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PhD, Middle Tennessee State University

MEd, Arkansas Tech University

BS, Arkansas Tech University


Elizabeth Bowles Sharp, PhD, received her Bachelor of Science in health and physical education and Master of Education in physical education from Arkansas Tech University, then went on to earn her PhD in human performance and physical education pedagogy from Middle Tennessee State University-Murfreesboro. Sharp teaches Methods of Team Activities, Methods of Teaching Physical Education in Elementary Schools, Methods of Teaching Secondary Physical Education, Sport in Society, History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education, Philosophy and Psychology of Coaching and School Health Education. She also supervises the pre-internship and student teaching experiences for K-12 teaching students at CMU.

Sharp teaches her courses using a hands-on approach. She provides multiple teaching opportunities for her methods classes, including partnering with local homeschool families. Her interests include using qualitative methods to investigate new teaching methods, changes in pre-service teacher thinking and the use of learning communities.

After finishing her master's degree, Sharp spent a year living and teaching in western China. She taught conversational English and American culture to sophomore English majors. Sharp has also done work with teachers in underserved areas of Narobi, Kenya. She also worked as an elementary physical education teacher from 2008-2011 at the Homer Pittard Campus School in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

In her free time, she serves on the Board of Directors for SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) of Colorado and for the She Has A Name organization in Kenya. She enjoys hiking with her husband and son, reading historical fiction, and being involved in her local church; serving as Vacation Bible School Director and Nursery Coordinator.

Selected Publications

Meyer, M. & Sharp, E.B. (2014). Shuttleball. Presented at AAHPERD National Convention. St. Louis, MO.

Sharp, E.B. (2013). Preparing the next generation of physical education teachers: The importance of hosting majors at your school. COAHPERD Journal, 38 (2).

Sharp, E.B. (2012). Why you should observe yourself teaching. COAHPERD Journal, 37 (2).

Bowles, E. E., & Kang, M. (March, 2010). Effect of teaching experiences on pre-service teacher concerns: A meta-analysis. Paper presented at the AAHPERD national conference, Indianapolis, Indiana. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 81 (Suppl 1), 41-42.

Sharp, E.B. (2013, October). Learning to Teach Game. Presented at COAHPERD State Convention, Denver, CO.

Curriculum Vitae

The CMU Physical Educators Club on Facebook

Elizabeth Sharp on Twitter