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Leslie Williams


Leslie Williams

Meet Leslie Williams

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences and Human Performance

Education: 1995, University of Texas at Arlington, B.A.
2005, University of Florida, M.A.
2013, University of South Florida, Ph.D.

Courses Taught: Motor Development
Tests and Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science
Dance and Rhythmics
Classroom Management for Physical Education Teachers: Elementary Practicum I
Administration of K-12 Physical Education Curriculum: Elementary Practicum II
Teaching Middle School and Secondary Physical Education: Secondary Practicum III

Career Specialties: Secondary Physical Education
Secondary Health Education
Online Physical Education and Health Teaching and Learning

Leslie Williams works to prepare pre-service teachers at the elementary and secondary levels in physical education and health content areas and teaches required courses for K-12 physical education, human performance and other majors. Williams supervises internships at all levels in the physical education setting for UT’s pre-service physical educators. In addition to a number of years of physical education teacher education work, she has experience teaching in traditional and online secondary physical education and health settings. Williams stays connected to the K-12 setting with current teaching certificates in Florida and Texas in the areas of physical education, health, biology, English for Speakers of Other Languages and reading. Her research interests include identifying effective physical education practices and examining online teaching and learning at the secondary level, specifically within physical education and health content areas.


Professional and Community Activities: Williams has published an article in a peer-reviewed state journal ( SHAPE Florida Journal ) and has co-authored a chapter in a textbook ("Contemporary Uses of Technology in K-12 Physical Education: Policy, Practice and Advocacy"). She has presented at the Society of Health and Physical Educators state, regional and national conferences about effective online PE (OLPE) practices and experiences, and on topics related to physical activity and health lesson ideas for secondary PE classes. She is currently working on research related to OLPE.

As part of The University of Tampa’s collaboration with the School District of Hillsborough County, she has worked with middle school students on campus for the summer scholars’ program.

Williams has collaborated with the Florida Virtual School to provide innovative internship experiences for UT’s pre-service teachers and collaborates with the School District of Hillsborough County Physical Education supervisors to secure successful traditional internship experiences. Williams facilitates the teacher candidates’ opportunities to present at the state SHAPE Florida conference annually.

Williams serves on the health council and as an editor for SHAPE Florida .