SCHOOL BUILDING LEADER CERTIFICATE

The SBL Advanced Certificate program is designed for elementary and secondary teachers and school counselors seeking to become school principals. This offering is 24 hours in length, and includes coursework in curriculum development, school finance and law, supervision, leadership and school-community relations. Six (6) hours of equivalent coursework may be accepted for transfer with the approval of the program director.

The SBL program is offered via a unique "hybrid" format. Each class meets 3 times (on Saturdays) per semester, with the rest of the course work completed online. The setting for these Saturday sessions alternates, by semester, between the University’s Olean and Hamburg locations. The SBL program offers fall starts and can be finished up in four semesters with no summer classes.  With program director approval, a spring semester start in the program may be possible.

The SBL program meets NY course requirements for SBL certification.

With six additional credits, SBL students can receive the MSED in Educational Leadership.

SBL program requirements

Admission to the SBL programs requires:

  • Master’s degree in education or a certification-related area, with a 3.0 or better GPA
  • Teacher or school counselor certification
  • Three years of K-12 school experience
  • References (two, at least one from a supervising principal or superintendent)
  • Interview & writing sample

Contact Information
If you wish to apply to this program, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at St. Bonaventure University at (716) 375-2021 or gradsch@sbu.edu for graduate admission materials.

For more information regarding certification in school administration, please contact
Dr. Darlene McDonough
Plassmann Hall B42
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-4026

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Scraba, Paula J.

Titles/Responsibilities Associate Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Physical Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2444
E-mail: pscraba@sbu.edu 
Office Location Butler Gym, 2D
Courses Taught
  • PHED 101. Foundations of Physical Education
  • PHED 105. Early Childhood Motor Development
  • PHED 203. Physical Education Curriculum
  • PHED 302. Team Sports
  • PHED 303. Elementary School Methods
  • PHED 304. Secondary School Methods
  • PHED 306. Assessment
  • PHED 308C. Theory and Techniques of Coaching
  • PHED 310. Philosophies and Principles of Interscholastic Activities
  • PHED/WS 313. Women and Sports
  • PHED 399. Special Topics: Leadership Through Special Olympics Service, Learning, Leading
  • PHED 413B. Directed Study – Internship
  • PHED 432. Independent Study
  • PHED 490. Physical Education Student Teaching: Elementary
  • PHED 491. Physical Education Student Teaching: Secondary
  • UNIV 101. University 101 Skills for the Good Journey
  • CLAR 101. Intellectual Journey
  • CLAR 207. Catholic Franciscan Heritage
  • CLAR 401. Senior Forum - Special Olympics
  • PSYC 481b. Independent Study in Sport and Exercise Psychology

 

Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Special Physical Education, University of Connecticut, 1989
    Dissertation: Scraba, P.J. (1989). Self-modeling for teaching swimming to persons with physical disabilities. University of Connecticut, Ann Arbor, MI: U. M. I. 
  • Sixth Year Degree, Education Administration, University of Connecticut, 1983
  • M.A., Special Physical Education, University of Connecticut, 1978
  • B.S., Physical Education (minor in Therapeutic Recreation), University of Connecticut, 1976
Personal Interests/Community Involvement

Advising 

  • St. Bonaventure University, 2007-present
    • Physical Education Majors: undergraduate program academic advisor
    • Campus Ministries: team chaplain for women’s softball and lacrosse teams, 2007-present 
    • Residential Life: Minister in Residence Team, 2008-present
    • Advisor: SGA Physical Activity Club (PAC) Majors Club: Physical Education and Sport Studies, 2009-present
    • University Ministries: Coordinator, Campus Evening Reflective Pause Program,2008-present
    • Faculty mentor: FYE –First Year Experience Program-Freshmen Foundation Program, 2009-present
    • University Ministries: Journey Companions- Pastoral Council, 2010-present
    • School of Education: Physical Education Transfer Coordinator, 2012-present
  • Briar Cliff University
    • Academic Advising: Education Dept. undergraduate program
    • Advisor: Education Majors Club
    • Advisor: BEST BUDDIES Program
    • Mentor: Sister Muriel Ford: Circle of Mentors for Women
    • Mentor-Franciscan Scholarship Recipients
  • St. Bonaventure University
    • University Athletic Director Search Committee
    • Franciscan Institute-Residential Advisor for Graduate Students
    • Physical Education Majors-Undergraduate Program
    • Campus Ministries-Team Chaplain for Women’s Softball and Lacrosse Teams 2003-2004
  • Gadsden Middle School
    • Special Education Program, Advisor for students with Learning Disabilities, 1998-2000
  • Castleton State College
    • Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Physical Education Teacher Certification/Adapted  Physical Education Majors, 1990-1993

 

University/School Committees 

  • St. Bonaventure University, 2007-present
    • University Development Committee, 2008-present
    • Franciscan Women Committee, 2008-present 
    • SIFE-Service Learning Stop up for Hunger Empowerment Program, 2007
    • Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)-Service-Learning Trip, Freeport, Bahamas, 2007-present
    • Coordinator/Liaison NY Special Olympics Coaches Clinic Program, 2007-present
    • Coordinator: Women in Sports Day Program, 2007-present
    • Safety and Security Judicial Committee, Fall 2008-present
    • Parking & Traffic Commission Committee, 2008-present
    • University Faculty Senate Enrollment and Admissions Committee Spring, 2008-present
    • Deferred Maintenance Committee, 2008-present
    • Franciscan Women Committee, 2008-present
    • United Way Campus Campaign Committee, 2008-present
    • Disability Committee, 2009-present
    • Fr. Joe Doino Award Committee, 2009-present
    • University Wellness Committee Spring, 2010-present
    • Search Committee Director of Health Services, 2010
    • Code of Conduct and Process Review Committee, 2010-present
    • Chairperson, St. Bonaventure University NCAA Division I Athletics Certification Process Committee, Fall 2010-Spring 2011
    • Student December Recognition Speaker Committee, 2010-present
    • Facilities Customer Group, 2011-present
    • Search Committee Residential Directors, 2010-present
    • Search Committee Department of Physical Education, 2011-2012
    • Warming House Advisory Committee, 2011-present
    • 9/11 Planning Committee, 2011
    • University Judicial Board, 2012-present.
    • FYI Transfer Experience Committee, 2012-present
    • University Faculty Senate Student Government Committee, 2012-present
    • Search Committee Associate Director of  Intramural, Club Sports and Student Engagement, 2013
    • HEOP Faculty Assistance, 2011-present
    • Spirituality of Sport Committee, 2013-present
    • Natatorium Committee, 2013-present
  • Briar Cliff University, 2004-2007
    • United Way Campus Campaign Committee
    • Franciscan University Strategic Plan Committee
    • Residential Life Living Learning Community Council
    • Strategic Plan Committee: Faculty/Student Development Dialogue on Holistic Learning
    • Curriculum Committee
    • 75th Anniversary Committee
    • Coordinator-Education Dept. Diversity Project with Sioux City, West H.S.
    • Campus Ministry Programs
    • Spirit Song Committee
    • Academic Affairs/ Student Development-Subcommittee of Board of Trustees
    • Sister Muriel Ford: Circle of Mentors for Women, Steering Committee
  • St. Bonaventure University, 2002-2004
    • Franciscan Institute-Coordinator Graduate Student Activity Programs Committee
    • Francis Week Committee 2003
    • Journey Project Committee 2003
    • NAGWS-National Recognition Girls and Women’s Sports Day Committee 2003-2004
  • Lake Shore Catholic Academy, 2000-2002
    • Fr. O’Connell Scholarship Dinner Dance Committee
    • Mother’s Day Brunch Committee
    • North Campus Spring Concert Committee
    • Social Studies Committee
    • School Band Programs
    • Athletic Games Official Assistant 
  • Gadsden School District Middle School, 1998-2000
    • IDEA-Special Education District Committee
    • Special Olympic Committee
    • Awards Night Committee
    • Hazard Team Committee
    • School Concerns Committee
  • Missouri School for the Blind, 1996-1998
    • Sports Committee
    • Environment Enhancement Committee
    • Atrium Environment Safety Committee
  • Castleton State College, 1990-1993
    • Curriculum Committee
    • Athletic Council
    • Residential Hall Policy Committee
    • Orientation Committee
  • EASTCONN, 1988-1990
    • Staff Development Committee
    • BEST Committee for Cooperative and Mentor Teacher Program
    • Professional Issues Committee
  • University of Rhode Island, 1984-1987
    • Adapted Physical Education Committee

