Dr. Valerie Wayda received her B.S. in Physical Education from the State University of New York at Cortland (1985), M.S. (1986) and Ed.D. (1990) from WVU in Sport Studies with an emphasis in Motor Development, Sociology and Statistics.
Prior to serving as department chair at WVU, Wayda was employed at the University of Virginia (1990-93) as the Coordinator of the Service Physical Education Program/faculty member in the sport psychology program; Ball State University (1993-2005) as the Coordinator of the Sport Psychology Program and the Coaching Minor, and the University of Central Arkansas (2005-2009) as Coordinator of the Physical Education Teacher Program. She is a life-time member of AAHPERD and ICHPERD-SD and has been a member of NAKHE since 2000. She has served in various leadership roles within Midwest District AHPERD, NASPE, NAKHE, and NCACE.
- National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education 2015 Distinguished Service Award
- Fellow of the North America by the North American Society (NAS) of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals.
- Vice-President for National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education (2011-2012)
- Research interests include professional dispositions and subjective warrants of pre-professionals entering athletic coaching and physical education teacher education.