Department of Kinesiology

Thomas Martinek, Professor, Program Coordinator for Graduate KIN Pedagogy


Office: 264 HHP Building, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Phone: 334-3034
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Brief Bio

Tom is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology. During his 30-year tenure at UNCG, Tom has focused his research efforts on the social and psychological dynamics of teaching and coaching. Dr. Martinek's work has been published in journals such Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, Journal of Exercise and Sport Psychology, Quest, Urban Review, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, International Journal of Sport Science, and Community Youth Development Journal. He has also authored or co-authored five books. He has spent the past eleven years directing and teaching in youth development programs which has served over 500 underserved youth. He also provides pre-service and in-service staff development programs for practitioners who work with at-risk, underserved children and youth. The basis of his work with kids evolves from his past sequential research on teacher expectancy effects, learned helplessness, and resiliency of children and youth.