Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Our Faculty and Staff: Ang Chen

Ang Chen

Ang Chen, Ph.D.

254, Coleman Building
Curriculum Vitae

About Dr. Chen

Ang Chen is professor of kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research encompasses children/adolescent motivation for physical activity, learning in physical education, physical activity and physical skill assessment, and program evaluation. Dr. Chen has been a principal investigator and Co-PI/Co-Investigator in several federally funded, large-scale, multi-year physical education curriculum intervention studies involving dozens of public schools and thousands of students. Dr. Chen has published over 80 scholarly and research articles in quality journals and scholarly books and made over 120 scholarly presentations at national and international scientific conferences.

He has given about 30 keynote addresses nationally and internationally. He has served on many expert panels including the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment. Dr. Chen is an Active Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Kinesiology and a Research Fellow of SHAPE – America.

He received his Bachelor of Education degree from Nanjing Teachers University of China and Master of Education degree from the Shanghai University of Sport in China. He completed his Ph.D. study at the University of Maryland – College Park, U.S.A.

Dr. Chen was a high school physical education teacher and coach and a faculty member at University of Hawaii – Manoa, Arizona State University, University of Maryland – College Park prior to his current position at UNCG. Dr. Chen is a distinguished guest professor at Shanghai University of Sport in China.

Classes taught

  • KIN 664
  • KIN 658
  • KIN 656
  • KIN 657
  • KIN 455
  • KIN 453
  • KIN 370
  • KIN 396 (Study Abroad)

Scholarly & Professional Keywords

physical activity motivation, learning in physical education, physical activity and skill assessment, physical activity program evaluation

Selected Publications (from 76)

Chen, A., Zhang, T., Wells, S., Schweighardt, R., & Ennis, C. D. (in press). Impact of Teacher Value Orientations on Student Learning in Physical Education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.

Chen, A. (2016). Motivation Research in Physical Education: Learn to Become Motivated. In C. D. Ennis (Ed.). Routledge Handbook of Physical Education (pp. 567-580). London: Routledge.

Chen, A. (2015). Operationalizing physical literacy for learners: Embodying the motivation to move. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 4, 125-131.

Chen, A. (2015). School environment and its effects on physical activity. Kinesiology Review, 4, 77-84.

Chen, A. (2013). Special Topic: Top 10 questions related to children physical activity motivation, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 84, 441-447.

Chen, A., Sun, H., Zhu, X., & Ennis, C. D. (2012). Influences of Personal and Lesson Factors on Caloric Expenditure in Physical Education. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 1, 49-56.