Les Podlog, PhD portrait
  • Associate Professor, Health-Kinesiology

Current Courses

Fall 2020

  • ATSM 7830-010
    Journal Readings
  • KINES 3340-001
    Sport Psychology
  • KINES 4921-004
    Peer Tutoring
  • KINES 4999-003
    Honors Thesis/Project
  • KINES 5830-010
    Journal Readings
  • KINES 6910-010
    Masters Internship
  • KINES 7830-005
    Journal Readings
  • KINES 7930-009
    Doctoral Internship
  • KINES 7954-012
    Prac. Eff. Tch. Doc.

Summer 2020

Spring 2020

Professional Organizations

  • American Psychological Association . 01/01/2008 - 01/01/2009. Position : Member.
  • North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity . 01/01/2008 - 02/28/2016. Position : Member.
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology . 01/01/2007 - 02/28/2016. Position : Member.
  • Sport Medicine Australia . 01/01/2007 - 01/01/2008. Position : Member.
  • European College of Sport Science . 01/01/2007 - 01/01/2012. Position : Member.

Teaching Philosophy

I aim to teach course content in a clear and structured manner by providing varied learning experiences for students of diverse learning styles, abilities and social/ethnic backgrounds. In particular, I believe it is important to foster a sense of competence, autonomy and relatedness (i.e., interconnectedness) in students through a variety of educational approaches that inspire their sense of imagination and creativity. Currently, I employ pedagogical techniques that involve the practice of “doing” sport and exercise psychology through a variety of “hands-on” learning activities (e.g., involvement in motivation experiments, memory and cognition tests under various arousal conditions). These activities are designed to provide students with experiential knowledge in addition to theoretical discussion of topics.  Ultimately, I truly believe that as a teacher I must convey my enthusiasm and interest in the subject matter if students are to be engaged with the learning material.

Courses I Teach

  • 3340 - Sport Psychology
    This course examines psychological theories and research related to sport behavior. The course is designed to introduce you to the field of sport psychology by providing a broad overview of major topics in the area. A primary focus will be on the application of psychological theory to sport and exercise professions such as coaching, athletic training, teaching, health education, or exercise leadership. It is anticipated that you will have developed an interest in further study in this area.

Current Students

  • Chris Hammer, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Chair.
  • Sean Bergeson, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Morgan Hall, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Chair.
  • Lindsey Greviskes, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Chair.
  • Mohammed Qasheesh, Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Member.
  • Brian Triptow, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Project. Role: Member.
  • Gino Barbagelata, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Project. Role: Member.
  • Juliann Cook, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Member.
  • Monique Schaal, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Member.

Former Students

  • Becky Eschler Black, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Thesis. Role: Member.
  • Devin Ashcroft, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Sean Davenport, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Project. Role: Member.
  • Daniel Sproles, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Monica Dolan, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Project. Role: Member.
  • Kristina Struthwolf, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Project. Role: Member.
  • Annie Van Leeuwen, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Project. Role: Member.
  • Hanah Kropf, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Project. Role: Member.
  • Cara Grenny, Master of Science (M.S.), Role: Member.
  • Chang Young Jang, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Member.
  • Anne Diluzio, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Project. Role: Member.
  • Andrea Stark, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Thesis. Role: Member.
  • Brett Allen, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Project. Role: Member.
  • Kelley Menefee, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Project. Role: Member.