Dr. Klara Gubacs-Collins

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Exercise Science and Physical Education

Dr. Klara Gubacs-Collins

Office: University Hall 4121
Phone: (973) 655-5497
Email: gubacsk@mail.montclair.edu

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Dr. Klara Gubacs-Collins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education. She has been teaching at MSU for nine years and responsible to teach 15 different sports to physical education majors, as well as two theoretical courses. As a member and now Chair of the Department Curriculum Committee she was responsible for reorganizing the games education curriculum based on the Teaching Games For Understanding model. Prior to teaching at the college level, Klara taught K-12 physical education in Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Gubacs-Collins has received state and district awards, the most recent being the EDA Outstanding Professional Award in 2006. She has also served as president of the New Jersey State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD). Dr. Gubacs-Collins' research has two major focuses. First, she has published articles and presented in several national and international conferences regarding the implementation of a Tactical Approach to Teaching Games in Physical Education and Sport. In addition, Dr. Gubacs-Collins is involved in finding innovative ways to connect technology with the content of physical education. She loves to play sports and has been invited to the Junior Olympic Soccer team of Hungary (well a couple of years ago). Most sports she teaches she played on a competitive level at one time or another. Her latest adventure is Golf (that should last a lifetime).

 

Degrees

  • EdD University of Massachusetts
  • MA Montclair State University
  • BS Hungarian University of Physical Education

 

Career Appointments 

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Publications

Resume/CV

Dr. Klara Gubacs-Collins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education. She has been teaching at MSU for nine years and responsible to teach 15 different sports to physical education majors, as well as two theoretical courses. 

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Journal Articles

Gubacs-Collins, K. Tactical Speedball. Manuscript re-submitted to Strategies. (Accepted for publication, Refereed)  

Gubacs-Collins, K & Juniu, S. (2009). The Mobile Gymnasium. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 80(2), February 24-31. (Refereed) 

Gubacs-Collins, K & Olsen, E. (2009). Teaching Pickleball using a Tactical Approach. Journal of the Florida Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 47(1), Winter 20-22. (Refereed) 

Gubacs-Collins, K. (2007). Learning Accountability and Responsibility-The Gymnasium as a Metaphor for Life. Strategies, 21, 7-11. (Refereed) 

Gubacs-Collins, K. (2007). Reflective Pedagogy Through Action Research: Implementing a Tactical Approach to Teaching Games in PETE. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy 12(2) 105-126. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K. (2004). Implementing a Tactical Approach into a Net/Wall Games Unit. Journal of the Florida Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 42(2) Spring, 8-10. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K. (2004). “Organized Chaos”: Implementing an Invasion Games Unit. Strategies, 18(1), 21-26. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K. (2004). Project Based Learning: A student-centered Approach to Implement Video Editing in Physical Education Teacher Education. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 75, September 7-12. (Refereed) 

Dodds, P., Gubacs, K., Placek,J., Griffin, L., Supaporn,S., Parker, J., Banville, D., & Miller,R. (1999). Training Prospective Teacher Educators as Researchers: Insider's Perspective. Journal of Sport Pedagogy, 5(1), 64-78. (Refereed) 

Abstracts 

Gubacs-Collins, K & Olsen, T. (2008). Implementing a Tactical Approach and Sport Education: A Story of Change Through Collaboration. Abstract published in the NASPE Elementary and Secondary Convention Booklet. (Refereed) 

Gubacs-Collins, K. (2005) Using Project Based Learning to Integrate Digital Technology into Physical Education. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 76(1), Supplement,1. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K. (1999). Action Research on a Tactical Approach to Teaching a Pre-service tennis class. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 70(1), Supplement, 82. (Refereed) 

Gubacs,K. (1997). "They Told Me How to Teach Forward Rolls, They Never Told Me How to Handle if a Student is Scared:" The Role of Caring in Physical Education. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 68(1), Supplement,79. (Refereed) 

Griffin, L., Placek, J., Parker,J.,Gubacs, K., Supaporn,S., Miller,R.,  Banvillle, D., & Dodds, P. (1996). The Instructional Ecologies of Novice Instructors Teaching in a Basic Instruction Program (BIP). Research Ouarterly for Exercise and Sport, 67(1), Supplement, 80. (Refereed) 

