Luke E. Kelly

Virgil S Ward Professor of Education; Professor


  • Ph.D., Texas Woman's University, 1981
  • M.S., State University of New York-Brockport, 1977
  • B.S., State University of New York-Brockport, 1975

I have been at the University of Virginia since 1984 where I have directed the graduate programs in Kinesiology for Individuals with Disabilities and taught a variety of courses in the undergraduate kinesiology program. I currently teach KINE 5220 Program Planning and Evaluation in Kinesiology, KINE 5260 Kinesiology for Individuals with Physical, Sensory and Health Impairments, KINE 5280 Seminar in Kinesiology for Individuals with Disabilities, KINE 4000 Kinesiology for individuals with Disabilities, and KINE 4000 Practicum in Kinesiology. My professional interests involve working with the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities on revising and updating the Adapted Physical Education National Standards; nationally with public schools on developing achievement-based curricula that accommodate students with disabilities in their general physical education programs; and on developing computer-based applications to develop assessment skills in teachers. For hobbies I like to fly fish, I have been working on building a house for 7 years, one day a week, and I have been slowly growing a small forest on 6 acres of land since 1998.

Research Interests


Assessment of the physical and motor development of children with disabilities; design and evaluation of achievement-based curricula in physical education; design and evaluation of assessment-based instructional materials for teachers; use of computer technology in data collection and analysis in physical education; national standards for adapted physical education; and caseloads and instructional time for adapted physical education in the United States.