 

 Membership and Service-Professional Organizations 

  • North America Special Olympics University Curriculum Committee, 2009-present
  • Cambridge Who’s Who 2009, Member, 2009-present
  • New York State American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Member, 2008-present
  • Franciscan Sisters, Washington, D.C.- Instructor-International Franciscan Enrichment Program, 2010-present
  • Franciscan Sisters of Allegany Associates, 2007-present
  • 150th Anniversary Allegany Associates Assembly Committee, 2009
  • National Franciscan Board-Build With Living Stones, Member, 2007-present
  • AIESEP-International Association of Sport and Physical Education 
    Member, 2007-present
  • Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU), 2008 National Symposium Planning Committee, 2006-2007
  • Briar Cliff University Athletic Association, 2004-2007
  • St. Bonaventure University Athletic Association, 2003-present
  • University of Connecticut Alumni Association, Life Member-1981-present
  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Life Member, 1975-present
  • Eastern District Association EDA-PEPI Coordinator- (Physical Education Public Information), 1989-1993
  • AAHPERD-NASPE (National Association of Sport and Physical Education) PEPI (Physical Education Public Information) Committee, 1989-1993.
  • American Camping Association, Life Member, 1974-present
  • Canadian Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Life Member, 1985-present
  • Rhode Island Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Life Member, 1984-present,
  • State Delegate to National Convention, 1989-1990
  • State Delegate to Eastern District Convention, 1985-1990
  • State PEPI Coordinator, 1986-1990
  • Vice President Elect, 1986-1987
  • Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps-TASH-National and New England Chapter, Life Member, 1984-present
  • Pi Lambda Theta-Professionals in Education, Life Member, 1981-present
  • Basketball Hall of Fame, Life Member, 1979-present
  • International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, Member, 1979-1985
  • Eastern Connecticut Soccer Officials Association, Member, 1981-1985
  • Association for Retarded Citizens ARC: National, Connecticut and Local Member, 1977-1993
  • Executive Board Member-Quinebaug Valley ARC, 1989-1990
  • Representative to Connecticut State ARC Board, 1989-1990
  • The United States Olympic Society, Member, 1975-1993
  • Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Member, 1996-1998
  • Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Member, 1990-1993, Vice-President Elect-1991-1993,  PEPI Coordinator-1990-1993
  • Council for National Cooperation in Aquatics, Member, 1987-1993
  • Sibling Information Network-an organization fro those concerned with persons with disabilities and their families, Member, 1984-1993

Other Professional Service 

  • St. Bonaventure University
    • Franciscan Sisters of Allegany-Canticle Farm Program 2002-present
    • Franciscan Sisters of Allegany-Clinician for Activities Services 2002-2005
    • Consultant- Franciscan Sisters of Allegany-Associate Program-2007-present
    • Franciscan Sisters of Allegany: Women Spirituality Committee 2009-present
    • Allegany-Limestone Central School District –Allegany Elementary 2009-present
    • Special Olympics local Volleyball Team Liaison for St. Bonaventure University 2009-present
    • Special Olympics Unified and Training Clinics Coordinator and Liaison for St. Bonaventure University 2012-present
    • Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation –Board for Family Partners Group 2013-present 
    • Allegany-Limestone Central School District Comprehensive Planning Team-Committee Member- 2014-present

  • Briar Cliff University
    • Team Advisor-Briar Cliff University-Honduras Mission Service Trip, November, 2006
    • Diocese of Sioux City Catholic Schools Academic Committee, 2005-present
    • Student Development/Campus Ministry-Community Service Projects, 2004-present
    • Co-Advisor- Briar Cliff University Mississippi Service Trip, March, 2005.
    • Briar Cliff University Scholarship Funds, 2004-present
    • Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, IA-Mount St. Francis, Dubuque, IA-Volunteer Assisted
    • Living Program, 2004-2005
    • Siouxland Coalition for Peace and Justice, Sioux City, IA, 2004-present
    • Sioux City ArtSplash-volunteer, 2006
    • Advisor Team, Briar Cliff University Honduras Mission Service Trip, November, 2006. 
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
    • Pastoral Care-Franciscan Missionaries of Mary-Assisted Living and St. Antoine’s Nursing Center N. Providence, RI and N. Smithfield, RI, 1993-present
  • Gadsden Middle School, Anthony, NM
    • Assistant Volleyball Coach, 1999
    • Assistant Track and Field Coach, 2000 
  • University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
    • Coordinator:  Adapted Aquatics Program, 1984-1987
    • Coordinator:  Special Needs Recreational Program, 1984-1987
    • Guest Lecturer, Graduate School Department of Physical Education
    • Research Methods in Special Physical Education
    • Faculty Assistant Supervisor: Alton Jones Camp Project Adventure Weekend for Physical Education Majors 
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
    • University of Connecticut Swim Team, Coaching Assistant, 1975-1976
    • Consultant: Motor Development Clinic, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1980-1983 
  • Brooklyn School System, Brooklyn, CT
    • Softball coach/Gymnastics Club and Folk Dance Club, 1976
  • Putnam High School, Putnam, CT
    • Scholarship donor: Sport Leisure and Exercise Science Award 1976-present

 

State/Regional Service 

  • Franciscan Programs
    • Sisters of St. Francis of Oldenburg, Oldenburg Indiana, Michaela Farm Program 2004-present
  • American Red Cross-New England Region: 
    • Water Safety Instructor: Adapted Aquatics Instructor Trainer, Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, Central Vermont/New Hampshire Valley Red Cross;
    • Castleton State College, Castleton, VT; Instructor: University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI; University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, John N. Dempsey Regional Center, Putnam, CT; EASTCONN, Windham, CT, 1970-1993
  • Connecticut/Rhode Island Special Olympics/Cerebral Palsy:
    • Rhode Island State Special Olympic Games Committee for Developmental Sports, 1985-1992
    • Special Olympics Coach: Swimming, Track and Field, Soccer, Cycling, Volleyball, Adult Games, for John N. Dempsey Regional Center, Putnam, CT, 1978-1995
    • Clinician-Connecticut Special Olympics Aquatics Coaches Training School, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1986
    • Ad-Hoc Committee-Policies and Procedures Handbook, Rhode Island State Special Olympics, Johnston, RI, 1986
    • Clinician-Connecticut/Rhode Island Special Olympics Team Sports Camp, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT, 1986
    • Sport Official-Connecticut Special Olympics State Games, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1985
    • Co-Director-Connecticut Special Olympics Coaches Training Clinic, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1983
    • Games Committee Windham Special Olympics Swim Meet, 1984-1990
    • Games Committee Northeast Regional Special Olympics Track Meet, 1985-1990
  • Rhode Island Cerebral Palsy State Sports Team-Assistant Coach, 1985-1992
  • John N. Dempsey Regional Center, 1977-1981
    • Camp Quinebaug Future Projects Committee
    • Client Spending Committee
  • State of Connecticut: Connecticut
    • Consortium for Special Physical Education Committee, 1987-1990
    • State Special Physical Education Curriculum Guide Committee, 1987-1990
  • University of Connecticut
    • Coordinator: Data-Based Motor Development Program, 1983-1984
  • University of Connecticut 4-H Extension Programs
    • Windham/Tolland County 4-H Camp Committee, 1988-1990 
  • Connecticut State Department of Mental Retardation, Hartford, CT 
    • Chairperson Recreation Committee, 1980
  • Educational Consultant
    • New York State Contact Person: Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education and  network of Parent Centers (PCs) 2013-present
    • University of Pittsburgh (Bradford)-Witness tenure/promotion Appeals Panel 2012
    • Allegany-Limestone Central Schools District Consultant Physical Education Student Learning Outcomes 2012
    • Oldenburg Academy, Oldenburg, IN, Franciscan Heritage Programs 2007-present
    • Siouxland  Area School Districts  Sioux City, IA and S.Sioux, NE-2004-present
    • Special Physical Education Evaluations, Horace Porter School, Columbia, CT, 1983-1985
    • Special Physical Education Evaluations, Preston Plains School, Preston, CT, 1982-1984
    • Research Projects Career Education Program, Staff Development & Classroom Perceptual-Motor
    • Programs, Brooklyn School System, Brooklyn, CT, 1982-1985
  • Franciscan Consultant
    • Secular Franciscan Order (SFO), St. Clare Fraternity, Omaha Nebraska, 2005-present

