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Karen Smail

Associate Professor

Address: Silcox Center
Phone: 843.953.8247
E-mail: SmailK@cofc.edu



Education

Ph. D. - University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

  • Adapted Physical Education/Movement Studies
  • Dissertation: Developing Work Performance Measures in High School Students with Mental Retardation
  • Chair – Dr. Michael Horvat

M.S. - Canisius College, Buffalo, NY.

  • Physical Education Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Thesis:  Perceived Attitudinal Difference in High School Female Students towards Physical Education and Physical Activity
  • Chair – Dr. Lisa Griffin

Hons. B.A. - University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada.

  • Recreation and Leisure Studies with a minor in Therapeutic Recreation and Business  Co-Op

Research Interests


Undergraduate Research
  • 2010    Mentored 5 undergraduate students in PEHD 498 Capstone Research Experience in Exercise Science. ‘The Effectiveness of a Strength Training and Nutrition Education Program in a High School Self-Contained Special Education Class’
  • 2010    Mentored 1 Bachelor’s Essay  ’Evaluating the Use of the Nike+ System as a Motivational Tool for Beginning an Exercise Program', Funded MAYS grant, College of Charleston $640.00
  • 2009    Mentored 15 undergraduate students in PEHD 498 Capstone Research Experience in Exercise Science - ‘Comparing Changes in Body Composition through Exergaming vs Aerobics’;‘Exergaming for Fitness:  Benefits of Wii Fit on Cardiovascular Health and Flexibility’
  • 2008    Bachelor’s essay – reader ‘Comparison of Inelastic and Elastic Lumbosacral Orthoses for the Management of Acute Episodes of Low Back Pain’
  • 2007        Mentored 2 undergraduate Physical Education Teacher Education students. Mentored students with the research design, data collection, statistical analysis and final presentation of study (Teacher Work Sample, (TWS) NCATE required assignment)
  • 2006    Mentored 1 undergraduate Physical Education Teacher Education student. Mentored student with the research design, data collection, statistical analysis and final presentation of study (Teacher Work Sample, (TWS) NCATE required assignment)
  • 2005    Mentored 1undergraduate Physical Education Teacher Education studen.  Mentored student with the research design, data collection, statistical analysis and final presentation of study (Teacher Work Sample, (TWS) NCATE required assignment)

Grants and Sponsored Research
  • U.S. Department of Education, Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant.  (funded).  Fit for School ….Fit for Life.  10/1/10- 6/30/13.  External Evaluator:  Karen Smail  $825,448. Submitted under Dr. Nancy McGinley, CCSD Superintendent. I wrote approximately 80-85% of the grant and directed CCSD in collecting supporting documentation to complete the grant application.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (funded) Move, Groove, Get Active – A Family Centered Community Recreation Program for Children with Aspergers/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 7/1/10-6/30/10.  Co-PI’s: Karen Smail and Marie Manning.  $14,058.
  • College of Charleston, MAYS Grant (funded) Evaluating the Use of the Nike+ System as a Motivational Tool for Beginning an Exercise Program, 8/09-5/10, PI: Austin Ruedrich, Co-Secondary Investigators:  Deborah A. Miller and Karen Smail, $640.
  • Special Olympics (funded)  The impact a nutrition education and strength training program has on a self-contained special education high school class. 1/1/10-5/30/10.  Co-PI’s:  Karen Smail and Kara Trachtenberg.  $5,000.
  • College of Charleston Department of Health and Human Performance Research Grant (funded).  Implementing a Strength Training and Nutrition Education Program in a High School Self-Contained Special Education Class.  1/15/10-3/30/10.  Co-PI’s:  Karen Smail and Kara Trachtenberg.  $640.
  • Autism Speaks (not funded). Move, Groove, Get Active – A Family Centered Recreation Program for Children with Autism/Asperger’s. 07/01/09-06/30/10.  Co-PI’s:  Karen Smail and Marie Manning. $24,982.
  • College of Charleston Department of Health and Human Performance Research Grant (funded).  Comparing Heart Rates of 5th grade students in a Physical Education class vs. an exergaming class environment. 2/1/10-4/2/10.  PI: Karen Smail $1,650.        
  • College of Charleston Faculty Research and Development Grant (funded).  Combating Childhood Obesity using the innovative game of Socci. 7/1/09-12/15/09.  PI:  Karen Smail $4,000.
  • College of Charleston Department of Health and Human Performance Research Grant (funded).  Combating Childhood Obesity through Innovative Instructional Strategies in Physical Education.  10/1/09-12/15/09.  PI:  Karen Smail  $2,100.
  • National Science Foundation (not funded).  Educating the Versatilist through Exercise Resulting in Future Information Technologists (EVER FIT) 04/01/08- 12/15/11.   Faculty Associate:  Karen Smail $1,300,000.
  • South Carolina Department of Education. At-Risk Student Innovation Competitive Grant Program. (not funded) A Family Centered Wellness Program for 9th Graders at R.B. Stall H.S. 8/1/09-6/30/10.  Co-PI’s:  Karen Smail, and Anne Dassing $244,860.
  • College of Charleston, Department of Health and Human Performance Research Grant (funded).  Using Exercise to Increase Reading and Math Scores. 4/5/09-5/3/09.  Co-PI’s:  Karen Smail and Anne Dassing $1,395.
  • College of Charleston, Department of Health and Human Performance Research Grant (funded).  Wii Fit Fun. 11/1/08-5/15/09.  Co-PI’s:  Karen Smail, Sue Balinsky, Deb Miller, Jodi Ruff $3,255.
  • School of Education Teacher Scholar Research Grant (funded).  Tracking heart rates across activities in Elementary school children. 1/15/2007-3/30/07 PI:  Karen Smail $1,748.
  • College of Charleston Department of Physical Education Research Grant (funded). Tracking heart rates across activities in Elementary school children.  1/15/07-3/30/07.  PI:  Karen Smail $552.
  • College of Charleston Department of Physical Education Research Grant (funded).  Body  Mass Indices in Charleston County Schools. 1/15/06-12/15/07 Co-PI’s:  Deborah Miller, Karen Smail, Edie Ellis, Sue Balinsky $520.
  • College of Charleston Department of Physical Education Research Grant (not funded).  Infrastructure for Human Performance Lab. 1/15/06-5/15/06 Co-PI’s: Tim Scheett and Karen Smail $12,000.
  • College of Charleston Faculty Research and Development Grant (funded).  The Effects of Differentiated Instructional Strategies on Fitness levels of 4th Grade Students. 8/15/05-5/15/06.  PI:  Karen Smail $350.
  • College of Charleston School of Education Research and Development Research Grant (funded). The Effects of Differentiated Instructional Strategies on Fitness levels of 5th Grade Students.8/15/05-5/15/06 PI:  Karen Smail $850.

