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Thomas Moran


Thomas Moran
Associate Professor of Kinesiology  

James Madison University

What inspires me:
“'To teach touches a life forever.' We provide students opportunities to discover gifts, talents and career paths often unforeseen." 

Thomas E. Moran

Thomas E. Moran is an associate professor in the department of kinesiology at James Madison University. His area of expertise is adapted physical education, motor development and motor learning. 
Moran’s passion stems from his personal experiences as an individual with cerebral palsy. Moran is the founder and executive director of Empowerment3, the Center for Physical Activity and Wellness for Underserved Youth. Within Empowerment3, Moran and his students run a variety of physical activity and nutrition-mentoring programs for children, adolescents and adults with disabilities across the Shenandoah Valley. Each semester, the center offers programs on campus, within K-12 schools and community venues serving more than 200 participants through more than 400 college student mentors from 29 different academic programs across campus. 

Moran also is the lead content expert for President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition’s I Can Do It, You Can Do It (ICDI) model. Moran and his team support the council’s efforts in getting colleges and universities, K-12 schools and community organizations to adopt the ICDI model and offer health promotion programs in each state and community across the United States. 

Moran earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from State University of New York at Cortland. His scholarly work focuses on addressing barriers to community-based participation for individuals with disabilities and on inclusion pedagogy (providing educators/coaches/instructors a systematic approach to adequately meet the needs of individuals of all abilities, including disabilities.  

Moran has given more than 130 professional presentations and keynote addresses in which he challenges audiences to focus on manipulating tasks and the environment, rather than the individual, to help all people be successful in their classrooms or programs. 

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