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Jody Langdon

Professor of Exercise Science & Coaching
Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Office: Statesboro Campus-Hollis Building – Room 1101B
Phone: 912-478-5378
Fax: 912-478-0381
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Selected Works
Google Scholar

Teaching Statement

My teaching philosophy mimics that of the University’s mission, especially in terms of creating a culture of engagement among students. In all of the courses I teach, I strive to foster an interactive approach with students and find new and interesting ways to engage them in the learning process.


Research Statement

My primary research focus is in autonomy supportive teaching/sport coaching, grounded in self-determination theory. I have investigated the use of autonomy support among physical education teachers, youth sport coaches, and university teaching assistants. In working with colleagues, I also have focused on studies related to concussion diagnostics, obesity bias, early sport specialization, burnout, and motives

Research Interests

  • Enhancing student or athlete motivation
  • Coaching education
  • Psychological response to injury
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning

Ongoing Projects

  • Effects of coach autonomy support on athlete outcomes

Recent Publications

The Lived Experience of an In-Season Concussion Amongst NCAA Division I Student-Athletes (with Matthew S. Moreau and Thomas A. Buckley), International Journal of Exercise Science (2014)

Promoting Physical Activity Through Student Life and Academics (with Tyler McDaniel and Bridget F. Melton), Health Education Journal (2013)

Sleep Trends and College Students: Does it Connect to Obesity? (with Bridget F. Melton and Tyler McDaniel), College Student Journal (2013)

Using Photovoice for PETE Program Assessment (with Ashley D. Walker, Gavin T. Colquitt, and Tony A. Pritchard), Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (2013)

Exploring Student Attitudes Toward Physical Education and Implications for Policy (with Gavin T. Colquitt, Ashley D. Walker, Melanie Pomazal, and Starla McCollum), Sport Scientific and Practical Aspects (2012)

Recent Grants and Awards

Langdon, J. & Melton, B. (2014). ADA Badminton and Tennis Association ADA Badminton and Tennis Company’s College and University Instructional Physical Activity Program (C/UIPAP) Research Award ($5000) for Improving IPAPs through GTA Autonomy Supportive Teaching Training.

Langdon, J. (2013). Georgia Southern University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellowship ($3000) for Determining the Effectiveness of the Flipped Classroom Model on Student Learning and Attitudes in an Undergraduate Research Methods Course.

Langdon, J. (2013). Georgia Southern University Faculty Development Committee Grant ($1040) for Travel to The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance National Convention and Exposition Charlotte, NC.

Langdon, J. (2012). Georgia Southern University Faculty Service Grant ($1000) for Impacting the Professional Lives of Kinesiology Faculty and Students.

Opportunities for Students

I am always looking for students who have an interest in research methods and learning the process of conducting research.

I am currently looking for undergraduates to help collect data for a project involving youth soccer athletes.

Last updated: 7/19/2023