Michele M Sweeney
|Title:||Visiting Associate Professor|
|Resume:||Michele M Sweeney [DOC 72KB]|
Michele Sweeney, Ed.D. is the Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Salem State University. As an associate dean, Dr. Sweeney's greatest interest lies in the advocacy of the liberal arts as well as the undergraduate student's first year experience. She supports 20 departments in developing quality programming, and faculty initiatives.
In addition to her adminstrative role, Dr. Sweeney also holds the title of Visiting Associate Professor in the Sport and Movement Science Department after having served as a full time faculty member from 1999-2010. In the Sport and Movement Science's graduate program, Dr. Sweeney enjoys engaging K-12 educators in the creative thinking and integration of wellness education into the school culture using a 21st century achievement based curriculum and instructional design approach that is fully aligned with an institution's mission, strategic plan and desired outcomes. Dr. Sweeney has done extensive study in the area of constructivism as it relates to a specific teaching strategy named Tactical Games Approach or Teaching Games for Understanding.
Currently, Dr. Sweeney's professional energy has been spent on advocating for wellness education in higher education. She is responsible for initiating a Wellness Advocacy Group, supported by McGraw Hill Education Group, and a yearly conference on College/University Wellness and Physical Activity Instructional Programs. She has written national position papers, and led in the development of appropriate practice documents for leaders in the field. She is currently working with professionals from institutions such as Virginia Tech, Georgia Southern, Texas Tech, Auburn University, Washington State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Indianapolis and Youngstown University to promote wellness education nationally.
Dr. Sweeney's current professional interests include
K- 16 wellness education
The first year experience and the success of the first year university student
The liberal arts contribution to a university students' education
Physical activity as it relates to student retention
Team based learning
Constructivist pedagogical strategies
SMS 805 Curriculum and Instructional Design in Health and Physical Education
Dr. Sweeney's personal interests include
walking, swimming, and biking