Rhonda Clements

Rhonda Clements, Ed.D.

Professor, Physical Education

Room: 19 (Benzinger Hall lower level)
Wednesday 1:00 – 4:00 pm; Other times by appointment
(914) 323-5327

About Me

Dr. Rhonda Clements is a Professor and the Program Director for the Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy master’s program. She has authored or edited eleven books in the area of movement, play, and game activities for children and has also written 50 articles concerning the need for physical play. She has presented at 70 national, international, state, and local conferences. Dr. Clements was one of eight national experts to contribute to Active Start: A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Birth to Five Years, a document sponsored by SHAPE America. She is the recipient of the Early Childhood News’ Director’s Choice Award for the Let’s Move, Let’s Play product. Dr. Clements is a past president of the American Association for the Child’s Right to Play (IPA/USA), and also served as a training consultant to numerous state education departments and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She conducted a national survey aimed at investigating the extent to which children are playing outdoors today. She is a past associate editor of an international online journal and is serving on UNICEF’s Early Childhood Development Unit. She has been interviewed by more than 100 reporters and news and television journalists.

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Movement Sciences and Education, Doctor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Curriculum and Teaching Physical Education, Master of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Curriculum in Physical Education, Master of Education, University of Maine
Health, Physical Education, and Dance, Bachelor of Science, University of Maine
Awards & Grants

Dr. Clements was the Fall 2019 recipient of the New York State Association for Health, PE, Recreation, and Dance (NYS AHPERD) Professional of the Year at the 82nd Annual NYS AHPERD State Conference, Verona, N.Y. She was also the recipient of the University of Maine Presque Isle, Most Distinguished Alumni Award, Presented at the Alumni Weekend Banquet in September 2019.