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Xiaofen Keating



Xiaofen D. Keating received her BS and MEd in physical education pedagogy and athletic training theory, respectively, from Beijing Sport University (BSU) in China and then held a faculty position at BSU for seven years. After receiving her PhD in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Keating was a faculty member at California State University at Los Angeles for seven years. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), where she teaches educational research design and health-related fitness courses.

To date, she has published more than 80 peer-reviewed research articles, four book chapters for pediatricians, edited one textbook entitled Fitness for Life and co-edited the textbook Lifetime Learning: Effective Secondary Physical Education Program, which was published in China in 2016. She has given more than 180 presentations at international, national and state professional conferences. She is active in a variety of professional organizations, including American Education Research Association (AERA); the (Society of Health and Physical Educators) SHAPE America; the International Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Sports and Dance; and the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD). She received the 2018 TAHPERD Honor Award, the 2017-2018 Scholar of the Year Award from SHAPE America Southern District and the 2015-2016 Scholar of the Year Award from TAHPERD.

Dr. Keating’s research has centered on health-related fitness education and improving students’ health-related fitness by changing their physical activity behaviors in educational settings in both China and the United States by publishing in both Chinese and English journals. Her research comprises two strands: (1) student health-related fitness education and fitness testing in schools and (2) changing student physical activity behaviors through education, technology in fitness testing and physical activity promotion. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in her work, including experimental research, survey methods and case studies.

Dr. Keating has also collaborated with scholars from China and Spain. She has served as a distinguished scholar at universities in China and has regularly delivered a number of professional talks to Chinese faculty members and students for more than a decade. In addition, working with the International Office at UT Austin, Dr. Keating designed U.S. sports culture infusion programs for Chinese students majoring in health and physical education. Through these programs, groups of Chinese undergraduate students have learned American sports, such as football and baseball, every summer since 2011.

Dr. Keating has taught a variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her signature course, Fitness for Life, is a popular undergraduate course at UT Austin. In addition, she teaches research design and methodology courses in educational settings for doctoral students.