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Kathleen Wack

Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education 403 ASRCDepartment of Health and Human Performance
Work Phone: 304-336-8535


Wack serves as an Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education in the College of Education and Human Performance, where she has taught since 2011. Prior to that, she served as a K-12 district level administrator, teacher, and coach. She received a B.S. in Physical Education from Bethany College;  M.S. in Physical Education, Science of Exercise, from Slippery Rock University; Education Administration Certification through Hood College; and is a doctoral candidate in Coaching and Teaching Studies at West Virginia University.

Professor Wack’s service and research focuses on making K-12 schools healthier and more physically active through school-university partnerships. She received national recognition for this work when named the National Healthy School Hero from the Action for Healthy Kids organization. The Active Eagles program that Wack organized led in part to WLU achieving the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll national designation.

She received commendations for her volunteerism from the governors of both West Virginia and Maryland; the mayor and City Council of Wheeling; and five community organizations. She received the Scholar Award from SHAPE-WV for delivering more than 100 national, state, district, university, and school-level presentations. She is particularly proud of spearheading a campaign over the last five years to build a $225,000 inclusive playground for the school and community at Woodsdale Elementary School.

Wack was also nationally recognized as an athlete. She was named the 1998 Woody Hayes Division III Woman of the Year, NCAA Woman of the Year for West Virginia, and was an Academic All-American in both swimming and cross country. She has been inducted into three different Alumni Hall of Fame rosters — for her high school, college, and collegiate athletic conference. Wack lives in Wheeling with her husband and three children.