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Gunnar Cazers, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Physical Education

Dr. Gunnar Cazers was appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training in August of 2013. He specializes in teaching courses in sport pedagogy, health and wellness, adapted physical education, and motor learning/motor development.
Dr. Cazers earned a Ph.D. in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport pedagogy from the University of Alabama in December 2009. Before coming to The University of West Alabama he was the chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He completed is master’s degree at Baylor University. Dr. Cazers received his undergraduate degree in his hometown at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Before working in academia, he spent many years as a physical education teacher and coach in Minnesota, Germany, Texas, and Alabama. Besides English, he speaks German and Latvian. He holds active teaching licenses in Minnesota, Texas, and Alabama.

 His research interests include sport history and the life histories of physical educators. He is a member of SHAPE America, the national association of physical educators, and of ASAHPERD, the Alabama state organization of physical educators. In his free time, Dr. Cazers enjoys running, biking, Nordic walking, and playing the blues.

Gunnar Cazers, Ph.D



  • PhD- Kinesiology, Sport Pedagogy The University of Alabama 2009
  • MS- Education, Human Performace Baylor University 1998
  • BS- Physicial Education The University of Minnesota 1984
  • Recent Publications

  • Cazers, G., & Curtner-Smith, M.D. (2016). Robin’s story, Life history of an exemplary American female physical education teacher. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 36, 197-208. Publication 2016
  • Cazers, G., & Curtner-Smith, M.D. (2014). Life history of Karen: A physical education teacher educator with an impairment. Palaestra, 28(2), 47-53. Publication 2014
  • Cazers, G., & Curtner-Smith, M.D. (2013). Legacy of a pioneer African American educator. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 84, 39-51. doi:10.1080/02701367.2013.762290 Publication 2013
  • Cazers, G., & Miller, G. A. (2000). The German contribution to American physical education: A historical perspective. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 71(6), 44-48. Publication 2000
  • Awarded Seed Grant Funding in the amount of $1000 for a proposal entitled: “Investigating Motivations for Student Participation in State Conferences” from the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. Because of the pandemic, the conference did not take Grant 2020