Lauren Sulz, PhD, MSc, BSc, BEd

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - Secondary Education Dept

Contact

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - Secondary Education Dept
Email
lsulz@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-0870
Address
350 Education Centre - South
11210 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5

Overview

About

Dr. Sulz is an Assistant Professor with a focus on physical education and health education. Lauren's research includes school sport and school-based physical activities, whole-child education, comprehensive school health, and health and physical education pedagogy. 

Education

PhD (2014)
Faculty of Education, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
University of Victoria, British Columbia

Masters of Science (2008)
College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan

Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education (2003)
Faculty of Education, University of Saskatchewan

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (2003)
College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan

 


Research
  • Physical Education and Health Education Curriculum 
  • Pedagogical Issues in Physical Education and Health
  • Comprehensive School Health
  • Physical Literacy and Health Literacy
  • School Sport and Extra-Curricula Physical Activity
  • Physical Activity Experiences of Girls and Young Women

Dr. Sulz's primary research commitments focus on school-based strategies to promote active healthy lifestyles among children and youth. She works collaboratively with teachers, researchers and community stakeholders to enhance students’ physical activity and health behaviours through changes to school curricula, school policy and school environments.  Through this research, Dr. Sulz aims to create a whole-school environment where student health is an essential foundation to schools’ core mission of learning. A second and complementary area of study is centered around school-based sport and coaching. Dr. Sulz is currently exploring strategies to enhance interschool sport and extra-curricular physical activity opportunities for students and support teacher-coaches in offering these programs.

Lauren's SSHRC-funded research recognizes the multiple benefits of sport and seeks to understand the role of school sport among low-income families. Specifically, this research aims to understand the extent in which participation in school sport supports attendance, grades, attitudes towards school, and wellbeing of students from low-income households. 

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in education focusing on physical education and health education, or related research topics, please contact Dr. Sulz at lsulz@ualberta.ca.

Announcements

Guest on City of Champions podcast (June 6, 2018) with Shane Fennessey:

Courses

EDEL 595 - Special Seminar in Elementary Education: Selected Topics

Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students.

Summer Term 2020
EDSE 347 - Curriculum and Teaching for Secondary School Physical Education Majors I

Prerequisites: *9 in the Major subject area, EDPY 304, EDU 100/300, 210, and 211. Corequisite: Courses in the Introductory Professional Term (IPT) for the Secondary Education Route. Successful completion of the on-campus portion of the IPT is expected prior to being granted permission to continue into EDFX 350. Note: Not open to first year students.

Fall Term 2020
EDSE 348 - Curriculum and Teaching for Secondary School Physical Education Minors

Prerequisite: *9 in the Minor subject area; pre/corequisites: EDU 100 or 300, EDU 210, and EDU 211. Note: EDSE 348 is not open to first year students or students whose Major is Physical Education.

Fall Term 2020
EDSE 401 - Conference Seminar

May require payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2020
EDSE 447 - Curriculum and Teaching for Secondary School Physical Education Majors II

Prerequisites: Introductory Professional Term and *24 in the Major subject area to include KIN 294 or PAC 101. Corequisite: EDSE 451. Successful completion is expected prior to being granted permission to commence EDFX 450.

Winter Term 2021
EDSE 451 - Integrating Theory and Classroom Practice in the Advanced Professional Term

Prerequisites: Introductory Professional Term and *24 in the Major subject area. Corequisite: Courses in the Advanced Professional Term for the Secondary Education Route including EDFX 450. Students may not receive credit for both EDFX 451 and EDSE 451.

Winter Term 2021
EDSE 501 - Conference Seminar

Prerequisites: consent of Instructor and Department. May include alternate delivery sections; may require payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2020

Scholarly Activities

Research - School Sport and Educational Success: Exploring KidSport's Stay-in-School Initiative for Low-Income Youth in Alberta

Lauren's SSHRC-funded research recognizes the multiple benefits of sport and seeks to understand the role of school sport among low-income families. Specifically, this research aims to understand the extent in which participation in school sport supports attendance, grades, attitudes towards school, and wellbeing of students from low-income households. 


Research - Sleep Soundly: Understanding the translation of sleep promotion at school to sleep behaviours at home. Insights from children and parents

Lauren is a co-investigator on a CIHR funded research to understand if and how school-learned sleep behaviours translate to sleep behaviours at home.

Publications

Health Literacy & Comprehensive School Health
Author(s): Lauren Sulz; Stephen Berg
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Physical Education for Elementary School Teachers: Foundations of a Physical Literacy Journal

If you must cut athlete from school sport teams: consider best practices
Author(s): Gleddie, Sulz, Humbert, & Zajdel
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance

Research-Informed Tips for Teaching Physical & Health Educators
Author(s): Sulz, Balderson, Gleddie, Hickson, Chorney, & Kell
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Runner
Volume: 49
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 9-14

Whole-School approaches to health promotion in high schools: a review of four recent interventions
Author(s): Sulz, L. & Gibbons, S.L.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: International Journal of Physical Education
Volume: 53
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 2-15
External Link: https://www.cms.ualberta.ca/-/media/0D1F788B060D4FCA94358D2CC26AF09B
Measuring student motivation in high school physical education: development and validation of two self-report questionnaires
Author(s): Sulz, L.D., Temple, V., & Gibbons, S.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: The Physical Educator
Volume: 73
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 530-554

Complexity of choice: teachers’ and students’ experiences implementing a choice-based Comprehensive School Health model
Author(s): Sulz, L.D., Gibbons, S., Naylor, P.J., & Wharf Higgins, J
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Health Education Journal
External Link: https://www.cms.ualberta.ca/-/media/D4633D7451CE4C0DA11C9B625E103A85
To PE or not to PE, that is the question
Author(s): Naylor, P.J., Wharf Higgins, J., Gibbons, S., Rhodes, R., Sulz, L., McKay, H., Voss, C., & Macdonald, H.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Volume: 37
Issue: S2
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcjd.2013.03.245
A student's choice: enrollment in elective physical education
Author(s): Sulz, L.D., Humbert, M.L., Gyurcsik, N.C., Chad, K.E., & Gibbons, S.L.
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: PHEnex
Volume: 2
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 1-17