Biographical Sketch

Dr. Andrea Taliaferro joined Coaching and Teaching Studies faculty in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences in the fall of 2010. Taliaferro earned her Ph.D. (2010) and M.Ed. (2002) from the University of Virginia in the area of Adapted Physical Education. She holds an B.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Physical Education from James Madison University.

Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Taliaferro was as an Adapted Physical Education Specialist in three public school systems in Virginia for seven years. She also has experience as a general physical educator and coach. Taliaferro is a Certified Adapted Physical Educator through the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID), and is also an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer in Water Safety and Lifeguarding. Taliaferro has reviewed manuscripts for five different journals including Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. Taliaferro is a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE), NCPERID, and the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA), and has served on the Board for WVAHPERD and NCPEID.

Taliaferro’s research interests involve the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in physical activity with an emphasis on physical education teacher preparation and self-efficacy toward teaching students with disabilities, adapted aquatics, motor skill assessment, and community based physical activity. 

Professional Highlights

  • Research interests include the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in physical activity with an emphasis on physical educator/instructor preparation and self-efficacy toward teaching students with disabilities, adapted aquatics, motor skill assessment, and community based physical activity. 
  • NCPERID Nationally certified adapted physical educator (CAPE)
  • Director of the Friday Adapted Physical Education Program
  • Teaches courses related to adapted physical education, motor development, and effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels