Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Our Faculty and Staff: Pea Poole

Pea Poole

Pea Poole, M.A.

AP Associate Professor
233 Coleman Building

About Professor Poole

Karen “Pea” Poole, M.A., is an Academic Professional Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).

Certified as a physical education specialist with a sociology minor from Bishop Otter College of the University of Sussex higher education system, she began her teaching career in 1979 in the United Kingdom. She taught physical education and social science at a girl´s grammar school which eventually transitioned to a co- educational institution. She received a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship (1985) and taught at a junior high school in Danbury, CT for one year.

She received her Master of Arts degree in Sport Management & Sociology from Appalachian State University, Boone, NC and taught physical activity in the university Health, Leisure and Exercise Science department until 1996.

Professor Poole currently teaches Kinesiology (KIN) Majors and students in the general UNCG community. She teaches in the Activity Instruction Program and Aquatics, and in Physical Education and Health Teacher Education. She has also taught in the UNCG Student Academic Services sponsored Strategies for Academic Success program.

Professor Poole is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including:

  • The Department of Kinesiology inaugural HUMARTS service award sponsored by KIN emeritus faculty (1999),
  • The School of Health and Human Performance (HHP) Teaching Excellence Award (2003),
  • The School of HHP Teaching Innovation Instructional Technology Award (2004),
  • The UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award for Nontenured Faculty (2005),
  • a UNCG University Marshals award for excellence for positively affecting the success of students at UNCG (2005) and
  • in 2005, she was a nominee for a U.S. Professor of the Year Award sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching,
  • in 2015, Professor Poole was the recipient of the School of Health and Human Sciences Mary Frances Stone Teaching Excellence Award.

Courses Taught

  • KIN 150: Swimming for Non-Swimmers
  • KIN 151: Beginning Swimming
  • KIN 175: Beginning Tennis
  • KIN 214: Racquet Sports
  • KIN 231: Recreational Games
  • KIN 250: Introduction to Kinesiology
  • KIN 307: Observation/Analysis of Fundamental Movement
  • KIN 379: Instructional Strategies of Physical Activity
  • KIN 461/462: Student Teaching Supervision/Seminar
  • KIN 475: Independent Study Supervision

Scholarly & Professional Keywords

Physical Activity; Aquatics; Physical Education and Health Teacher Education; Instructional Methods