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Matt Curtner-Smith

Professor, Sport Pedagogy
Department of Kinesiology

College of Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Physical Education teaching
  • Teacher education, teachers, and curriculum


  • Teacher socialization
  • Curriculum models
  • Teacher effectiveness


  • Ed.D. Sport Pedagogy, University of Northern Colorado
  • M.S. Exercise and Sport Science, Colorado State University
  • B.Ed. (Hons.) Physical Education,  Educational Studies and History, University of Exeter


  • 2020: Lynch, S., & Curtner-Smith, M. D. (2019). “You have to find your slant, your groove”: One physical education teacher’s efforts to employ transformative pedagogy. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy24(4), 359-372. Winner of the 2019 Paper of the Year in PESP.
  • 2019: Southern District SHAPE America Scholar Award 
  • 2016: Journal of Teaching in Physical Education Outstanding Reviewer Award (Editorial Board Member).  
  • 2015: Nellie Rose McCrory Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching (University of Alabama, College of Education)
  • 2011-2012: Paul W. Bryant Endowed Professorship for Research (University of Alabama, College of Education)
  • 2003: University of Alabama Alumni Association Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award

International and National Rankings

  • 2020: Ranked in the top 1% of the most cited scientists in the world across disciplines (actual rank 79,493).  
  • 2020: Ranked in the top 2% of cited scientists across disciplines from 1966 to 2020 (actual rank, 158,923). 
  • 2020: Ranked 3 among the most cited sport pedagogy researchers based in the United States. 
  • 2020: Ranked 10 among the most cited sport pedagogy researchers in the world. 


Matthew Curtner-Smith has worked in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Alabama since 1991. He prepares undergraduate preservice physical education teachers, works with sport pedagogy graduate students, and conducts research on physical education teaching, teacher education, teachers, and curriculum.