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College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Faculty and Staff


Assoc Professor

Health Sport Sciences

Office Location: Elma Roane Fieldhouse 220

Phone: (901) 678-5437


Dr. Carol Irwin joined The University of Memphis in August of 2007, and currently is an Associate Professor of Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences. Dr. Irwin earned her B.A. in Physical Education from University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO, and both an M.A. in Sport Pedagogy, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction-Health Education from Kent State University in Kent, OH. At the University of Memphis, Dr. Irwin is the Unit Coordinator for PETE, and teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in methods of teaching, curriculum, and urban issues involving health and physical education. Dr. Irwin has spent over twenty years in the P-12 schools across the US, specifically in Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, and here in Tennessee. Prior to her tenure at the U of M, she was the Curriculum Coordinator for Health, Physical Education, and Lifetime Wellness for Memphis City Schools. Currently, Dr. Irwin is the Principal Investigator for the USA Swimming research study, “Constraints Impacting Minority Swimming Participation.” This nation-wide study was the first research to determine minority youth swimming ability, and to dig deeper to explore possible reasons why these underserved populations drown at such high rates. Dr. Irwin also is involved in exploring reliability of current and popular concussion assessments.

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