Irene M. Cucina, D.P.E.

Office: Draper and Maynard Room 434
Email: icucina@plymouth.edu
Phone/Fax: (603) 535-2517/535-2395
Address: Health and Human Performance
Plymouth State University
MSC #22
Plymouth, NH 03264

Education

Springfield College, Springfield, MA. DPE, Pedagogy, 1999.
Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA. M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, 1992.
Northeastern University, Boston, MA. BS, Physical Education and Health Education Teacher Certification and Athletic Training, 1982.

Professional Experience

Plymouth State University, September 1998 – present.
Associate Professor (promotion and tenure granted June 2003), Department of Health and Human Performance, Coordinator, Graduate Program in Health Education, 2001 – present.

Springfield College, Springfield, MA September 1996 – August 1998.
Teaching Fellow, Physical Education Teacher Preparation Department; Adjunct Professor, Health and Leisure Studies Department; Adjunct Professor, Supervision of Student Teachers and Pre-Practicum for Physical Education Majors; Tutor, Graduate Statistics I and Research Design

Newton North High School, Newtonville, MA 1982 – 1996.
Physical Education Instructor (1982 – 1996); Director of Aquatics (1983 – 1996); Director of Intramurals (1982 – 1996); Varsity Girl’s Lacrosse Coach (1987 – 1996); Girls Varsity Basketball Coach (1985 – 1995); Assistant Girls Basketball Coach (1983 – 1985); Assistant Girls Lacrosse Coach (1983 – 1985); Freshmen Girls Soccer Coach (1984); Assistant Field Hockey Coach (1982-1983).

Examples of Recent Community Involvement and Scholarship

Professional Service

National

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance:
Observer to the Board of Governors (2002-2003); Local Planning Committee – Chair of Tours for National Convention; (1998 – 1999); Worked with AAHPERD Archivist preparing MAHPERD state history (1995 – 1997); Delegate to Representative Assembly (1993, 1998, 1999); Candidate for National Association of Girls and Women Sport Vice President Communications and Publications (1994); National Association for Girls and Women in Sport Links to Leadership Award Committee (1991 – 1992).

National American Red Cross
Pilot study for new Lifeguard Training materials (1992 – 1993).

Regional

Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance:
President-Elect (2002-2003); Executive Committee (2002-2004); Applied Strategic Planning Committee (2002-2003); Convention Site Committee (2002-2003); Executive Secretary Evaluation Committee (2002-2004); Chair Council for Services (2002-2003); Chair Research Committee (2001-2002); Council for Services (1995 -1997, 1992-1994,); Council for Conventions (2001-2002, 1994 -1995); Convention Co-Program Coordinator (2000-2001); Chair of Finance Committee (1998 – 2001) Edited Convention Manual (1999); Edited Awards Manual (1999); Chair Awards and Convention Manual Update (1999 – 2000); Fall Leadership Facilitator (1997); Co-Chair Awards and Scholarship Committee (1996 – 1997); Compiled Convention Manual (1996); Updated Press Releases (1996); Vice President of Recreation (1994 – 1997); Chair of Outstanding Professional Award Committee (1995 – 1996); Awards and Scholarship Committee (1996); AHPERD Past President Outstanding Student Major Award Committee (1995); Finance Committee (1993 – 1994); Substitute Pay Grant Committee (1993 – 1994); Outstanding Professional Award Recreation Sub-committee (1993 – 1994); Moderator at Fall Leadership Conference (1993); Delegate to Representative Assembly (1992 – 1999); Presider at numerous sessions at the annual convention; Reviewer of EDA Guidelines Grades 9 – 12.

State

New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Past Vice President, Health (2002-2003); Vice President, Health (2001-2002); Vice President Elect, Health (2000-2001); Member of Public Relations Committee (2000 – 2002); Convention Planning (2000-present).

Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Archivist (1994 – 1999); Membership Registration Committee (1996 – 1998); Convention Registration Committee (1996 – 1998); Physical Education Frameworks Committee (1996); Outstanding Future Professional Award Committee (1991 – 1999); Constitution and By-Laws Committee (1995 – 1997); Vice President of Division of Girls and Women in Sport (1989 – 1991); Public Relations Chair (1991 – 1992); Chair of Pathfinder Award Committee (1990 – 1991); Chair of Outstanding Student Major Award Committee (1991 – 1993).