National Service 

  • National Cerebral Palsy/ Les Autres Games at Michigan State University Assistant Coach-Rhode Island Cerebral Palsy National Sports Team, Summer 1985
  • Mississippi Service Trip, Okolona MS- Briar Cliff University March 2005
  • UCONN ATHLETICS Consultant: Husky-to-Husky Career Program: "Students Today. Huskies Forever."  2013-present
  • Franciscan Consultant: Franciscan Federation National Office-National Conference preparation, Washington, D.C., Summer 2012
  • Franciscan Sisters of Washington DC: Franciscan Enrichment Program 2009-present
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri 2008-present
  • Secular Franciscan Order (OSF), St. Clare Fraternity, Omaha Nebraska, 2005-present
  • National Facilitator Build With Living Stones Program, Colorado Springs, CO. 2007-present
  • Northeastern Connecticut-Volunteer –Annual Muscular Dystrophy Turkey Dip, Putnam, CT, 2002-present

International Service 

  • S&S World Wide Sports: Partnerships with Colleges and Universities, 
    Colchester, CT: S&S World Wide Sports. (Consultant),  2013-present
  • North America Special Olympics University Curriculum Committee 2009-present
  • Embrace It Africa, Uganda SIFE Service-Learning Program co-faculty advisor-St. Bonaventure University, May-June, 2011.
  • Bahamas SIFE Service-Learning Program Team-St. Bonaventure University, January, 2009 –present
  • Coordinator: Collaboration -NYS Special Olympics and Grand Bahamas Special Olympics, 2009-present
  • Lumbarqui, Ecuador - Summer volunteer service with Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, 1989-1992
  • Honduras Mission Service Trip-Briar Cliff University, November, 2006.
Other Education
  • M.A., St. Bonaventure University-Franciscan Institute, 2005
  • St. Bonaventure University-Franciscan Institute-Franciscan Studies, theology courses, 1989-present
  • Continuing Education at: Fordham University, St. Louis University-Aquinas Institute, Boston College, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Southern Connecticut State University, University of Rhode Island
Active Teaching Certificates

  • National Standards: Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE), National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID)
Inactive Teaching Certificates
  • Missouri: Physical Education K-12
  • Connecticut: Physical Education K-12, Special Education 1-12, Intermediate Administration and Supervisor
  • Rhode Island: Special Education – severely/profoundly, Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education, Special Education Administrator 
  • New Mexico: Special Education/Physical Education/Athletic Coach 7-12
Professional Background ST.BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY 2007-PRESENT (St. Bonaventure, NY)

  • Associate Professor-tenured-Department of Physical Education-School of Education. 
  • Coordinator of Physical Education Field Block Program
  • Coordinator of Kinder Kinetics
  • Courses taught: Motor Development, Foundations of Physical Education, Elementary Methods in Physical Education, Secondary Methods of Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education, Coaching/Motor Learning, Internship Course, Theory and Techniques of Coaching, Philosophies and Principles of Interscholastic Activities, Supervisor Student Teachers, Service Learning in Physical Education, Women in Sports, Team Sports, Intellectual Journey, Skills for the Journey, Leadership through Special Olympics, Catholic Franciscan Heritage, Senior Forum
  • Coordinator: Special Olympics Coaches Clinics
  • Team Chaplain Soccer, Softball and Lacrosse
  • Minister in Residence Team, volunteer University Ministries
  • Advisor: Physical Activity Club
BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSTIY 2004-2007 (Sioux City, IA)

  • Assistant Professor-Education Department
  • Special Education/Foundations of Education/Catholic School Foundations/Franciscan Studies/ Educational Entrepreneurships/Supervise Student Teachers.
  • 2004-2006- Franciscan in Residence (living in Residence Hall –Franciscan Sisters Apartment-assisting with Residence Life, Campus Ministry Programs and mentor for Franciscan Scholars)
ST.BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY 2002-2004 (St. Bonaventure, NY)

  • Assistant Professor-Department of Physical Education, School of Education-Special Education/Elementary Education; and Franciscan Institute: Resident Life Coordinator, Summer School Coordinator
LAKE SHORE CATHOLIC ACADEMY 2000-2002 (Archdiocese of Chicago, Waukegan, IL)

  • Physical Education Teacher Pre-K-8/permanent substitute teacher pre-k-8th all subjects
  • Duties of Physical Education Teacher include: Adapted Physical Education as needed, classroom tutor for students with learning disabilities, reading teacher 1st grade/ K team teaching and assist in the music program. Summers included: Social Worker Assistant, Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Chicago and Assistant at St. Antoines Nursing Center in North Smithfield, Rhode Island.  
GADSDEN MIDDLE SCHOOL 1998-2000 (Anthony, NM)

  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher: 7th & 8th grade math and social studies 
  • Duties of Physical Education Teacher include: Adapted Physical Education, Assistant Volleyball Coach, Assistant Track and Field Coach, Assisting in Girls and Boys Basketball programs and Hoops for Heart program. Special Education Teacher Resource Room for students with learning disabilities, developmental delays and behavioral problems-subjects 7th & 8th grade Social Studies and 7th & 8th grade Math including Pre-Algebra. Served on various school committees-Districts Special Education IDEA Committee, Special Olympics Committee, Awards Committee, Hazard Team Committee and School Concerns Committee. 
  • Diocese of Las Cruces, NM-Auditor for the Marriage Tribunal, Catechist-Confirmation Program
  • San Luis Rey Parish, Chamberino, NM-Member of the Women’s Border Group 
  • Anthony, NM-Committee for the Rio Grande, volunteer Women’s Intercultural Center
  • Sundland Park, NM-Volunteer Tierra Madre Project
  • National Franciscan Forum, Colorado Springs, Fordham University, Bronx, NY-Theology Studies
MISSOURI SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND 1996-1998 (St. Louis, MO)

  • Teacher in charge for MHDB-multihandicap/deaf-blind Program.  
  • Duties of Teacher in charge of MHDB included: Responsible for student programming including behavior management programs, staff scheduling and coordinating staff in-service programs.  
FRANCISCAN MISSIONARIES OF MARY FORMATION PROGRAM 1993-1996

  • Fall River, MA-Apostolic experiences Fall River Catholic Diocese (Completion of Pastoral Care Course)
  • Espirito Santo School-Physical Education Teacher K-8
  • Program Assistant Office of AIDS Ministry
  • Pastoral Care-Dominican Rose Hawthorne Home for Persons with Terminal Cancer
  • St. Patrick’s Parish-Religious Education Teacher 7th grade
  • Millbrook, NY-Cardinal Hayes Home for Children with Special Needs -Program Consultant
  • Waukegan, IL-Holy Family Parish-Social Services Programs Assistant, tutor at Parish Youth Center, volunteer Soup Kitchen, Special Education Religious Education Program Assistant
  • Providence, RI-Free Wheelers Program for Persons with Disabilities-Program Assistant
STATE OF CONNECTICUT 1990-1995

