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John Oppliger


Dr. John Oppliger has taught elementary and secondary physical education and coached several sports at both the junior and senior high levels. He has taught at two universities and his specialty areas are Adapted/Special Physical Education, Elementary Physical Education, and Administration. Dr. Oppliger has given over eighty professional presentations at the state, district, national and international levels and has over thirty publications. His research interests are in fitness testing and exercise prescription for both children and adults with disabilities.

Dr. Oppliger received a Bachelor's Degree from Fort Hays State University, Master's Degree from Pittsburg State University, and a Doctorate from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Oppliger has served as the Chairperson and Grant Director of the Kansas Council on Fitness, Kansas Physical Best Coordinator, Vice-President-Elect for Adapted Section-Central District AAHPERD, Vice-President for Sport & PE-Central District AAHPERD, College Section Chair-Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and Peer Reviewer-Journal of the Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


  • Chairperson of Department of Health, Human Performance & Recreation
  • Teaches Administration, Seminar, and Adapted Physical Education courses

HHPR Graduate Coordinator

  • Advises Graduate Students Working on the Master of Science in Physical Education
  • Teaches Courses in Physical Education and Recreation
  • Serves on Committees at the Department, College, and University Levels


  • B.A., Fort Hays State University
  • M.S., Pittsburg State University
  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Courses Taught

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Assessment of Motor Dysfunction in Special Populations
  • Methods & Materials for Teaching Adapted Physical Education
  • Practicum in Adapted Physical Education
  • Foundations of Human Performance and Wellness

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John Oppliger
Dr. John Oppliger
Department Chair/University Professor

Phone: (620) 235-4645

Office: 101C Student Recreation Center

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