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Sandy Brownscombe

DEPARTMENT: Physical Ed & Recreation Dept

POSITION: Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | UC 136

PHONE: (540) 432-4368


Sandy Brownscombe is the chair of the physical education and recreation department and professor of physical education. Sandy earned her Ed.D. from Argosy University/Sarasota, where her dissertation focused on how second and third-year teachers develop and demonstrate caring in their classrooms. She has been a member of the EMU faculty since 1978 teaching both physical education and education courses and also coached field hockey, women’s basketball, and men’s volleyball and is a member of the EMU Athletics Hall of Honor. From 2000-2015 Sandy served as EMU’s representative on the Mid-Valley Clinical Faculty Consortium for Teacher Education Steering Committee before she returned as the chair of the physical education and recreation department in May of 2015.


  • Ed. D. in K-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Argosy University/Sarasota, May 2004, Dissertation Title: Infusing An Ethic Of Care In A P-12 Learning Community: A Case Study Of Second And Third-Year Teachers
  • Master of Science in Physical Education, Washington State University, August 1978
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Northern Colorado, June 1973, Nk-12 Endorsement in Health and Physical Education


Brownscombe, S. L., (1978). The ability to perceive varying line colors and widths on gymnasium floors. _Athletic Purchasing and Facilities, 2_(6), 48-49.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • Brownscombe, S., PETE Network Roundtable, VAHPERD Annual Convention, Richmond, VA, November 13, 2016.