Nick Washburn

Assistant Professor



The University of Alabama, Ph.D., Sport Pedagogy 

State University of New York at Cortland, M.S.Ed., Physical Education - Coaching Pedagogy 

State University of New York at Cortland, B.S.Ed., Physical Education Teacher Education 

Current Courses

PE 440 - Middle School Physical Education Methods

PE 440P - Middle School Physical Education Practicum

PE 441 - High School Physical Education Methods

PE 441P - High School Physical Education Practicum

PE442P - Practicum in Physical Education

KIN 422 - Professional Issues in Health and Exercise Settings


Dr. Washburn is beginning his second year as an Assistant Professor of Secondary Physical Education and Health in the Health and Human Development Department. He has a passion for facilitating future teachers' professional development from both scientific and dispositional perspectives. He lives with his wife and daughter in Ferndale. When not working, Dr. Washburn enjoys spending time with his family and being active outside.


Faculty Research Interests

Pedagogical methods, motivational processes in physical education

Selected Publications

Washburn, N. S., Sinelnikov, O., A., & Richards, K. A. R. (In Press). Enhancing student learning in sport education through the manipulation of need-supportive instruction. Physical Educator.

Washburn, N. S., Wahl-Alexander, Z. (2017). Summer camps as a vehicle for instilling physical literacy. Camp Business, July/August, 20-23.

Richards, K. A. R., Washburn, N. S., Carson, R. L., & Hemphill, M. A. (2017). A 30-year scoping review of the physical education teacher satisfaction literature. Quest, 69(4), 494-514.

Washburn, N. S., Richards, K. A. R., & Sinelnikov, O. A. (2016). Advocating for more student-centered physical education: The case for need-supportive instruction. Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 29(6), 37-39.

Washburn, N. S., Sinelnikov, O., A. (2015). Physical education websites: Are we painting a positive self-portrait? Physical Educator, 73(2), 193-212.