  • State Assessor, Department of Education-BEST Program Assessor for Beginner Teachers
CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE 1990-1993 (Castleton, VT)

  • Assistant Professor-Department of Physical Education, Teacher Certification Programs
EASTCONN 1987-1990 (Windham, CT)

  • Storrs, CT-Special Education/Adapted Physical Education Teacher-Secondary Programs for Persons with Sever Disabilities, Connecticut Data-Based Model Program Site-E.O. SMITH HIGH SCHOOL
  • Woodstock, CT-Young Adult Program for Students with Severe Disabilities-Pilot Project site for the University of Oregon Research & Training Center on Community-Referenced Technologies for Behavior Management, Connecticut Data-Based Model Program Site
JOHN N. DEMPSEY REGIONAL CENTER 1987 (Putnam, CT)

  • State School Teacher-Positive Futures Program, Students with Severe Difficulties
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND 1984-1987 (Kingston, RI)

  • Special Instructor-Adapted Physical Education Programs, Department of Physical Education, Health & Recreation.  
  • Courses: Graduate and Undergraduate Adapted Physical Education and Motor Development
JOHN N. DEMPSEY REGIONAL CENTER 1983-1984 (Putnam, CT)

  • Professional Specialist
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT 1982-1984 (Storrs, CT)

  • Instructor-Sport & Leisure Studies Department
  • Graduate Assistant-Special Physical Education
  • Courses: Graduate and Undergraduate tennis, badminton, swimming, folk and square dance
  • Teacher-Special Education-Classes in Autism, Behavioral Disorders, Severe/Profound & Early Intervention 
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT 1981-1982 (Storrs, CT)

  • Educational Assistant-Special Physical Education, Coordinator of Special Physical Education In-Service Programs
JOHN N. DEMPSEY REGIONAL CENTER 1977-1981 (Putnam, CT)

  • Mental Retardation Educational Program Supervisor of Physical Education & Recreation
  • Camp Director-Camp Quinebaug
BROOKLYN SCHOOL SYSTEM 1976-1977 (Brooklyn, CT)

  • Physical Education Teacher and Substitute Teacher 
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT 1972-1976 (Storrs, CT)

  • UCONN Women’s Basketball Team 1972-1974
  • UCONN Women’s Swim Team 1974-1976
  • UCONN Air Force ROTC Program 1972-1973
  • UCONN Marching Band 1972-1976
CAMP ST. HELENE  1971-1973 (Franciscan Missionaries of Mary  Palenville, NY)