Placek, J., Griffin,L., Parker, J., Gubacs, K., Supaporn, S., Miller, R., Banville, D., & Dodds, P. (1996). Background Influences on Decisions to Teach for Novice Teachers in a Basic Instruction Program (BIP). Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 67(1), Supplement, 88. (Refereed) 

Griffin, L.,Placek, J.,Supaporn, S., Gubacs, K.,Miller, R., Dodds, P., Parker, J. & Banville, D. (1996). Staff Development for Untrained Novice Teachers in a Basic Instruction Program. AERA/SIG: Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education Conference Proceedings, 17. (Refereed) 

Griffin, L., Placek, J., Supaporn, S., Gubacs,K., Miller,R.,Dodds, P., Parker, J. & Banville, D. (1996). Symposium: Basic Instruction Programs (BIPs) as Sites for Pedagogy Research. EDA-AAHPERD Convention Research Abstracts Pap, 23-26. (Refereed) 

 

Presentations

Scholarly Presentations 

Gubacs-Collins, K & Olsen, E. (2009). Sport Education, Tactical Approach and Responsibility in Regular and Inclusive PE. Presentation Accepted to The National Convention of AAHPERD in Tampa, FL. (Refereed) 

Gubacs-Collins, K & Olsen, E. (2009). The Big Three in Middle School Physical Education. Presentation Accepted to the Eastern District Association of AAHPERD in Lancaster PA. (Refereed) 

Gubacs-Collins, K (2008). Implementing Fitness Testing Protocols into the Gymnasium. Invited Presenter and Participant at the Annual EUROFIT Workshop at the Semmelweiss University, Budapest, Hungary. February 2008. (Refereed) 

Gubacs-Collins, K & Olsen, E. (2008). Implementing a Tactical Approach and Sport Education: A Story of Change Through Collaboration. Paper presented at the National Convention of AAHPERD in Forth Worth, Texas. (Refereed)           

Gubacs-Collins, K & Olsen, E. (2008). Implementing a Tactical Approach and Sport Education in Middle School Physical Education. Paper presented at the Annual State Convention of AAHPERD in East Brunswick, NJ. (Refereed) 

Lazroe A., & Gubacs-Collins, K. (2008). The Art of Written Persuasion: How to Obtain Funding for PE and Health Initiatives in Times of Shrinking Dollars. Presentation Accepted to the Annual Florida State Convention of AAHPERD in Orlando FL. (Refereed) 

Lazroe, A & Gubacs-Collins, K. (2008). The Art of Written Persuasion: How to Obtain Funding for Physical Education and Health Initiatives. Paper presented at the Annual State Convention of AAHPERD in East Brunswick, NJ. (Refereed) 

Gubacs-Collins, K. (2007). An Action Research on the Impact of Implementing a Tactical Approach in Teaching Physical Education: An Affective Experience. Paper Presented at the Annual Conference on Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education, Cedarville, OH. (Refereed) 

Gubacs-Collins, K. (2006). Professional Development Through Digital Mentorship. Proposal accepted to the IPSI Conference, Amalfi, Italy, March 23-26. (Refereed) 

Gubacs-Collins, K. (2006) Using Project Based Learning to Integrate Digital Technology into Physical Education. Invited to present on the ICPE 2006/IV International Sport Coaching Science Conference 14-16 Dec, Taiwan. (Refereed)

Gubacs-Collins, K. (2005) A Tactical Games Approach. Activity Session held at the 2005 Convention of the New Jersey State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Refereed) 

Gubacs-Collins, K. (2005) Using Project Based Learning to Integrate Digital Technology into Physical Education. Paper presented on the 2005 National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Chicago, IL (April) (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K (2004). Invited to speak at the International Conference for Physical Educators, (ICPE) Hong Kong, China. 

