Faculty/Staff Detail

Diane Craft

Diane Craft

Diane H. Craft, PhD, Professor, is on the faculty of the Physical Education Department at State University of New York at Cortland where she regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in adapted physical education and elementary physical education. Since 1999 she has been promoting developmentally appropriate, inclusive physical activity for toddlers and preschoolers. To that end, she has co-authored three books on inclusive preschool physical activity. Her most recent book/DVD set, co-authored and co-produced with Craig Smith is Active Play: Fun Physical Activities for Young Children and the accompanying Telly Award winning DVD showing young children participating physical activities. Craft presents frequently on preschool physical activity at conferences and workshops throughout the country.

An experienced elementary and high school physical education teacher, Craft is a committed advocate of the inclusion of children with disabilities in general physical education classes. She is a past president of the National Consortium of Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID). In 2005, she was recognized as the National Professional of the Year in Adapted Physical Education.


B.S.Ed. in Physical Education, SUNY Cortland

Ph.D. in Adapted Physical Education, New York University


Undergraduate and graduate courses in Adapted Physical Education

Undergraduate courses in Elementary Physical Education