My, how you have changed, PETE: An updated demographic profile of U.S. teacher education faculty

Kim C Graber, Amelia Mays Woods, Chad M. Killian, K Andrew R Richards, Jesse L. Rhoades

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Purpose: The landscape of physical education has shifted in the 30 years since Metzler and Freedman's seminal study examining the demographics of physical education teacher education faculty. Changes in the structure of physical education and academia justify an updated investigation, with particular emphasis on the gender and institutional affiliation of faculty. Methods: An expanded and validated version of Metzler and Freedman's survey was e-mailed to 908 physical education teacher education faculty from 505 U.S. institutions. A response rate of 46.21% was achieved. The data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics to examine differences based on gender and institutional affiliation. Results: Gender salary disparities have decreased, whereas teaching experience and qualifications of faculty have increased. Corresponding increases in research productivity were notably evident. Discussion/Conclusion: Faculty members remain predominately European American, publication output has increased, more institutions are hiring nontenure-track faculty, and perceptions of support for physical education are lower than in 1985.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)384-395
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Teaching in Physical Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2020


  • Higher education
  • Physical education
  • Socialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Education


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