Gubacs, K. (2004). Using PBL to Integrate Digital Technology Into Teacher Education. Paper presented at The 5th Annual Faculty Best Practices Showcase by NJEDGENET. “Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning” Raritan Valley Community College, March. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K. (2004) A Tactical Games Approach. Activity Session at the 2004 Convention of the New Jersey State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Refereed) 

Gubacs-Collins, K. (2004). Introducing a Tactical Approach to Teaching and Coaching Games and Sports. Paper presented at the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, November 3-4th. (Refereed) 

Lazroe, A & Gubacs-Collins, K. (2004) The Art of Written Persuasion. Grant workshop for Faculty and Staff at the College of Education and Human Services. November. 

Gubacs, K. (2003) Developing Tactical Understanding in Physical Education. Paper presented at the 2003 Convention of the New Jersey State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K. (2003), Introducing Digital Technology to Support Innovative Approaches in Physical Education. Paper/Workshop presentation at the Hungarian University of Physical Education, Budapest, Hungary. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K. (2003) “Technology and Teaching: Assessment and Improvement”. Paper presented at the 2003 National AAHPERD Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K (2002). A Comparison of Traditional and Constructivist Approaches to Teaching Games in Physical Education. Paper/Workshop presentation at the Hungarian University of Physical Education, Budapest, Hungary. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K. (2002) “Our Cheese is Moving!!!” An Inside Look at Innovative Methods to Games Instruction and Curriculum Development in Physical Education. Paper presented at the 2002 Convention of the Florida State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K. (2002) The role of Digital Technology in Assessing Innovative Approaches to Teaching Games. Paper presented at the 2002 Conference of the New Jersey Educational Association, Atlantic City, NJ. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K. (2001) “Moving Our Cheese”. A Think-tank Symposium on Curriculum Development in PETE. Paper presented at the AAHPERD, Eastern District Conference, Newport, Rhode Island. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K., & Stinar, R. (2001) Curriculum Revision and Implementation Through Sports and Games Education. Paper presented at the International AIESEP Conference on Teaching Games for Understanding in Physical Education and Sport, Waterville, New Hampshire. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K. (2000) Action Research on a Tactical Approach to Teaching a Pre- service Tennis Class: The Students’ Point of view. Paper presented at the National AAHPERD Convention, Orlando, Florida. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K (1999). Action Research on a Tactical Approach to Teaching a Pre-service Tennis Class. Paper presented at the National AAHPERD Convention, Boston, Massachusetts. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K., Griffin, L., Supaporn, S., & Carney, M. (1998). “Orderly chaos:" Future Teacher Educators' Leaming Experiences with a Tactical Approach to Games Teaching. Paper presented at the National AAHPERD Convention, Reno, Nevada. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K.  (1997). "They (Teacher Educators) Told me How to Teach Forward Rolls, They Never Told me How to Handle a Scared Student:" The Role of Caring in Physical Education. Paper presented at National AAHPERD Convention St. Louis, MO. (Refereed) 

Dodds, P., Gubacs, K., Placek. J.H.,Griffin, L., Supaporn,S., Parker, J., Banville, D., & Miller, R. (1996). Training Prospective Teacher Educators as Researchers: Insiders' Perspectives. Paper presented at the New England Education Research Organization, Portsmouth, NH. (Refereed) 

Griffin, L., Placek, J., Gubacs, K., Supaporn, S., Miller, R.,Dodds, P., ParkerJ., & Banville,  D. (1996). Staff Development for Untrained Novice Teachers in a Basic Instruction Program.  Paper presented at American Education Research Association Conference, New York. (Refereed) 

Placek, J., Griffin, L., Parker, J., Gubacs,K., Supaporn, S., Miller, R., Banville, D., & Dodds, P. (1996). Background Influences on Decisions to Teach for Novice Teachers in a Basic Instruction Program (BIP). Paper presented at National AAHPERD Convention, Atlanta, GA. (Refereed) 

Griffin, L., Placek, J., Parker,J., Gubacs, K., Supaporn, S., Miller, R.,Banville, D.  & Dodds, P. (1996). The Instructional Ecologies of Novice Instructors Teaching in a Basic Instruction Program (BIP). Paper presented at National AAHPERD Convention,Atlanta, GA. (Refereed) 

