Professor Profiles


David Chorney

Associate Professor


Secondary Education

About Me

Dr. David Chorney is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada. His active research program focuses on physical education teacher education (PETE); curriculum theorizing in physical education as well as technology integration within the teaching of physical and health education. Hired as an Assistant Professor in 2003 by the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, and receiving numerous teaching and research awards as a new emerging scholar, Dr. Chorney accepted a position as an Assistant Professor with the University of Alberta in July of 2007. His scholarly work as a researcher and teacher educator of physical education teacher education is nationally and provincially recognized and in 2002 he was recognized by the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Now PHE Canada) as a Canadian Young Professional Award winner.

In 2014, Dr. Chorney was the recipient of the Rutherford Award of Excellence in undergraduate teaching for the University of Alberta. This is the highest award given to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of Alberta.

External and internal research funding have provided an ongoing source of funds to conduct many research projects related to PETE, physical education curriculum and technology related projects. Although considered a junior academic, Dr. Chorney has secured over $500,000 in research funding individually and as a co-applicant. Over the fast few years Dr. Chorney has published 15 refereed articles, 12 non-refereed articles, 5 institutional reports and electronic publications and 4 book chapters. Direct results of his research have resulted in over 20 international conference presentations, over 40 national conference presentations, and 18 provincial conference presentations. In May 2009, Dr. Chorney launched an innovative online resource for physical educators Over the past few years Dr. Chorney has also won several teaching and research awards including in 2012, the Faculty of Education Undergraduate teaching award and in 2013, the Faculty of Education Innovation in Technology Integration award for the work he has done in having his PE majors create fitness apps called 'Any age Fitness'.
Currently working with 6 graduate students at both the Master’s and Doctoral level, his involvement as a graduate supervisor, committee member and examining committee member allow a breadth and depth of academic variety that is both enriching and challenging. Dr. Chorney has developed graduate level courses for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in PETE and is working on offering these courses in both a formal classroom setting as well as online versions. His current graduate course being offered is EDSE 548 'Conceptualizing the field of physical education: An inquiry into enduring and contemporary issues'.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in education related to the fields of physical education, outdoor education or health education, please contact Dr. Chorney at


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses
EDSE 347  Curriculum and Teaching for Secondary School Physical Education Majors I
EDSE 348  Curriculum and Teaching in Secondary School Physical Education Minors
EDSE 447-448  Curriculum and Teaching in Secondary School Physical Education Majors II
EDSE 451  Integrating Theory and Classroom Practice in the Advanced Professional Term

Graduate Courses
EDSE 548  Conceptualizing the Field of Physical Education: An inquiry into Enduring and Contemporary Issues
EDSE 502  Independent Study 2011- AFLCA (Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association) Pedagogy and Evaluation Process
EDSE 502  Independent Study 2012  - Exergaming in Education
EDSE 502  Independent Study 2013 -  Holistic Approach to Wellness Education