Faculty & Staff: Kristi Roth

Kristi Roth Professor, Adapted Physical Education
Director of Graduate Studies and Educational Innovation

Director, UW-Stevens Point Innovation Space
442 CPS

Courses Taught​

P ED 220 - Lifespan Motor Development
P ED 260 - Practicum Experience in Physical Education
P ED 315 - Dance Methods
PEX 400 - Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities
PEX 401 - Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities
PEX 415 - Assessment and Prescription in Adapted
Physical Education
PEX 445 - Seminar in Adapted Physical Education


Kristi’s first adapted physical education job was when she taught her classmate, a boy with a disability, how to skip for the third grade Maypole Celebration. She has had a passion for the field ever since.

Kristi received a B.S. in sports studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., a M.S. in health and physical education with an emphasis in adapted physical education from N.C. A&T State University, and a Ph.D. in Adapted Physical Education with an emphasis in Pedagogy from Texas Woman’s University. 

Kristi spent 10 years teaching in the public school system prior to taking her position as the adapted physical education coordinator at UWSP. Her various positions included high school health and physical education teacher and women’s soccer coach in Greensboro, N.C., elementary physical education teacher in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, middle school health and physical education teacher in Burlington, N.C., adapted physical education teacher in Greensboro, N.C., and an adapted physical education consultant for a variety of school districts in North Carolina and Texas.

Kristi proudly runs an on campus practicum for students with disabilities at UWSP on Fridays. She takes great joy in sharing her passion for the field in the variety of adapted physical education courses she teaches. She also enjoys teaching and learning through community service and scholarly work including numerous presentations in Wisconsin, Virginia, and California, a recent publication in Education and Training of Developmental Disabilities, and as co-author of the 11th Edition of Principles and Methods of Adapted Physical Education and Recreation.

In her free time, Kristi enjoys spending time with her best friend and husband Matt and her two delightful sons, Timmy and Daniel. They love to travel, fish, snowboard, camp, hike, paddle, play games and read. They also take joy in volunteering and caring for their two cats and two dogs.