Griffin, L.,Placek. J., Dodds, P., Gubacs, K., Miller, R., Supaporn, S., Parker, J., & Banville, D. (1996). Symposium: Basic Instruction Programs (BIPs) as Sites for Pedagogy Research. Paper presented at the Eastern District Association of the AAHPERD, Stamford, CT. (Refereed) 

Griffin, L., Dodds, P., Placek, J., Gubacs, K.,Miller, R., Supaporn, S., Banville, D., & Parker, J. (1996). Staff Development in a Basic Instruction Program: Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Instructors and a Training Laboratory for Teacher Educators. Paper presented at National AAHPERD Convention, Atlanta, GA. (Refereed) 

Placek, J., Dodds, P., Gubacs, K. (1995). Mentoring and Modeling for Graduate Students Through Joint Research Projects.  Special Interest Group for Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education, AERA National Convention, San Francisco, CA. (Refereed) 

Griffin, L., Banville, D., Dodds,P., Gubacs, K., Miller, R., Parker, J., Placek, J., & Supaporn, S. (1995). The Basic Instruction Program as a Site for Teacher Education Research. A paper presented at the NASPE/CUPEC National Conference on Teacher Education in Physical Education, Morgantown, WV. (Refereed) 

Gubacs, K. (1993).  A Comparison of Cooperating Teachers’ and Student Teachers’ Perception Regarding a Student Teacher Preparation Program. Thesis presented at the Annual Graduate Symposium, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. 

Schwager, S., & Gubacs, K. (1993). School Physical Education Programs in Budapest. Paper presented at the New Jersey State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. (Refereed) 

Schwager, S., Gubacs, K. (1992). Preparing Teachers of Physical Education. Paper presented at the International Conference of Physical Education,Budapest, Hungary. (Refereed)

 

Service

External Service

Reviewer for the Research in Curriculum & Instruction section of the National Association of Sport and Physical Education Convention Review Committee. 2008 

President, New Jersey Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance. 2005-08 

PEP Grant Reviewer for the Competition year of 2004. 

Member of the Editorial Review Board for the Reporter, the journal for the New Jersey Association of Health, Recreation and Dance 2004-present. 

Convention Reviewer for the National Dance Association 2002-present. 

Council for Conventions, Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, 2002-05 

Member, of the Credentials and Elections Committee of the New Jersey Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2002-05 

Representative Voting Delegate, of the New Jersey Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance to the Eastern District Association Representative Assembly, 2002-present. 

Executive Board Member, New Jersey Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance. 1999-present. 

Member, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, 1993-present 

Member, American Educational Research Association, 1993-present 

Member, American Educational Research Association Special InterestsGroups: Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education, 1993-present 

