David Porretta

Faculty Mentor
Professor Emeritus, College of Education and Human Ecology
Department of Kinesiology, Columbus Campus

Dr. David Porretta is known internationally as a scholar of adapted physical activity. He has been a professor in adapted physical activity at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for more than 30 years.

Dr. Porretta is a published scholar and regularly presents papers at international, national and state meetings. From 2002 to 2007 he served as editor of Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, the official journal of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, where he also served on the advisory board for the journal. Dr. Porretta is an elected Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and has received $4 million in external funding.

Dr. Porretta was the 1999 recipient of the Hollis Fait Scholarly Contribution award and the 2003 G. Lawrence Rarick Research Award, both presented by the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities. He served as president for the consortium from 1996 to 1998. In 2004, he received the Adapted Physical Activity Council’s Professional Recognition Award.