  • Waterfront Director
  • Program Director
Accomplishments Physical Education Publications
  • Scraba, P.J.  (1982). A guide to involving handicapped students in physical education.  Unpublished manuscript, University of Connecticut, Department of Sport and Leisure Studies, Storrs, CT.  
  • Fait, H. & Dunn, J.  (1984). Special Physical Education.  Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.   (Acknowledgements for contributions to the Chapter on Motor Learning).  
  • Contributing Editor, (1985-1986) Rhode Island: Newsletter-New England Chapter, The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps.  
  • Scraba, P.J.  (1985).  Special education classroom perceptual motor programs.  Unpublished manuscript, University of Rhode Island, Physical Education Department, Kingston, RI.  
  • Scraba, P.J.  (1985, February).  Building the ARC, Rhode Island Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Newsletter, p.  4. 
  • Scraba, P.J.  (1986, January).  An adapted aquatics program for persons with disabilities, Rhode Island Recreation and Parks Association Newsletter, p.  2.  
  • Scraba, P.J.  (1986, Fall).  An individualized adapted aquatics program for persons with disabilities, Able Bodies AAHPERD, pp.2, 8.  
  • Scraba, P. J. & Bloomquist, L. E.  (1987).  Adapted aquatics program manual.  Washington, DC: Clearinghouse on Teacher Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.  
  • Dunn, J. & Fait, H.  (1989). Special Physical Education, Dubuque, Iowa: Wm. C. Brown Publishers (Acknowledgements for contributions).  
  • Co-Editor (1989-1990).  Journal for the Rhode Island Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 
  • Contributing Editor (1990-1992).  National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) for the PEPIGRAM-Physical Education Public Information newsletter.  
  • Contributing Editor (1993-2002).  Sharings Newsletter-Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Monthly Publication. 
  • Contributor (2004-2007). Cliff Notes, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA.
  • Consultant (2007-Present)  Human Kinetics Publications.
  • Scraba, P. J. (2008). “Considering the Colonized mind, body, spirit: Teaching in the borderlands of Native America.” Sapporo, Japan, 2008 AIESEP World Congress from AIESEP Publication  Website.
  • Scraba, P.J. (2009) Preserving the dignity and worth of the individual: A faith-based approach for working with indigenous people. AFCU Journal. 6(1) 86-95. 
  • Dunn, J. & Leitschuh, C. (2010). Special Physical Education, ( 8th ed.) Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company (Reader/Consultant). 
  • Scraba, P. J., Seybert, E., & Bright,K. (2010). A History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education, [Supplementary academic support exam material], Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
  • Scraba, P.J. (2011). The Value and Commitment of Service Learning in Physical Education and Physical Activity: Blending Social Responsibility. In M. P. Miller & J. D. Nendel (Eds.), Service learning in physical education and other related professions: A global perspective. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
  • Scraba, P.J. ( in progress,2010) Special Olympics: Physical Education, Inclusion and Service Learning-You can have it all with Inclusive Sport Programs. PALAESTRA. (working on revisions)
  • Scraba, P.J. (in progress, 2010) . Franciscan Perspective: Techno artisan wellness in the 21st Century, Journal of Religion and Health. 
  • Choate, C, Palmer, T, Scraba, P, & Valeri, R. (in progress, 2010) SIFE Bahamas service-learning project: Attitude survey of students, St. Bonaventure University, NY.
  • Palmer, T. & Scraba, P. (in progress, 2010) Best Practices: “Strength Through Partnerships: The Special Olympic University Curriculum-Collaboration: Special Olympics and University Sponsored International Service Learning Opportunities.” CAHPERD (CANADA).
  • Miller, M.P. & Scraba, P. J. (in progress, 2011) Service learning in physical education and other related professions. (research projects with Slippery Rock University)
  • Scraba, P.J. (research in progress, 2011). Spirituality of physical activity. St. Bonaventure University, NY.
  • Scraba , P. J. (Submitted, 2012).  Student-initiated  Service Learning Leadership:  St. Bonaventure University International Special Olympics Sports Model. AFCU Journal. (working on revisions)
  • Scraba, P.J. (2012, Fall) Building Effective Physical Education Programs, Boston: Jones & Bartlett Learning. (manuscript reviewer).
  • Scraba, P.J.  (2013, Spring). A Teacher’s Guide to Including Students with Disabilities in General Physical Education, (by Martin Block), Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing (manuscript reviewer).
  • Scraba, P. (2013, Spring) Physical Activity & Sport for the Secondary School Student-6th Edition (by Dougherty, Neil J.) Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics (manuscript reviewer)
  • Scraba, P. (2013, Spring) An evaluation of the use of student fitness testing in collegiate physical education programs, (by Max Wood and Timothy Baghurst) Stillwater, OK: Oklahoma State University, (survey reviewer).
  • Scraba, P (2013) S&S World Wide Sports: Partnerships with Colleges and Universities, Colchester, CT: S&S World Wide Sports. (Consultant) 
  • Scraba, P (2014,Spring) Intention to Teach Physically Active Adapted Physical Education Classes to Children and Youth. (Investigators: Dr. Ron French & Jaehwa Kim-,Kinesiologyz; Adapted Physical Education). Denton, TX: Texas Woman’s University (survey reviewer)
  • Scraba, P. (2014) Sports Fan Online Research Panel.(by Paul Barretta, St. Bonaventure, NY) St. Bonaventure University, (survey reviewer).
  • Scraba, P. (2014) Adapted Physical Activity Taxonomy - Single Subject Design. (by Sharon L. Carano Texas Woman's University) Texas Woman's University, Denton,TX. (survey reviewer).
Franciscan Spirituality Publications
  • Scraba, P.J. (2005). A Collection of Flowers: Tracing the Inspirational Roots for Social Justice. 
  • Movements of Franciscans Today with the Writings on Francis and Clare. Unpublished manuscript, St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Studies, St. Bonaventure, NY.
  • Contributor (2006) (website in press).  www. St. Bonaventure’s Soul’s Journey into God.com. Testimony accepted August, 2006.
  • Scraba, P.J. (website, January, 2007). Justice Education and the Inspirational Roots of the Franciscan Spiritual Tradition. AFCU Journal, Symposium Presentation June, 2006.
  • Scraba, P.J. (2007). Build with Living Stones: “Creating a Campus-wide Reflection.” AFCU Journal. 4 (1) 43-44.
  • Scraba, P. J. (January/March 2008).  Francis and the San Damiano Cross [Review of the book Francis and the San Damiano Cross: Meditations on Spiritual Transformation]. The Cord, 58(1), 82-83.
  • Contributor (2008, September 10) SBU pilgrims visit the school’s early roots. Communications HNP Today Newsletter, 41(17). Retrieved September 10, 2008 from http//www.holynameprovince.org/ publications/hnp_today_view. 
  • Scraba, P.J.  (2008, May 11). Reflection:  “And they were filled with the Holy Spirit…” Retrieved May 11, 2008, from http://www.oldenburgfranciscans.ors/reflections.html.
  • Scraba, P.J. (July/September 2008). Mystics from a Franciscan perspective [Review of the book Mystics: Ten who show us the ways of God]. The Cord, 58(3), 279-280.
  • Scraba, P.J. (January/March 2009) Left to tell: Discovering God amidst the Rwandan holocaust. [Review of the book  Left to tell: Discovering God amidst the Rwandan holocaust]. The Cord, 59(1), 107-108.
  • Scraba, P.J. (July/September 2009). Things hidden:  Scripture as spirituality. [Review of the book Things hidden: Scripture as spirituality]. The Cord, 59(3), 345-347.
  • Scraba, P.J. (2009). Reflective pause: Franciscan solitude-proposed campus program.  Unpublished manuscript, St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Studies, St. Bonaventure, NY.
  • Scraba, P.J. (January/March 2010). Visions and revisions: Celebrating 800 years of the Franciscan way of life. [Review of the book Visions and revisions: Celebrating 800 years of the Franciscan way of life]. The Cord, 60(1), 83-86.
  • Scraba, P.J. (July/September 2010) .The Cross was their book: Meditations on St. Francis’s prayer before the cross. [Review of the book: The Cross was their book: Meditations on St. Francis’s prayer before the cross]. The Cord, 60(3), 339-343.
  • Scraba, P.J. (2009). Franciscan Perspective: Techno artisan wellness in the 21st Century, Unpublished manuscript, St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Studies, St. Bonaventure, NY.
  • Co-editor (2010-Present)  Newsletter Franciscan Enrichment Program, Washington: DC.
  • Scraba,P.J. (2011). “In those days Mary set out to visit Elizabeth,” In Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, Daily Reflections for Advent 2011, Tampa, FL: Allegany Art’s.
  • Scraba, P.J. ( 2011).    The Emergent Christ: Exploring the Meaning of Catholic in a Evolutionary Universe. [Review of the book: The Emergent Christ: Exploring the Meaning of Catholic in a Evolutionary Universe] The Cord, 61(4),  406-409.
  • Editorial Board (2012).  Build With Living Stones (4th Ed.).  In D. Mitchell (Ed.),  Build With Living Stones. St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Publications.
  • Scraba , P. J. ( 2012). When Values Collide: The Catholic Church, Sexual Abuse, and the Challenges of Leadership. [Review of the book: When Values Collide: The Catholic Church, Sexual Abuse, and the Challenges of Leadership] AFCU Journal, 9(1), 69-70.
  • Scraba, P.J. (2012) .Breathing under water: Spirituality and the twelve steps. [Review of the book: Breathing under water: Spirituality and the twelve steps]. The Cord, 62(3), 322-325.
  • Scraba, P.J. (2012). Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis.  [Review of the book: Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis] The Cord, 62(4).
  • Scraba, P.J. ( 2013) .  Meet Our Brother Bonaventure: Reflections on The Journey into God. [Review of the book: Meet Our Brother Bonaventure: Reflections on The Journey into God]. The Cord. 63(1), 75-80.
  • Scraba, P.J. (2013) . Journey into God.. [Review of the book: The Journey into God by St. Bonaventure, new translation by Rosef Raischl & Andre Cirino]. The Cord. 63 (2) 187-190.
  • Scraba, P.J. (2013). St. Bonaventure’s Commentaries on John’s Gospel and Luke’s Gospel, [Review of books: St. Bonaventure’s Commentaries on John’s Gospel and Luke’s Gospel, Robert Karris] co-contributor  Newsletter Franciscan Sisters of Washington, DC “Bringing the spirit of St. Francis into the heart of  the world.” 3 (1) 3.  
  • Scraba, P.J. (2013) .The Life and Legacy of Saint Marianne Cope,OSF. [Review of the book: The Life and Legacy of Saint Marianne Cope,OSF.by Mary Francis Gangloff]. The Cord. 63 (4) 424-427.
  • Scraba, P.J. (2014). St. Clare: A short biography.[ Review of the book: St. Clare: A short biography by Joan Mueller] The Cord 64(1) 89-92.
  • Scraba, P. J. ( 2014). The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering. [Review of the book: The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering by Daniel Horan, OFM.] The Cord.  64 (2) 193-196
Presentations 