Member, United States Volleyball Association, 1992-present 

University Service 

  • Coordinator of the ESPE Department’s Physical Education General Education Program Montclair State University 2008-present   
  • Member, College Ad hoc Committee on Race and Racism for the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University 2008-present
  • Recording Secretary of the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee at Montclair State University 2007-08
  • Chair, College Curriculum Committee for the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University 2006-08
  • Chair, Department Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education at Montclair State University 2006-present
  • Member, Department Search Committee for the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education at Montclair State University 2006-08
  • Physical Education Specialist, Montclair State University Bradford School University Magnet Advisory Council 2005-07
  • Resource Faculty Member for the New Faculty Orientation Program at Montclair State University. As a resource faculty I provide support for conducting the new faculty sessions as well as helping new faculty members understand and assimilate into the academic life of MSU, 2005-08
  • Chair, Panzer Honor Convocation Committee for the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education. The primary responsibilities of the committee are to (a) organize and run the convocation events, (b) redesign database, (c) review award criteria, (d) comply with NCAA guidelines for athletic awards, and (e) establish awards for MAT students,2005-present
  • Chair, College Senate for the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University.  The College Senate makes recommendations for the members on policy matters before the College. Such recommendations are made to the Dean on matters of College policy, and through the Dean, to the appropriate University official on matters of University policy. The Senate initiates discussions of all matters that may affect the academic environment of the College including, but not limited to, admission standards, recruitment, academic standards, academic advisement, plagiarism, and grading practices, 2003-05
  • Member of the University Disciplinary Hearing Committee. As a faculty member I will be participating on hearing panels to ensure that students who are charged with violating University policies receive due process. As part of this service I will have to participate in training as well as regular meetings to prepare me for effective participation 2004-05
  • Member of the Physical Education Teacher Education NCATE Committee.  The committee’s responsibility is, with the help of the faculty, to redesign the physical education teacher education curriculum (both graduate and undergraduate) to comply with the NCATE standards for accreditation purposes, 2003-present
  • Member of the 2003 EDTEXPO Survey Committee.  The survey committee was responsible to create two surveys to examine the effectiveness of the EDTEXPO conference including specific analysis geared to the presentations (content, delivery, etc.). 2003
  • Member of the Pedagogy Subcommittee for the School of Business.  The primary responsibility of this committee is to discuss and analyze the educational and technological issues of infusing the required use of technology (specifically laptops) into the Management Information Systems concentration in the School of Business. 2003
  • Member, Teacher Education Committee for the Department of Health Profession, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies at Montclair State University.  The primary goals of the committee are to (a) review and conceptually revise the Teacher Education curriculum, (b) set clear guidelines for admission and retention in the Teacher Education program, (c) sponsor Teacher Education workshops,and (d) discuss present policy and modify if deemed necessary, 2001-present
  • Member, Teacher Education Committee for the Kinesiology Department at Towson University. The primary goals of the committee is to redesign the Teacher Education Curriculum with specific emphasis on, (a) implementing a new games classification system in order to conceptualize the activity courses, (b) implement a more comprehensive tactical and skill oriented learning experience in the physical education teacher education program, 2000-01.
  • Member, of a Maryland Statewide Committee for the Design of Professional Development Schools in the Physical Education Area The primary goals of the committee are to (a) discover the possibility of implementing a representative model of a modern and effective physical education program in already functioning Professional Development Schools in the state of Maryland, (b) obtain funding for the design of Professional Development Programs, (c) sponsor Teacher Education workshops, and (d) discuss present policy and modify if deemed necessary, 2000-01.
  • Member, Teacher Education Committee for the Department of Health Profession, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies at Montclair State University.  The primary goals of the committee are to (a) revise the Teacher Education Handbook, (b) set clear guidelines for admission and retention in the Teacher Education program, (c) sponsor Teacher Education workshops,and (d) discuss present policy and modify if deemed necessary, 1998-2000
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee for the Department of Health Profession, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies at Montclair State University.  The committee is responsible for developing the strategic planning process. This planning process involves defining the department’s mission statement. The committee also identifies internal and external factors that potentially contribute to the realization of the mission statement. The final presentation of the committee's work is in the format of a written document submitted to the College of Education and Human Services, 1998-2000.
  • Member, Panzer Honor Convocation Committee for the Department of HeaIth Profession,Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies at Montclair State University. The primary responsibilities of the committee are to (a) redesign database, (b) review award criteria, (c) comply with NCAA guidelines for athletic awards, and (d) establish awards for MAT students,I998-2000
  • Member, General Physical Education Advisory Board for the Physical Education Teacher Education Program at the University of Massachusetts. The GPE Advisory Board consists of volunteer GPE instructors, a teaching assistant representative and the faculty coordinator of teacher/staff development.  The primary purposes of the board are to  (a) provide the GPE instructors with a forum to share their concerns, issues, and/or problems, and (b) provide GPE instructors with the opportunity to suggest ideas which will assure ongoing student guidance in the restructuring efforts in the GPE  program,  I994-97.
  • Member, Graduate Committee for the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies at Montclair State University 1991-93.
  • Student Member, for the School of ProfessionaI Studies Senate Committee at Montclair State University,1992-93.

 

Awards 

Nominated for the “Joy of Effort” Award from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education, October 2008. 

Nominated for the “Mentor of the Year” Award from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education, October 2008. 

Received the “Outstanding Professional Award” from the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, March 2006. 

Received the “Outstanding College Teacher of the Year Award” from the New Jersey alliance of Health Physical Education and Dance, February 2005. 

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Montclair State University, 1993 

President’s Thesis Competition Award, Hungarian University of Physical Education 1991 

Citation for Academic Excellence, Hungarian University of Physical Education, 1990

 

Projects

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