Bo Shen

Bo   Shen
Professor - Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership
Office Location: 2171 Faculty/Administration Building, 656 West Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202

 Office Hours:

  • Monday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 2171 FAB 
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 2171 FAB
  • Or by appointment
Phone: 313-577-5828
Fax: 313-577-9301

  • B. A. in Physical Education, Central China Normal University, China 
  • M. ED in Physical Education, Shanghai University of Sport, China   
  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park



Dr. Bo Shen is a full professor in the Division of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Studies at Wayne State University. He received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland in 2004. Dr. Shen’s research focuses on students’ motivation, curriculum and instruction in physical education, and physical activity interventions. He has had 97 presentations at national and international conferences and has authored over 55 data-based refereed research articles published in primary journals in the field of education including physical education, such as Contemporary Educational Psychology, British Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Experimental Education, Learning and Individual Differences, Sex Role: Journal of Research, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sports, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, Journal of Health and Physical Activity, Obesity Review, etc. Dr. Shen was the first recipient of Helen M. Heitmann Young Scholar Award By Curriculum and Instruction Academy of National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and has been bestowed the Research Writing Award by the research consortium of American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and two Exemplary Paper Awards by the Special Interest Group (SIG) of Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education at American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Curriculum Vitae 


Program Coordinator: Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership

Research faculty for the Center for School Health

Area Of Expertise

  • Physical Education Curriculum
  • Physical Activity Intervention
  • Effective Teaching
  • Motivation in Education

Research Interests

  • Interest-based Motivation Theory 
  • Self-determination Theory and Physical Education and Physical Activity Involvement
  • Cultural Comparison in Motivation Characteristics in Physical Education

Courses Taught

  • Physical Education Student Teaching Seminar
  • Sport Education I
  • Motor Learning and Development
  • Effective Teaching in Physical Education
  • Motivation in Physical Activity and Physical Education