 Physical Education Presentations

  • Programming in Special Physical Education,” Eastern Connecticut Regional School Districts Curriculum Days, Brooklyn, CT, Hebron, CT and Willimantic, CT, October, 1981. 
  • “Adapting to the Environment through Motor Activities,” Connecticut Special Education Exposition, Hartford, CT, October, 1982.  
  • “Alternative Programs in Special Physical Education,” Connecticut Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference, Central Connecticut State university, New Britain, CT, 1983.
  • “Data-Based Adapted Aquatics Programs.” Connecticut Leisure Activities Conference, Connecticut State Department of Mental Retardation, Hebron, CT, 1984.  
  • “Adapted Aquatics for Persons with Severe Handicaps,” Spring Conference, Connecticut Special Education Resource Center & Connecticut State Department of Mental Retardation, Hartford, CT, 1984.  
  • “Single Subject Research Design and Data-Based Analysis in Adapted Physical Education, PED 530: Research Methods and Designs in Health and Physical Education, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 1984.  
  • “Data-Based Programming in Physical Education.” ESLS 373:  Special Physical Education, Sport and Leisure Studies Department, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1984.  
  • Rhode Island Cable TV Show “Able Bodies,” University of Rhode Island Adapted Physical Education Program, Providence, RI, 1984.  
  • “Instructional Concerns in the 80’s,” Conference for the Connecticut Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, 1984.  
  • “Sign Language Workshop,” Sport and Leisure Studies Department, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1984.  
  • “An Individualized Adapted Aquatics Program for Persons with Disabilities,” National Conference, 12th Annual, The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, Boston, MA, 1985.  
  • “Update: Adapted Physical Education Programs at the University of Rhode Island,” South County Chapter, Rhode Island Association for Retarded Citizens, 1985. 
  • “Adapted Aquatics Workshops,” Sport and Leisure Studies Department, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1985.  
  • “Adapted Aquatics,” Northeast Conference on Physical Activities for Persons with Disabilities, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 1985.  
  • “Data-Based Management of Programs for Persons with Disabilities,” 63rd Annual Convention, Eastern District Association of AAHPERD, Lancaster, PA, 1986. 
  • “Data-Based Aquatics Programs for Persons with Disabilities,” 101st National Convention American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1986.
  • “Adapted Physical Education for Persons with Severe Disabilities,” Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT,  1988.
  • “Programming for Student with Severe Disabilities, 65th Annual Convention, Eastern District Association of AAHPERD, Philadelphia, PA, 1988.
  • “The Professional Preparation for Students Working with the Physically Challenged, 65th Annual Convention, Eastern District Association of AAHPERD, Philadelphia, PA 1988.
  • “Self-modeling for Teaching Swimming to Persons with Physical Disabilities,” New England TASH (The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps) Convention, Hartford, CT, 1989.
  • “PEPI Programs: Fit to Achieve,” Fall Conference, Rhode Island Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Newport, RI, 1989.
  • “Update Fit to Achieve Program,” 66th Annual Convention, Eastern District Association of AAHPERD, Lancaster, PA, 1990.
  • “Behavior Management Techniques for Students with Severe Disabilities,” EASTCONN, Killingly, CT, 1990.
  • “Integrating the Handicapped into Activities,” State Convention-Vermont Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Burlington, VT, 1990.
  • “Leisure Programs for Persons with Disabilities,” Castleton State College, 1991.
  • “PEPI Training Session,” National Convention for the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, San Francisco, CA, 1991.
  • “PEPI in the 1990’s-Share and Idea,” Eastern District Association Convention, Newport, RI, 1991.
  • “Promoting Public Relations in your School Programs,” State Convention-Vermont Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Burlington, VT, 1991.
  • “PEPI Training Session,” National Convention for the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Indianapolis, IN, 1992.
  • “Community Awareness for Persons with Disabilities,” Castleton State College, 1992.
  • “Preparation of College Students in Adapted Physical Education and for Teacher Education,” Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Burlington, VT, 1992.
  • “PEPI-Panel Discussion-Sharing Ideas for National Physical Education and Sport Week,” Eastern District Association Convention, Baltimore, MD, 1992.
  • “Fall River Diocese-Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Evangelization around the World,” Fall River, MA, 1995.
  • “Bilingual Session Vocation Promotion Program,” Dighton, MA, 1996.
  • “Behavior Management for Students with Severe Disabilities,” Missouri School for the Blind, St. Louis, MO, 1997.
  • “The New Physical Education,” Lake Shore Catholic Academy Faculty Orientation, 2000.
  • “Alternative Programming for Students,” Lake Shore Catholic Academy Faculty Orientation, 2001
  • “Activities for Healthy Lifestyle for Our Wisdom Communities,” St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, Allegany, NY Spring, 2003, Summer, 2003.
  • “Considering the Colonized mind, body, spirit: Teaching in the borderlands of Native America.” Sapporo, Japan, AIESEP World Congress, 2008.
  • “Using Action Research with Student Teachers.” Newport, Rhode Island, The 87th Annual EDA Convention, February, 2008.
  • “Preserving the dignity and worth of the individual: A faith-based approach for working with indigenous people,” Alvernia College,  AFCU Symposium June, 2008.
  • “Systematic Observation in Physical Education Teacher Education: Linking technology with Teaching Practice in the Gymnasium,” Allegany-Limestone Middle/High School , Allegany, NY Staff Development October, 2008.
  • “Systematic Observation:  Preservice Students Mentoring Cooperating Teachers,” Lancaster, PA, The 88th Annual EDA Convention, February, 2009.
  • “Physical Education, Inclusion and Service Learning--- You Can Have It All With Inclusive Sports Programs” (co-presentation NYS Special Olympics), Verona, New York, NYS AHPERD 72nd Annual Conference. November, 2009.
  • “Strength Through Partnerships: The Special Olympics University Curriculum-Collaboration: Special Olympics and University Sponsored International Service Learning Opportunities.” Indianapolis, Indiana, AAHPERD 125th National Convention, March, 2010.
  • “Globalization-Franciscan Perspective: Preaching a New Vision for Care of Creation through International Service Learning.” (Co-presentation Scraba, P, & Palmer, T.) Fort Wayne, Indiana, AFCU Symposium,  June 8-12, 2010
  • “Franciscan Perspective for Community Based Learning through Physical Activities, St. Bonaventure University, Guest Speaker, PHED 399: Community Wellness, Sept, 2010.
  • "It Takes a Village…Come Meet the Village: Healthy Leisure Lifestyles.” St. Bonaventure University SBU Disability Committee Workshop, October 12, 2010.
  • Partnership and Collaboration Through Physical Education, Inclusion and Service-Learning Sports Programs” (co-presentation Special Olympics of  New York), Verona, New York, NYS AHPERD 73rd Annual Conference. November, 2010.
  • “Franciscan Perspective for Community Based Learning through Physical Activities, St. Bonaventure University, Guest Speaker, PHED 399: Community Wellness, Sept, 2011.
  • “Putting the glee back into college Life.” St. Bonaventure University SBU Disability Committee, Co-Coordinator Workshop, October 13, 2011.
  • “Special Olympics Basketball Coaches Clinic,” (Workshop coordinator and presenter), St. Bonaventure, NY, St. Bonaventure University, November 10, 2011
  • “Adapted Physical Education Sports Model Assessment Curriculum” (co-presentation Special Olympics of  New York), Verona, New York NYS AHPERD 74th Annual Conference, , November 17-19, 2011.
  • “Special Olympics Volleyball Coaches Clinic,” (Workshop coordinator and presenter), St. Bonaventure, NY, St. Bonaventure University, March 27, 2012.
  • “Special Olympics Basketball Coaches Clinic,” (Workshop coordinator and presenter), St. Bonaventure, NY, St. Bonaventure University, April 3, 2012
  • “Girls and Women Sports Clinic: Breakaway,” (Workshop Coordinator) St. Bonaventure, NY, St. Bonaventure University, April 17, 2012.
  • “Special Olympics Basketball Sports Clinic,” (Workshop coordinator and presenter), St. Bonaventure, NY, St. Bonaventure University, April 21, 2012.
  • “A Model for Student Initiated leadership: St. Bonaventure University SIFE International Service Learning Program.” (Presentation Scraba, P.) Viterbo University, Lacrosse, WI, AFCU Symposium, June 12-14, 2012.
  • “Special Olympics Coach Education System: Inclusion Model for Physical Education” (co-presentation Special Olympics of  New York), Verona, New York, NYS AHPERD 75th Annual Conference, November 14-17, 2012.
  • “Systematic Observation in Physical Education: Linking Technology with Teaching and assessing student learning outcomes,” Freeport, Grand Bahamas Islands, Bahamas Ministry of Education Physical Education Seminar, January 9-10, 2013.
  • “Special Olympics Basketball Sports Clinic,” (Workshop coordinator and co-presenter), St. Bonaventure, NY, St. Bonaventure University, January 15 & 22, 2013.
  • “A Model for Student Initiated Leadership: St. Bonaventure University SIFE International Service-Learning Program.”Valley Forge, PA The 92th Annual EDA Convention, February, 2013. 
  • “Heart  Beat of the Campus: Presence, Dialogue and Witness with Ministers in Residence,” Washington, DC: Georgetown University and The Catholic University of America 2013 ASACCU (Association for Student Affairs in Catholic Colleges and Universities) Annual Conference July 23-26, 2013
  • “Special Olympics Athletics Training Program Certification through Track and Field” (co-presentation Special Olympics of  New York), Verona, New York, NYS AHPERD 76th  Annual Conference, November 20-21, 2013.
  • “Embrace the Future: Leadership Programs through Special Olympics Unified Sports.”(co-presentation Special Olympics of  New York), Verona, New York, NYS AHPERD 76th  Annual Conference, November 20-21, 2013
  • “Meaningful Inclusion in Physical Education: Special Olympics Unified Sports Curriculum,” St. Louis, MO, 2014 AAHPERD National Convention & Exposition, April 1-5, 2014.
  • “Why Sport is an Important to Advancing the Catholic Identity of the Institution.” (Presentation Scraba, P.),Neumann University, AFCU Symposium, June  3-5, 2014.
  • “Heartbeat of the Campus: Ministers in Residence Mentoring Student Leaders through Presence, Dialogue and Witness,” (Presentation Scraba, P.),Neumann University, AFCU Symposium, June  3-5, 2014 
Franciscan Spirituality Presentations

