Nilo Ramos

Associate Professor, Physical Education

Phone: 843-349-2971 Email: Office Hours:

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-2 p.m. By appointment.



Associate Professor Nilo C. Ramos, Ph.D., is the coordinator of the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program. He received his doctoral degree in Kinesiology with emphasis in Sport Pedagogy from the University of Georgia in 2013, and his Master of Science (2006) and Bachelor of Arts (2002) degrees in Health and Physical Education from Albany State University.

Dr. Ramos has worked as a PE teacher at the elementary, middle and secondary levels and as a faculty in PETE programs at Oklahoma State University, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Dakota State University, and Emporia State University.

With a focus on quality physical education, physical activity, and sport instruction, Dr. Ramos’ research interests relate to teaching/coaching development and expertise. More specifically, his interests include PE teacher credibility, dispositions and fitness and activity levels of in-service and pre-service PE teachers, assessment in PE, and physical education and coaching education programs. He has published and presented research nationally and internationally.

Dr. Ramos currently serves as a journal reviewer for Strategies, JOHPERD, European Physical Education Review; and Revista Colloquium Vitae; as a member for the SHAPE America PE Council, Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SCAHPERD); and as a program reviewer for SHAPE America Research Consortium.

In his spare time, Dr. Ramos enjoys exercising and being physically active, including playing in soccer, basketball, running and weight training. He also enjoys exploring the world. He has visited countries including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia, Uruguay, Argentina, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Taiwan.   

Nilo Ramos CV

Interesting Facts

Dr. Ramos played U-14 soccer at one of the professional Brazilian teams (Coritiba Foot Ball Club); As a young basketball player, he had the opportunity to meet NBA players Otis Smith, Stacey “Plastic Man” Augmon and Charles Jones; He played 3 years of professional basketball in Brazil and ran a marathon in 3:06.18.


Teaching and coaching expertise / teacher credibility / physical education teacher education programs

Research Interests

PE teacher credibility; dispositions and fitness and activity levels of in-service and pre-service PE teachers; assessment in PE; and physical education and coaching education programs.

Some Recent Publications

Ramos, N. C., Elliott, J., & Carvalho, A. S. (2019). Seeing is believing: 7 tips for increasing teacher credibility. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance90(9), 24-31. doi: 10.1080/07303084.2019.1657528

Ramos, N. C., Carvalho, A. S., & Abdalla, P. P. (2019). Methodological implications in exploring children’s perspectives in physical education. Revista Centro de Pesquisas Avançadas em Qualidade de Vida (CPAQV), 11(2), 1-13.

Menezes, R. P., Ramos, N. C., Marques, R. F. R., Nunomura, M. (2018). Teaching handball to U-16 and U-18 women’s teams: Coaches’ perspectives on the long-term. Motriz. Revista de Educação Física, 24(4), e101838, doi:

Hughes, P. P., Ramos, N., & Mwarumba, N. (2017). Risk and safety in physical education for children with disabilities: Adapted physical education textbook review and primer for teachers. The Physical Educator74(1), 104-126. doi:

McCullick, B. A., Gaudreault, K. L., Ramos, N. C. (2016). Teacher accountability, effective teaching, and physical education. In C. D. Ennis (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Physical Education Pedagogies. London: Routledge.

Ramos, N. C., & McCullick, B. (2015). Elementary students’ construct of physical education teacher credibility. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 34(4), 560-575.