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Carla Cruickshanks

Associate Professor of Sport Professions

Office: PE Complex 101

Office Phone: 803-321-5167



M. Ed. in Administration and Supervision, Nova Southeastern University

Ed. D. in Teacher Leadership, Walden University

B.S. in Physical Education / Teacher Certification, Newberry College


Dr. Cruickshanks has worked in the South Carolina public schools for 8 years. She has taught physical education and health. While teaching, Dr. Cruickshanks coached Basketball, Volleyball and Softball at the middle, JV and Varsity levels. Dr. Cruickshanks also worked for 1 year in Administration at the middle school level prior to coming to her Alma Mater in 2010.


In her first year at Newberry College, Dr. Cruickshanks implemented a physical activity program for home school students. This program encourages physical activity for home school students located in the community and surrounding communities. The program provides experiential learning for students in the Motor Development and Movement Education and Classroom Management courses. Dr. Cruickshanks has also partnered with Special Olympics to bring a-3-on 3 basketball tournament to the college for Newberry and Laurens County School Districts. Dr. Cruickshanks has also worked with public school physical educators by providing workshops through the department as well as presenting at conferences in the state on Physical Activity and Core Content Standard implementation. Her research interests are in the impact of Professional Learning Communities among Pre-Service Teacher Candidates.