Girls and Women in Sport
Plymouth State College Women History Month Committee Member (1998-1999); Emcee Massachusetts Girls and Women in Sport Day, Fanueil Hall, Boston (Feb. 1996); Candidate for Women Sports Foundation Budget Car Coaches Award (1995); Bay State Games – Head Girl’s Lacrosse Coach Scholastic Division (1996); Bay State Games – Chair to pilot girls lacrosse in 1996 Festival (1995 – 1996); New England School Girls Lacrosse Association – selector for Select Team (1995); Massachusetts Advocates for Women in Sport Leadership Committee (1990 – 1998); Massachusetts National Girls and Women in Sport Day Committee (1989 – 1998); Massachusetts National Girls and Women in Sport Day Reader (1989 – 1998); New Agenda Northeast Hall of Fame Banquet – Mistress of Ceremonies (1991).

Publications

Keller, K., Cucina, I., & Bernier, J. (2004). Effect of knee flexion on internal and external ti bial rotation s trength in males and females. Journal of Athletic Training, 39(2), S-

Kitano, I., Cucina, I., Bernier, J. (2004). The effectiveness of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) exercises on shoulder joint position sense in baseball pitchers. Journal of Athletic Training, 39(2), S-62.

Cucina, I. & McCahan, B. (2003). Comparison of The Modified Push-Up And The Full Body PushUp For College Aged Women. Research Quarterly For Exercise And Sport, 74(1), 5.

Bates, L., & Cucina, I. (2003). Exercise as a Prescription for Type 2 Diabetes. Society for Public Health Education Abstract Proceedings Midyear Scientific Conference Proceedings. Las Cruces, NM: SOPHE.

Otomo, H., Bernier, J., & Cucina, I. (2002). Effect of ‘off-the shelf’ insoles on foot position awareness and postural sway. Journal of Athletic Training, 37(2), S-94-95.

Toriida, A., Bernier, J., & Cucina, I. (2002). The effect of ice and massage on proprioception of the shoulder following fatigue protocol. Journal of Athletic Training, 37(2), S-102.

Valencia, E. S., Bernier, J. N., & Cucina, I. M. (2002). The effectiveness of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching program on muscle soreness and ROM in basketball players. Journal of Athletic Training, 37(2), S-106-107.

Cucina, I. M. & McCormack, L. (2001). A student created community service project for higher education. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 72(9), 47-50.

Cucina, I. (1999). “Using Writing to Reflect on Work Samples Included in the Foundations of Physical Education Portfolio” University of New Hampshire Writing Across the Curriculum Journal.

Presentations

Connecticut Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Cromwell, CT. Assessment – The Battle Continues. November 19, 2004.

New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Waterville Valley, NH. Dance – Shake It, Don’t Break It! (presented with PSU PETE students), November 18, 2004.

Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Killington, VT. Connecting the Dots . . . Making Sense of Assessment. November 12, 2004.

Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Killington, VT. Creative Line Dancing – Part II. November 12, 2004.

Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Rockport, ME. Making Connections Across the Curriculum. November 8, 2004.

Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Rockport, ME. Pedometers! Take a Walk! November 8, 2004.

Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH. Faculty Workshops: Teaching at PSU. Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask. August, 24, 2004.

Eastern District Association, Burlington, VT. Creative Line Dancing 102 – Let the Dance Continue. March 2, 2003.

Pennsylvania and Delaware Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Lancaster, PA. The New PE – Becoming A Change Agent. November 21, 2003.

New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Waterville Valley, NH. Creative Line Dancing 101. November 20, 2003.

Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Salisbury, MD. Assessment Techniques That Work. October 31, 2003.

Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Burlington, VT. Advocacy in Your Physical Education Program. October 23, 2003.

Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Burlington, VT. Dance: It’s A Lifetime Activity. October 23, 2003.

Rhode Island Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Kingston, RI. (Keynote Speaker). September 26, 2003.

Rhode Island Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Kingston, RI. Wellness Concepts for Educators. September 26, 2003.

New Hampshire Youth Fitness Summitt, Plymouth, NH. Pedometers As A Motivational Tool to Increase Physical Activity. September 29, 2003.

