- School of Public Health John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award (2003)
Peter Werner has more than 35 years’ experience as a student and teacher of physical education for children. For two years he taught elementary school physical education (K-6) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Then, he earned his M.S. and P.E.D. degrees in physical education from Indiana University in 1967 and 1971, respectively. Since that time he has taught at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. In addition to teaching content courses in educational games, dance and gymnastics, he also teaches elementary physical education methods courses at the University of South Carolina. He also takes pride in regularly teaching elementary physical education in the public schools.
For two years Peter chaired the Southern District of the Council on Physical Education for Children (COPEC), and he was the publications coordinator for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) for 3 years.
He has written more than 50 articles and 6 books, and is the current editor of Teaching Elementary Physical Education (TEPE). Peter was selected as the 1986 South Carolina Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance College Teacher of the Year and was the recipient of the 1993 University of South Carolina Michael J. Mungo Teaching Award. In 1996 he was honored as an Outstanding Alumni of the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse and in 2001 he was selected as the Ada B. Thomas Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Advisor at the University of South Carolina. He was also chosen to receive the Margie Hanson Service Award (COPEC/AAHPERD) in 2002. In 2003 he received the Leonard Maiden Service Award and was chosen to be the director of undergraduate programs at the University of South Carolina.
Peter is a member of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, NASPE, and COPEC.