  • “Images For the Wolf of Gubbio Today,” St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY, Journey Project, Summer, 2004.
  • “Images for the Wolf of Gubbio,” Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA, Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Fall, 2004.
  • “A Collection of Flowers: Tracing the Inspirational Roots for Social Justice Movements of Franciscans Today with the Writings on Francis and Clare,” St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY, Summer, 2005.
  • “Franciscan Heritage Series: Build with Living Stones,” Briar Cliff University, Employee Franciscan Heritage Program, Sioux City, IA, January-April, 2006.
  • “Justice Education and the Inspirational Roots of the Franciscan Spiritual Tradition,” St. Bonaventure University, AFCU Symposium, June, 2006. 
  • “St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio: Tracing the Social Justice Movement in the Secular Franciscan Tradition Today!” Omaha, NE, Chapter of Mats Nebraska SFO Fraternities, August, 2006.
  • “Franciscan Heritage Series: Build with Living Stones,” Briar Cliff University, Employee Franciscan Heritage Program Part II, Sioux City, IA, October-April, 2006-2007.
  • “Peacemaking in the Franciscan Tradition: The Images of the Wolf of Gubbio,” St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Passport Series, October, 2007.
  • “Spirituality of Sport through Build with Living Stones,” Oldenburg Academy, Oldenburg, IN, Franciscan Heritage Program August 2007-May, 2008.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series,” Franciscan Sisters of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, IN, Franciscan Heritage Program September 2007-April, 2008.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: Franciscan perspective: Peacemaking in culture of violence,” St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Passport Series, October, 2008.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series:  The economy and global reality from a Franciscan perspective,” St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Passport Series, October, 2008.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: Series Introduction: Bonaventure,” St. Louis, MO, Franciscan Sisters of  Jesus, March, 2009.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: Francis, Clare and the Franciscan family,” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates, May, 2009.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: Called to live the gospel way of life,” St. Louis, MO, Chapter of Mats Franciscan Sisters of  Jesus, August, 2009.
  • “Beatitude Spirituality of Women: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit: A Comparison of a “Be-attitude” Spirituality for Women,” St. Bonaventure University,  Keenan Grant: Faculty Seminar in Women’s Spirituality, September, 2009.
  • “Encountering the God Within;  A Holistic Approach” (Facilitator), Allegany, NY  Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, Women’s Spirituality Day, September, 2009
  • “Build with Living Stones Series:  Peace-Making and inculturation in a Culture of Violence,” St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Passport Series, September, 2009.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: The integrity of creation: images, reflections, and implications. St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Passport Series, October, 2009.
  • “Women’s spirituality: Encountering the God within-follow up ” (Facilitator), Allegany, NY  Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, Women’s Spirituality Day, October, 2009.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: “Greccio: Francis, Christmas and the Eucharist-Witnesses of the Incarnation” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates, December, 2009
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: “Traces of the Trinity: Franciscan Outlook of Life Based Upon Our Understanding of the Primacy of Christ in the Trinity” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates, February, 2010.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: Francis, Clare and the Franciscan family,” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates, March, 2010
  • “Build With Living Stones- Educating for the Care of Creation: Contemporary verses for the Canticle of the Creatures.” Fort Wayne, Indiana, AFCU Symposium,  June 8-12, 2010
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: Formation for Franciscan Life and Work,” St. Louis, MO, Chapter of Mats Franciscan Sisters of Jesus, August, 2010.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series:  Peace-Making and inculturation in a Culture of Violence,” St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Passport Series, September, 2010.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: The integrity of creation: images, reflections, and implications. St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Passport Series, October, 2010.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: Franciscan Call to Mission,” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates and Sisters, October, 2010.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: To Be Formed in Christ,” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates and Sisters, November, 2010.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: The Franciscan   Evangelist: A Prayerful Missionary,” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates and Sisters, December, 2010.
  • “Who Do You Say That I Am?” An Advent Retreat with Ilia Delio,OSF. (co-retreat liturgist, Scraba, P).Washington, DC Franciscan Sisters of Washington DC, The Holy Land Franciscan Monastery, December 11, 2010.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: Franciscan Presence and Dialogue: Living with Diversity in a Pluralistic Society,” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates and Sisters, February, 2011.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: Franciscan Peace-Making In A Culture Of Violence,” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates and Sisters, March, 2011.
  • "Forgiveness: God's Invitation For Life:"Lenten Retreat with Ilia Delio,OSF (Presenter Stations of the Cross from a Franciscan Perspective and co liturgist, Scraba, P).Washington, DC Franciscan Sisters of Washington DC, The Holy Land Franciscan Monastery, March 26, 2011.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: Inculturation as a Franciscan Perspective I,” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates and Sisters, May, 2011.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series:  Peace-Making and inculturation in a Culture of Violence,” St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Passport Series, September, 2011.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: The integrity of creation: images, reflections, and implications. St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Passport Series, October, 2011.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: Inculturation as a Franciscan Perspective II,” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates and Sisters, October, 2011.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: The economy and Global Reality from a Franciscan Perspective,” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates and Sisters, November, 2011.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: Relating as Franciscan women and men of faith,” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates and Sisters, December, 2011.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: Brother sun and sister moon: A Franciscan View of the Environment,” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates and Sisters, February, 2012.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: The continuing Franciscan Task in the Church I,” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates and Sisters, March, 2012.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: The continuing Franciscan Task in the Church II,” Allegany, NY, Allegany Franciscan Associates and Sisters, April, 2012.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series:  Peace-Making and inculturation in a Culture of Violence,” St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Passport Series, September, 2012.
  • “Build with Living Stones Series: The integrity of creation: images, reflections, and implications. St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Passport Series, September , 2012.
  • “Nuns in Trouble: What the Vatican Reform Means,” St. Bonaventure University, Friday Forum Series, October 5, 2012 (Co-presentation with President, Sr. Margaret Carney and OSF sisters).
  • "Trusting in the Loving Presence of God: Advent Retreat with Ilia Delio,OSF (Co liturgist, Scraba, P).Washington, DC Franciscan Sisters of Washington DC, The Holy Land Franciscan Monastery, December 1, 2012.
  • “God’s Gift of Life, Are We Grateful?” Retreat with Ilia Delio, OSF (Co-liturgist, Scraba, P).Washington, DC Franciscan Sisters of Washington DC, The Holy Land Franciscan Monastery, February 23, 2013.
  • “Clare of Assisi, The Second Letter to Agnes of Prague Reflection,” Washington, DC Franciscan Sisters of Washington DC, Redemptrist Retreat House, June 16, 2013
  • "Praying for the Coming of God:” Advent Retreat (Co-presenter, Scraba, P).Washington, DC Franciscan Sisters of Washington DC, The Holy Land Franciscan Monastery, December 7, 2013. 
  • “Prayer of Openness: Recipe for the New Year Refection,” Washington, DC Franciscan Sisters of Washington DC, St. Clare House. Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City, MD., January 1, 2014.
  • Leading in the 21st Century Building Better Social Worlds Through Learning from Francis and Clare, ( attended workshop by presenter Dr. Pauline Albert), St Bonaventure,  N.Y., Franciscan Institute,  St. Bonaventure University, July 7-10, 2014.
  • “Good Journey of St. Bonaventure Through Stain Glass Windows,” St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY Allegany Franciscan Associates and Sisters, 25th  Anniversary Associates Assembly, July, 2014.
Grants 

