College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Susan E. King, Ed.D.

School of Education - Health, Sport, & Exercise Sciences
Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, HSES
Primary office:
Robinson Health and Physical Education Center
Room 161G
University of Kansas
1301 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7567


Susan E. King is an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy in the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences (HSES). She joined the faculty in 1992 after completing doctoral study in Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. King began her teaching career in 1980 as a dance specialist at Bennett College in Greensboro, NC. She taught dance at North Carolina State University from 1986 to 1988, then served as a dance specialist for Kings Mountain (NC) Public Schools for one year. King teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in curriculum design, instructional methods, dance, and technology. Her research interests include the recruitment and retention of ethnic minorities, teacher reflection, professionalism, and the connection between physical activity and academic achievement. She serves the HSES department as Undergraduate Coordinator, Program Director for Physical Education, and Coordinator of the Physical Activity Instructional Program. She is a member of several editorial boards and is a reviewer for Program Recognition from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

King specializes in recruitment & retention of minority students & professionals, curriculum design, and instructional methods.

Teaching Interests

  • Instructional methods
  • Curriculum design
  • Creative movement
  • Dance
  • Technology

Selected Publications

Taylor, P. Beneventi, J. & King-Beneventi, S. (2012). Too many lovers: A guide to freedom from idolatry, Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse.

King, S. E. (2008). Inspiring critical reflection in preservice teachers. The Physical Educator, 65(1), 21-29.

King, S. E. (2007). Fearless teaching: How I taught my way out of the box. Reflections from the Classroom: Essays on teaching written by notable KU faculty members (2006-07), 9, 6-8.

King, S. E. (2006). Inspiring Meaningful Reflection in Preservice Teachers. KU Center for Teaching Excellence.

King, S. E., & White, W. J. (1998). Conditions of teaching in Kansas. Topeka, KS: Report prepared for the Kansas State Board of Education.

King, S. E. (1997). Toward the creation of a more inclusive knowledge base in higher education. Chronicle of Physical Education in Higher Education, 8(3), 5, 16, 17.

King, S. E., & Chepyator-Thomson, J. R. (1996). Factors affecting the enrollment and persistence of African-American doctoral students
. The Physical Educator, 53(4), 170-180.

Chepyator-Thomson, J. R., & King, S. E. (1996). Scholarship reconsidered: Considerations for a more
inclusive scholarship in the academy
. Quest, 48(2), 165-174.

King, S. E. (1995). Hope, cope, and persevere: The experiences of African-American doctoral women. The Negro Educational Review, 46(3-4), 61-70.

Wilson, J. Ermler, K. Harris, B. King, S. E., & Monroe, D. (1995). Kansas adolescent physical activity and health/fitness project. KASCD Record: The Journal for the Kansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 13(1), 16-26.

King, S. E. (1994). A multi-case study of African-American doctoral degree recipients. Equity & Excellence in Education, 27(2), 53-61.

King, S. E. (1994). In short supply: Ethnic minority doctorates in physical education. The Physical Educator, 51(4), 205-212.

King, S. E. (1994). Winning the race against racism. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 65(9), 69-74.

King, S. E. (1994). African-American women and doctoral study. Resources in Education.

King, S. E. (1993). Reflections of a newcomer. Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 63(2), 43.

King, S. E. (1992). The enrollment and persistence of African-American doctoral students in physical education and related disciplines. Eugene, OR: Microform Publications.


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