Dr. Stephen Silverman

Stephen Silverman is dean and professor of the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University. He joined FAU after more than two decades at Teachers College, Columbia University where he was a professor, department chair and senior advisor to the provost for research preparation, and where he now is a professor emeritus. He previously held faculty positions at Louisiana State University, The University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dean Silverman’s research focuses on teaching and learning (motor skill and attitude) in physical education and on the methods for conducting research in field settings. He has made well over 250 presentations to international, national, and regional groups and has published over 150 chapters and papers, including more than 95 refereed research articles. He is the co-author of 17 books related to teaching and research methods including Proposals that Work: A Guide to Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals (6th ed., 2014, Sage), Student Learning in Physical Education: Applying Research to Enhance Instruction (2nd ed., 2003, Human Kinetics), Reading and Understanding Research (3rd ed., 2010, Sage), and Research Methods in Physical Activity (7th ed., 2015, Human Kinetics). Dr. Silverman has served as editor of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education and the Research Works column of the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. From 2002-2005 he served as editor-in-chief of the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

Dean Silverman has delivered a number of prestigious lectures including the 2018 Society of Health and Physical Educators Curriculum and Instruction Scholar Lecture, the 2011 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Alliance Scholar Lecture, the 2002 Raymond A. Weiss Distinguished Lecture (AAHPERD), the 2000 AAHPERD Eastern District Scholar Lecture, the 1993 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Physical Education Scholar Lecture, and the 1992 AAHPERD Research Consortium Scholar Lecture. He was recipient of the first Exemplary Research Paper Award presented by the AERA Special Interest Group on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education. In 1999 was recognized by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as an outstanding alumnus for his contributions to educational research and in 2010 was inducted into The University of Texas at Austin Kinesiology and Health Education Hall of Honor. He has received both the Curriculum and Instruction Academy Honor Award from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the Distinguished Service Award from the AAHPERD Research Consortium. In addition, he was the recipient of the 2008 NASPE Presidential Award and in 2010 was elected as an AERA Fellow.

A past chair of the NASPE Curriculum and Instruction Academy, Dean Silverman, also served as co-chair of the Physical Activity and Physical Education Expert Panel of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He served on the Spencer Foundation task force that developed guidelines for the preparation of educational researchers. He previously served as national chair of Health and Safety Services for the American Red Cross and was a member of the Physical Education Standards Committee of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Dr. Silverman is a Fellow in the AAHPERD Research Consortium and an Active Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and is a past-president of both organizations.

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