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Dr. Sandra Shawver

Assistant Professor (Kinesiology)
Bridwell Hall


I am originally from Indiana. I moved to Wichita Fall in 1984 to start a 24 year career with the YMCA. In between I earned my Master's degree & taught collegiately in Salem, West Virginia & College Station, TX. I retired from the YMCA in 2007.

I love being active and am very competitive in selected sports. The outdoors is one of my happy places and I enjoy being with family and traveling.

I have been involved with developing, managing, and delivering the North Texas Senior Games since 1998. After the games were not offered for 10 years, I and other local leaders brought it back to Wichita Falls in 2017. From 2017-2019 MSUTexas was the host partner. We weren't able to host the event in 2020 or 2021 due to Covid. We are still working with local partners to bring the event back to Wichita Falls before the start of 2024. I am presently serving on the National Senior Games Board of Directors and am actively sitting on the Health & Wellness and National Games Committees.

My primary research area is the National Senior Games, how personality affects student learning and motivation.

Other Positions


Associate Professor

Bridwell Hall 321

Associate Professor

Bridwell Hall 321
Institution Degree Graduation Date
Texas Woman's University Ph.D. 2015
Springfield College Masters of Education 1990
Ball State University Bachelor of Science
Employer Position Start Date End Date
Midwestern State University Associate Professor of Kinesiology 09/01/2023
Midwestern State University Assistant Professor of Kinesiology 01/01/2016 08/31/2023
Midwestern State University Instructor 08/16/2009 12/31/2015
Southside Youth Senter Executive Director 10/17/2007 08/22/2009
Wichita Falls Metropolitan YMCA CEO 08/16/2003 08/11/2007
Wichita Falls Metropolitan YMCA - Child Care Branch Branch Director 08/24/2001 08/05/2003
Grand Prairie YMCA Associate Executive Director 06/08/1999 08/16/2001

Motivating Factors of National Senior Games Participants

Doctoral Dissertation

Swimming Seniors: You Can Teach an Old Fish New Tricks Blog, January 2019

Flipgrid Technology: Engaging Students in Kinesiology Higher Education


Journal of Exercise Physiology, 22(6):19.

Strategies for Using Flipgrid in the Kinesiology Classroom

US-China Review A, 10(5): 229-234.

Motivation to Participate in State Senior Games

Journal of Amateur Sport, 6(2): 1-22