Kathleen Marie Haywood, PhD

Title: Professor Emerita
Company: University of Missouri
Location: Saint Charles, Missouri, United States

Kathleen Haywood, Professor Emerita at the University of Missouri, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in kinesiology and physical education.

Dr. Haywood went into her profession because she wanted to teach and she wanted to influence curriculum. A highlight of her career has been being named a fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. She taught at the University of Missouri from 1976 to 2018, first starting as an associate professor and then into the roles of a full professorship and associate dean. In her career, Dr. Haywood contributed to conversation surrounding the fields by authoring Life Span Motor Development, four editions of Archery: Steps to Success, and Advanced Analysis of Motor Development with Mary Ann Roberton and Nancy Getchell.

Knowing the value of education in her own life, Dr. Haywood first earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Washington University in 1972. She continued at the institution to receive a Master of Arts in physical education in 1973. In 1976, she received a PhD in motor behavior from the University of Illinois. Upon the contributions she has made to the field during her career, she received the Central District Scholar Award and also the Mabel Lee Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Throughout her career, Dr. Haywood was dedicated to researching life span motor development and taught courses in motor behavior and development, sport psychology, and biomechanics.

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