Sara Campbell

Teaching Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Sport Studies

What I do

Learn, teach, coach, connect, inspire, create.


Coach education<br>Program evaluation<br>Mixed methods<br>Philosophy

Professional Biography

Dr. Campbell is an assistant professor at University of Denver where she teaches courses in the undergraduate program in Kinesiology and Sport Studies and in the Master of Arts in Sport Coaching. Her research interests are in coach education, program evaluation and philosophy. Before beginning here career at DU, Sara spent six years as a lecturer at Montana State University Billings, where she taught physical education and exercise science courses. Sara is currently a coach developer for US Soccer and has 15 years of experience as a soccer coach. She is also a former professional soccer player.


  • Certificate, Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies, University of Georgia, 2022
  • Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Georgia, 2022
  • MS, Sport, Recreation, and Fitness Management, Montana State University Billings, 2011
  • BS, Health and Human Performance, University of Montana, 2009

Licensure / Accreditations

  • C Instructor License
  • Grassroots Instructor License, Level II
  • National A Coaching License
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • State of Montana K-12 Educator License
  • SafeSport Trained


Previously, I've published research that spans sport psychology, scholarship of teaching and learning, coach education. Moving forward, I plan to publish in the areas of program evaluation, sport sociology, and poststructuralism.

Featured Publications

Campbell, S., & Waller, S. (2020). A systematic review of the contemporary research on coach development programs. The International Journal of Coaching Science, 14(1), 3-38.


Campbell, S., & Sussmann, M. (2024). Game Changers: Celebrating Icons of Inclusion in Sport. Kinesiology and Sport Studies Students. Anderson Academic Commongs, Denver, CO.


Campbell, S., & McCullick, B. (2023). A Principles-Focused Evaluation of a Coach Education Program. 14th International Council for Coaching Excellence Global Coach Conference. Singapore: International Council for Coaching Excellence.
Campbell, S. (2023). Athletics Leadership Institute - Captains Panel. Athletics Leadership Institute - Captains Panel. Denver, Colorado, USA: University of Denver, Athletic Department.
Campbell, S., Atkinson, O., Mills, J. P., Kuklick, C. R., Gearity, B., & McCullick, B. (2021). Engaging in Paradigmatic Dialogue: A Bibliometric Analysis of Coaching Scholarship from 1970-2020. 13th International Council for Coaching Excellence Global Coach Conference. Lisbon, Portugal: International Council for Coaching Excellence.
Hall, J., & Campbell, S. (2021). Mixing technologies to establish community in an online mixed methods research course. 14th International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies. Rhodes, Greece.
Campbell, S. (2019). Most valued experiences in an international coach developer program. 12th International Council for Coaching Excellence Global Coach Conference. Tokyo, Japan: International Council for Coaching Excellence.
Hall, J., & Campbell, S. (2021). Raiders of the lost ark: The adventures of two instructors pursuing community building in an online course during COVID. Innovation in Teaching Technology (ITT) Faculty Academy. Athens, Georgia, USA: University of Georgia .


  • Career Champion, Burwell Career and Professional Development
  • Excellence in Service Award, Graduate School of Professional Psychology