Graduate Research Assistantship in Adapted Physical Activity/Education - West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2020


Our doctoral program at West Virginia University is a part of a multi-institutional doctoral training grant funded through the Department of Education, Office of Special Education. As a consortium of 9 institutions, we are seeking to train 28 highly qualified professionals in adapted physical education/activity, with emphasis on building research and teaching capacity within our field.


We have two fully funded graduate research assistantships (start August 2021).

  • Regular 12-month Graduate Research Assistantships (20hrs/wk) available
  • Receive a full-time tuition waiver for fall, spring, and summer semesters (9 credits or more) (valued at around $28,000 per year)
  • Full coverage of college and university fees, and student health insurance
  • Competitive graduate assistant 12-month stipend ranging from $20,500 to $23,000 per year
  • Funding support for expenses related to travel, research presentations and professional development ranging from $4500-$7000 per year. This professional development money can be used to cover costs to study formally or informally at another one of the participating consortium universities over the summer.
  • Total package upwards of $54,500 per year
  • Funding is available for 4 years of study



You would be advised by Dr. Samantha Ross and Dr. Andrea Taliaferro. Our research team aims to reduce health disparities experienced by children and adults with disabilities by increasing the capacity of professionals to deliver inclusive physical activity/education programming. We critically evaluate professional development opportunities, within higher education, including adapted physical education practicums and disability awareness activities within the classroom. Dr. Ross engages in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Disability Studies in Education. She investigates how curriculum in adapted physical education/activity and disability-centered courses aligns (or conflicts) with contemporary frameworks and narratives of disabilities. She is interested in how the structure and presentation of disability in these courses influences professionals' perspectives towards disability and inclusion, and subsequent instructional practices within physical activity settings.


Doctoral program

Our doctoral program has a strong emphasis on curricular development, building professional capacity to enact inclusion within public schools and community programs, and integration of technology within these settings. More information on our doctoral programs (we offer both a PhD and EdD) can be found at:



Please email Dr. [email protected], or phone 304-293-0841.