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Paul Calleja

Paul Calleja

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

College of Education and Health Professions

(HHPR)-Health, Human Performance, & Recreation

Phone: 479-575-2854

Fax: (479) 575-5778

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In 1994, Paul earned a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University. While attending school in California his degree emphasis was in pedagogy (Kinesiology) with a minor in special education. After completing school in the west he decided to travel to the University of Arkansas (UA) where he completed a master’s degree in adapted movement science (1999) and a doctorate in Kinesiology (2004). During Paul's time as a graduate student he was employed as a graduate assistant in the Department of Health Science, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Dance (HKRD) and also in the office for research, measurement, and evaluation (ORME). Prior to starting as assistant professor in Kinesiology, Paul was employed as the education outreach director (2003 – 2005) for the Microelectronics Photonics department at the UA.

As the director, Dr. Calleja connected the complexities of University research to K-12 education and the community. While in this position, he also continued to be an active member in several national organizations including the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education (NAKPEHE).

While employed as the education outreach director Paul continued to conduct research and teach in Kinesiology. In the spring of 2004, Dr. Calleja taught courses in Kinesiology, an entry level class in HKRD. He also began to incorporate philosophies from Kinesiology into his responsibilities as director by enhancing the collaborative process between physical education, science, and math teachers at one of the Springdale middle schools. Prior to this position, he worked in multiple teaching and research venues. As a graduate assistant Paul held two separate posts at the University of Arkansas. One of these positions was as a research graduate assistant with ORME. His duties in this position included the development of grants, web surveys, drafting technical reports, and data manipulation. The other position was as a graduate assistant for 3 years in the HKRD Department. In this position Paul taught multiple physical education activity courses (PEAC) and also provided instruction for two upper level courses, which included teaching styles/lesson plans and assessment in adapted physical education. To compliment his teaching and research experiences he also served as a member on several university committees that included two HKRD faculty search committees and a committee formed to increase retention and integration of Latino persons into the university community. In addition to his university experience and as part of Paul's initial graduate assistantship with HKRD, he was assigned to John Tyson Elementary School in Springdale, Arkansas as a physical education instructor. To culminate a fantastic graduate experience at the UA he was honored by HKRD with the outstanding doctoral student award in 2003.

The interdisciplinary collaboration between middle school physical education, math, and science teachers and its effect on student academic performance

  • Kinesiology and Pedagogy
  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Kinesiology, 2004
  • M.S.,  University of Arkansas, 1999
  • B.S.,  San Jose State University, Physical Education, 1994
  • Turner, R.C., Twitty, L.L., Salamo, G., & Calleja, P.C. (2005, April). Partnering Measurement Professionals with Scientists and K-12 Educators: Evaluating the KIDS Project. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Montreal, Canada.
  • Salamo, G., Calleja, P., & Turner, R.C. (2005, March). The University of Arkansas GK12 KIDS Program: Changing graduate training to include a responsibility for K-12 science and math education. Presentation at the National Science Foundation annual GK12 Project Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Salamo, G., Calleja, P., & Turner, R.C. (2005, March). K-12 I Do Science Program. Poster presentation at the National Science Foundation annual GK12 Project Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Salamo, G., Calleja, P., Turner, R.C., & Twitty, L.L. (2005, January). Preliminary outcomes from the KIDS Project: Years 1-3. One-hour presentation at the University of Arkansas Interdisciplinary Policy Studies’ Research in Progress monthly seminar, Fayetteville, AR.
  • Calleja, P.C., & Kern, J.C. (2005, January). A Collaboration Between Middle School Physical Education, Science, and Math Teachers for Improved Physical Education, Science, and Math Programs. Presented at the annual National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education conference, Tucson, AZ.