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Sean M. Bulger, Ed.D.


Associate Dean for Graduate and Online Education

Email: Sean.Bulger@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: 304-293-0845
Office Location: PAS 267
Office Hours: By appointment only
Zoom Hours: Tuesday 11-12 PM, Wednesday 11-12 PM, Thursday 11-12 PM,
Zoom Address: Sean Bulger on Zoom
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Professional Highlights

  • Received the 2016 Ray O. Duncan Award from the state HPERD association for outstanding service and leadership. 
  • Co-authored more than 60 books, chapters and journal articles on physical activity promotion and best teaching practices.
  • Collaborated on over $5 million in external funding to support physical activity in school, community, and family settings. 
  • Delivered over 130 presentations at state, regional and national conferences/conventions. 

Educational Background

  • Ed.D., Physical Education Teacher Education, West Virginia University
  • M.Ed., Secondary Education/Athletic Administration, North Dakota State University
  • B.S., Physical Education, The Canisius College of Buffalo


  • Certified as Physical Best Health-Fitness Instructor, National Association for Sport and Physical Education, 2009
  • Certified as Physical Best Health-Fitness Specialist National Association for Sport and Physical Education, 2009
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength and Conditioning Association, 1993

Committees and Memberships

  • Member, National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education (NAKPEHE)
  • Member,  Society of Health and Physical Educators, SHAPE America
  • Member, West Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, (WVAHPERD)

Research Interests

  • Health-oriented physical education
  • Comprehensive school physical activity programs
  • Professional issues in teacher education and higher education
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Capstone courses and senior year experience.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Sean Bulger serves as the Associate Dean of Graduate and Online Education in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. His current leadership role includes administrative oversight of enrollment management, student success, graduate education, and distance learning. Bulger received his B.S. in Physical Education from Canisius College of Buffalo (1992), M.Ed. from North Dakota State University (1997), and Ed.D. from WVU (2004) with an emphasis in physical education and cognate in applied exercise science. Bulger has more than twenty-five years of experience working with individuals across a developmental perspective in a range of physical activity settings involving school, community, and family-based programs. His research and teaching interests include children’s physical activity and health-related fitness, school physical activity, and professional issues in higher education. He has authored over 60 journal articles, chapters, and books in these areas and delivered more than 130 state, regional, national, and international presentations. Bulger’s current collaborative, community-based projects target increased access to healthy foods and physical activity in rural WV through policy, systems and environmental changes. He remains committed to the mission of the land-grant university and aspires to maintain a well-integrated approach to his teaching, research, and service activities. Related contributions to the profession have resulted in multiple state-wide recognition and awards.