1988        

  • University of Connecticut: $1,000 Research Grant, The Use of Videotaping for Self-Modeling
1989          
  • University of Connecticut: $1,000 Research Grant, The Use of Videotaping for Self-Modeling
2005
  • Briar Cliff University: $600 FDC Funding-Facilitator Training: Build with Living Stones Program
2006
  • Briar Cliff University: $600 FDC Funding: Franciscan Intellectual Tradition Program-St. Bonaventure’s: Journey into God. April, 2006
  • Briar Cliff University: $600 FDC Funding: Honduras Mission Service Trip-Diversity Project comparing Educational ProgramsNovember, 2006
  • Briar Cliff University - $1000 Kemper Grant: Develop new course: Educational Entrepreneurship Service- Learning
2007
  • St. Bonaventure University - $500 Visiting Scholar Grant-Spirituality of Sport
  • St. Bonaventure University - $4500 Keenan Grant: Spirituality of Sport. Service Learning Grant.
2008          
  • St. Bonaventure University - $5500 Keenan Grant: Systematic Observation in Physical Education Teacher Education: Linking technology with Teaching Practice in the Gymnasium
  • Martine Grant: Spirituality of Sport: Reflective Team Building
2009                
  • St. Bonaventure University - $3536 Keenan Grant: Faculty Seminar in Women’s Spirituality submitted by Michael Calabria and Alison Moore. Selected faculty member for Faculty Seminar in Women’s Spirituality Grant.
2009                  
  • Franciscan Sisters of Allegany - $2000 150th Anniversary Grant. Women Spirituality Grant by Melissa Scholl, OSF, Member of grant submission Women Spirituality Committee.
2009-2010
  • St. Bonaventure University- $2000. Community Based Learning: Service Learning in Physical Activity Consultant for Grant recipients
2010
  • St. Bonaventure University-$500 Visiting Scholar Grant. Girls and Women in Sports Day
2011
  • Consultant Bona Buddies Buffalo Bills Youth Sport Foundations Grant $1000
2012
  • St. Bonaventure University-Consultant Bona Buddies Buffalo Bills Youth Sport Foundations Grant $1000
  • Visiting Scholar Grant-Girls and Women in Sports Day $500
  • Jump Rope for Heart for National Grant AAHPERD submission $2500
2013-2014
  • St. Bonaventure University-$500 Visiting Scholar Grant-Girls and Women in Sports Day
  • Ben Cohen Stand Up Against Bullying-$2500
  • SBU Unified Sports Program: Inclusion for Social Change

Honors

St. Bonaventure University
  • Devereux Giving Society - Honor Roll of Donors 2007-2008
  • Devereux Plus Society - 2009-Present
  • Special Olympics New York Service Award - 2010
  • 2009-2010 Professional of the Year in Higher Education by Global Cambridge Who’s Who of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs 
  • 2010/2011 Achievement Award Edition of Distinguished Professionals Online
  • 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Business Leaders
  • 2010 Outstanding Professional Achievements and Contributions to the Community Remington Registry 
  • 2011 Granted Tenure
  • 2011 Chosen participant in the Field Test of the New York State Teacher Performance Assessment for Initial Certification.
  • 2012 Nominee Fr. Joe Doino Awards and Honors/Fr. Bob Stewart, OFM Advisor of the Year
  • 2013 Nominee Fr. Joe Doino Awards and Honors/Fr. Gervase White, OFM, Staff  Person of the Year
  • 2013 Appointed the adapted physical education professional contact resource person in New York state for the Parent Center (PC) project on adapted physical education services.
  • 2014 Nominee Fr. Joe Doino Awards and Honors/Fr. Bob Stewart, OFM Advisor of the Year 2014 Nominee Fr. Joe Doino Awards and Honors/Fr. Gervase White, OFM, Staff  Person of the Year 
  • 2014 Nominee Fr. Joe Doino Awards and Honors/The Leo E. Keenan Jr. Faculty Appreciation Award
Briar Cliff University
  • The Spiritus Franciscanus Award 2006-2007
  • NAIA Champions of Character Recognition Award 2004-2005
  • NAIA Champions of Character Recognition 2005-2006
St. Bonaventure University
  • Faculty Recognition of the Month of April 2003
Lake Shore Catholic Academy
  • Volunteer Service Recognition Award 2001
  • Volunteer Service Recognition Award 2002
Gadsden Middle School
  • Girls Basketball Awards Banquet Honorary Speaker, 2000
  • Recognition Award for Girls Basketball, 1999-2000
  • Recognition Award for Dedication to Students of Gadsden Middle School, 2000
  • Recognition Award for Support of GMS Thunderbird Students in Special Education, 2000
Castleton State College
  • Castleton State College Student Association Community Service Award, 1992
  • Recognition Award from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education for Excellence in Leadership, Service, and Commitment to the Physical Education Profession, 1992
  • Outstanding New Faculty of the Year at Castleton State College, 1991
Connecticut and Rhode Island
  • Connecticut’s Data Based Model Program-Outstanding Teaching and Dedication to Student with Severe Handicaps, 1989
  • Awarded Research Stipend: University of Connecticut Research Foundation, 1989
  • Awarded Research Fellowship: University of Connecticut Research Foundation, 1988
  • Awarded State of Rhode Island Governor’s Citation-Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to the University of Rhode Island, 1987
  • CAHPERD Award-Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Connecticut Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 1983
  • Silver Clover Award-University of Connecticut Extension Center-Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to 4-H Programs, 1983
  • Graduate Assistantship, University of Connecticut, Ph.D. Graduate Program, 1982-1984
  • International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Referee School-All Star Team Official, 1980-1983
  • Pi Lambda Theta, Membership selected for distinguished academic and professional achievements, 1981
  • Fellowship, University of Connecticut, Graduate School Special Physical Education Masters Program, 1976
Teaching Philosophy

My philosophy is based on the work I have done with persons with disabilities and my Franciscan background. The student is a person and an individual first. I teach to success. I believe every student is capable of learning and accomplishing their educational goal.

My role as an educator is to facilitate that learning with an exchange of information and ideas from the teacher to the student and the student to the teacher. It is through systematic teaching that we are also called to be researchers in our field to enhance student learning through data-based programming. Part of my goal as an educator is to provide students with the skills to be more accountable in their own teaching abilities and classroom management.

In the Franciscan Tradition, I stress a mutual respect for the “other.” We are all “buona gente,” good people with a willingness to collaborate together. It is through our practices and deeds that we instill in our students, the “future educators,” how to be present, to dialogue and to be a witness in order to build “right relationships” with others.

My emphasis is on students believing in themselves, following their dreams, being rooted in the Spirit of life, being open to risk, and walking with courage.

Current Research Interests/Projects
  • 2007: Keenan Grant: Improving perceptions of self-efficacy among student athletes through the Build With Living Stones Spirituality of Sport Program: A Qualitative Assessment.
  • 2007: Brawdy, P., Scraba, P., LeRoy, P., Belcher, D. & Lada, D. (2007). Considering the colonized mind, body and spirit: Teaching in the borderlands of Native America. Symposium submitted to the 2008 AIESEP Congress, Sapporo, Japan.
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