Mark Urtel

Chair of the Department of Kinesiology

(317) 278-2015
(317) 278-2041


PE 267
IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management - IUPUI
901 W. New York Street, Ste. 250
Indianapolis, IN


  • Ed.D., Indiana University
  • Masters, Ball State University
  • Bachelors, Canisius College


Mark Urtel is the Chair of Department of Kinesiology at IUPUI; he has been teaching physical education and physical activity for over 20 years. Additionally, he has coached at the elementary level through to the competitive youth / interscholastic level and at the college-level. He also spent 12 seasons in the summer camp industry with the last three coming as camp director. He has chaired the IUPUI campus committee on assessment along with currently leading the assessment efforts of the school of PETM. He also maintains a consistent presence in the community by engaging his students in service-learning, serving on advisory committees, and providing professional development opportunities all centered on improving upon the physical education and physical activity opportunities of school-aged youth.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC-M 456 Methods of Teaching Physical Education
  • HPER-P 290 Movement Experiences for Preschool and Elementary Children
  • HPER-P 390 Growth and Motor Performance of School-Age Youth K-12
  • HPER-P 495 Laboratory Teaching in Physical Education Program
  • HPER-P 497 Organizational and Curricular Structures of Physical Education K-12


  • Weatherholt, A., Beekley, M., Greer, S., Urtel, M., and Mikesky, A. (2013) Modified Kaatsu training: adaptations and subject perceptions, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45(5), 952-961.
  • Culp, B. and Urtel, M., (2013) Demonstrating successful undergraduate research experiences across disciplines: The Physical Education Teacher Education perspective, JOPERD, 84(9), 24-27.
  • Urtel, M (2010). Academic Podcasts: The student perspective, Academic Exchange Quarterly, 12(4), 117-122.
  • Urtel, M. (2009). Assessing pre-service teachers’ use of digital video recordings as a form of feedback, Indiana Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 38(3), 35-38.
  • Urtel, M. (2008). Assessing academic performance between traditional and distance education course formats, Educational Technology and Society, 11(1), 322-330.

Research Interests

  • Technology and Physical Activity
  • Promoting Physical Activity for School-aged youth
  • Coaching Education and Professional Development for Fitness Professionals;

Current Projects

  • Mobile technology skill and knowledge acquisition in kinesiology students
  • Identifying the determinants of elective physical education participation in college-age students
  • Identifying the common factors of the encoding process toward cognition and motor learning

Honors & Awards

  • Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award recipient: 2010, 2012, and 2015;
  • Department of Kinesiology Jeff Vessely Service Award recipient: 2015;

Grants & Funding

  • IU Curriculum Enhancement Grant (2013) $16000
  • Using tablets to improve technology knowledge in Kinesiology students; Indiana Campus Compact Grant (2012) $3000
  • PETM Physical Education Technology Grant: Accelerometer and Heart Rate Monitors and Physical Activity (2009) $8500;


  • 2015 SITTE (Society for Information technology and teacher education annual conference), Las Vegas, NV, Using Android Tablets to Improve Technology Skills;
  • 2014 ALE (Association of Leadership Educators annual conference), San Antonio, TX, Camp Brosius Leadership Development Program;
  •  2013 AAHPERD (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance annual conference), Charlotte, NC, Undergraduate Research: the PETE perspective;
  • 2012 PETE (Physical Education Teacher Education triennial conference), Las Vegas, NV, Effectively training PETE majors as physical activity program directors;

Other Activities

  • I am also a National SHAPE America PAL (Physical Activity Leader) trainer for P-12 programs
  • Locally, I currently run a K-8 school physical education program.
  • I have also offered professional development for four K-12 school corporations and their wellness, health, and physical education teachers.
  • I have served as a professional developer for summer camps and the IAN (Indiana Afterschool Network) conference.
  • I was the 2014 Vice President for the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE).
  • I served as the IAHPERD (Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) President circa 2009-2010.