Dr Ellen Singleton

Professor Emerita & Adjunct Research Professor


Dr. Ellen Singleton (BPE, B.Ed, M.Ed. University of Alberta; Ph.D. Secondary Curriculum, and Instruction, University of Calgary) taught at the Faculty of Education for ten years. Prior to coming to the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Singleton taught for four years at the Department of Education at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Before moving into postsecondary education Dr. Singleton taught junior and senior high school in Edmonton, Alberta.

Her research interests have included: Pedagogical Theory and Practice in Physical Education, Moral Education, particularly in terms of Competition and Fair Play in Sport and Physical Activity, History of Physical and Health Education in North America, and the ways in which Physical Activity intersects with issues of Gender, Sexuality and Race in female-focused Juvenile Fiction from the past to the present. She maintains an interest in these areas by reviewing articles for scholarly journals, serving as an external examiner, and collecting early physical and health education texts.

Dr. Singleton is a member of the Physical and Health Education Canada Research Council, and served as the Chair of the organization for a number of years when it was known as the Council of University Professors and Researchers (CUPR). Dr. Singleton served as the first English Language Editor for the PHE Canada supported Revue phenEPS/PHEnex Journal, an on-line open source journal for research in Physical and Health Education in Canada. She was awarded the R. Tait Mckenzie Award of Honour from PHE Canada in 2011.

Recent Publications

Singleton, E, & Varpalotai, A. (2012). Pedagogy in Motion: A Community of Inquiry for Studies in Human Movement. London. ON: The Althouse Press.

Singleton, E. & Varpalotai, A. (2006). Stones in the Sneaker: Active theory for secondary school physical and health educators.London, ON: The Althouse Press.