Dean Steve Mitchell

Dr. Stephen Mitchell

Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs and Graduate Education
Office Location:
407 White Hall
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Steve Mitchell has been at Kent State University in Ohio since 1992. He is the Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs and Graduate Education in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, and a Professor in Curriculum and Instruction.

Steve holds a PhD from Syracuse University and Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Loughborough University in England. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters related to standards-based teaching in Physical Education, and has co-authored three textbooks, including two related to teaching games for understanding within public school physical education, with one now into its fourth edition.

Steve is a past-president of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD), a role in which he fronted advocacy efforts that led to a mandatory standards based Physical Education assessment system in the state of Ohio. More recently, Steve has been a member of the SHAPE America Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Examiners of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


Ph.D in Teaching and Curriculum with specialization in Pedagogy and Sport Psychology, Syracuse University, New York, M.A. in Education Studies, Loughborough University of Technology, England, B.A. (Joint Honors) in Physical Education, Sport Science and History, Loughborough University of Technology, England


Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, Sport Pedagogy, National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), The impact of state legislation on the implementation of anti-obesity policy in K-12 education, The effectiveness of alternative approaches to teaching and coaching in games and sport, Curriculum Development, assessment and research design

Research Methods

Quantitative and qualitative designs


Program Report Coordinator for the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America), Board of examiners for the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Recently served a two year term as President of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance


  • SHAPE America Physical Education Teacher Education Honor Award
  • Induction into North American Society of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Professionals