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Jack Sears

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Assistant Professor
Director, Kinesiology Physical Activity Program


268 Pearson Hall
1800 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121


  • PhD, Physical Education Teacher Education, The University of Texas at Austin
  • MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, Sam Houston State University
  • MACE, Christian Education and Recreation, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • BS, Education, Baylor University


Dr. Jack Sears is an instructor and the program director for the Kinesiology Physical Activity Program in the Department of Kinesiology at Temple University. His academic background is in education, having received his Bachelor's Degree with a concentration in recreation and sports from Baylor University in Texas. In 1982, he completed his Master's of Arts Degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Texas, with concentrations in collegiate ministry and recreation.

After thirteen years of working in church recreation and student ministry in Texas and Alabama, Jack began a 17-year career working internationally in Malawi, Cyprus, Russia and Turkey. His primary concentration was with student development and sports. During that time he coached baseball, basketball, volleyball and taught physical education in a number of international private schools. In 2008 he returned to Texas and began work on his Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Texas. Upon completing his degree in 2011 he began work as an adjunct instructor in both the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the Department of Kinesiology at SHSU. His teaching areas included physical education teacher education, pre-service teacher education, motor learning and motor development. In 2019 he earned his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin where he focused on physical education teacher education. His dissertation was entitled, "The effects of refugee resettlement on physical educators' behavior and teaching practice."

Jack's primary role at Temple University is to administrate the Kinesiology Physical Activity Program (KPAP), providing leadership and supervision to 35 adjunct instructors, and to provide direction for the future of the program. The KPAP currently offers over 90 sections of various physical activity classes to almost 2000 students. Dr. Sears looks forward to developing the KPAP in scope and quality and providing excellent physical activity opportunities for the students, faculty and staff at Temple University. He likes to say, "If you don't take care of your body, where are you going to live?"

Research Interests

  • The effects of refugee students on physical education
  • International coaching
  • The influence of sport and physical activity on peace building
  • Coaching and teaching PE in Secondary Education
  • Physical activity and the 21st century college student