Honors and Awards

2009    Junior Faculty, Teacher-Scholar Award, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, College of Charleston

2007    Who’s Who Among American Women

2006    Who’s Who Among American Teachers


Publications

Journal Articles (peer reviewed)

Smail, K. (2010).  Using technology to keep students healthy.  Academic Exchange Quarterly, Fall, 14 (3) 172-176.

Smail, K. and Horvat, M. (2009).  Resistance training for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Clinical Kinesiology, Summer (1).  http://clinicalkinesiology.org/

Smail, K. M. and Horvat, M. (2006).  The relationship of muscular strength on work performance in high school students with mental retardation. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities. 41(4) 410-19. Writing and editing done at the College of Charleston.

Smail, K. M. and Horvat, M. (2005).  Effects of balance training on individuals with mental retardation. Clinical Kinesiology, Fall (2). http://clinicalkinesiology.org/ - Writing and editing done at the College of Charleston.


In Review (peer reviewed)

 

Smail, K.M., Lewis, A. and Romberger, N. (in review) Using homework in physical education to develop fitness.  Journal of Physical Activity and Health. (resubmit with revisions)


    Other Publications (peer reviewed)

     

    Smail, K. (2009). Testing out of physical education.  Issues.  Journal of Physical Education Recreation and Dance (JOPERD)80(6), 58.

    Smail, K.M. and Horvat, M.  (2007).  Improving performance in functional tasks through balance in individuals with mental retardation.  Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 78(1) 103. Writing and editing done at the College of Charleston.


    Manuscripts in Preparation

     

    Smail, K. and Schaeffer, G.  Socci:  An Inclusive Curriculum.  Possible submission to Strategies.

    Smail, K., Spurlock, D. and Beck, L. Exergaming:  It’s impact on fitness and academic performance.  Possible submission to Journal of Education for Teachers.

    Smail, K.M. and Balinsky, S. Where have all the girls gone?  Attitudinal differences between females who elect physical education in high school and those who do not.  Possible submission to Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal.

    Smail, K.  and Manning M.  Designing a Recreation Program for Adolescents with Aspergers/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Possible submission to Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.


    Monograph

     

    Smail, K.M. (in negotiations).  The Relationship of Muscular Strength and Balance on Work Performance Measures in High School Students with Mental Retardation.  Lambert Academic Publishing, Munich, Germany.