Society for Public Health Education, Lac Cruces, New Mexico. Exercise as a Prescription for Type 2 Diabetes. June 19, 2003. (Co presenter).

Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Burlington, VT. Assessment and Secondary Physical Education: Fact or Fiction?. October 25, 2002.

Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Towson, MD (Keynote Speaker). Power in Partnerships: Mind, Body, Spirit. October 18, 2002.

New Hampshire Consumer Life Science Association, Waterville, NH. (Keynote Speaker) Thinking on your feet. Using current brain research to improve teaching, March 22, 2002.

Eastern District Association Convention, Baltimore, MD. Tired of your workout? Balls are not just for throwing, February 14, 2002.

Eastern District Association Convention, Baltimore, MD. Dance it’s a hoot! How to integrate dance into your wellness curriculum. February 16, 2002.

New Hampshire AHPERD Fall Conference, Waterville, NH. Dance for the Physical Educator with Two Left Feet. November 16, 2001

New Hampshire AHPERD Fall Conference, Balls Are Not Just for Throwing Anymore. November 16, 2001

Nashua Public Schools All Day Workshop, Nashua, NH. Best Practices in Physical Education and Assessment Techniques. November 6, 2001.

Eastern District Association Convention, Newport, RI. To Cue or Not To Cue, March 8, 2001.

New Hampshire AHPERD Fall Conference. Cool Cues Cookbook, November 16, 2000.

New Hampshire AHPERD Fall Conference. Take a Lap Not!, November 16, 2000

New Hampshire Youth Fitness Summit, Plymouth, NH. Teacher Cueing – A Work in Progress. September 26, 2000.

Eastern District Association Convention. Magic Cues II, February 25, 2000.

Eastern District Association Convention. Specificity of Feedback Using Alternative Assessment, February 24, 2000.

Tri-County School District All Day Workshop, Keene, NH. Elementary Physical Education: Or Can You Really Teach An Old Dog New Tricks?, October 9, 2000

Eastern District Association Fall Leadership Conference, Enfield, CT. How to get people involved in professional activities. September, 2000.

New Hampshire AHPERD Fall Conference. Magic Cues, November 19, 1999.

Plymouth State College Faculty Day, Plymouth, NH. Reflective writing for first year students, August, 1999.

Pinkerton Academy In service Day, Nashua, NH, Revitalizing the secondary physical education curriculum. March 14, 1999.

New Hampshire AHPERD Fall Conference. Writing Rubrics, November 20, 1998.

Eastern District Association Convention. Methods of Authentic Assessment Utilized in Secondary Physical Education. February 20, 1998.

North Carolina AAHPERD Physical Education Leadership Training Conference. World Dance and Line Dancing Accelerated Learning. September 25-27, 1997.

New England Educational Research Organization, Inc. Looking for Accountability: Methods of Authentic Assessment in Secondary Physical Education. April 29, 1997.

Springfield College Physical Education Secondary Methods Class. World Dance and Line Dance. October, 1997; February 11 and 12, 1997.

Honors and Awards

Eastern District Association Honor Award, February 2005.
New Agenda Northeast. Inducted into Women’s Hall of Fame, November 2004.
New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Outstanding Professional Award for College Teaching, 2002.
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2002, 2003, 2004.
Eastern District Association Student Investigator Award, 1998.
National Association for Girls and Women in Sport Pathfinder Award (MA), 1997.
Eastern District Association Presidential Medallion, 1996.
Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, 1996.

Courses Taught

PE 3720 Motor Learning
PE 2731 Motor Development
PE 2550 Foundations in Physical Education
PE Physical Activities for Elementary Education Majors
PE 2410 Fitness Activities
PE 2160 Tennis for Physical Education Majors
HE 3330 Evaluation and Research in Health Promotion
PE 4710 Physical Education Student Teaching K-12; Elementary
PE 4720 Physical Education Student Teaching K-12; Secondary
AP 5950 Graduate Thesis (graduate)
HP 5110 Wellness Concepts for Educators (graduate)
HP 5050 Substance Abuse, First Aid, Safety and Consumer Health (graduate)
HP 5030 Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs (graduate)

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