Daniel Drost

  • Position:  Associate Chair
  • Department:  Exercise Science and Community Health
  • Office Location:  Building 72, Room 241
  • ddrost@uwf.edu
  • Campus: (850) 474-2133


Dr. Daniel Drost, associate chair and assistant professor, teaches in the physical education teacher education, fitness and conditioning, and physical education masters programs.

Drost draws from his 15 years of experience as a physical education teacher for instruction and research. Regarding research, he is primarily interested in the impact teaching behaviors, such as feedback and motivation, have on student achievement, performance and motivation.  

He is primary author of the study, “Perceived Motivational Climate, Teacher Feedback, Perceived Competence, and Student Performance in Physical Education,” currently being reviewed by Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, which supports the investigation of the art and science of human movement.

In addition to his academic research, he has presented more than 60 refereed conference presentations at international, national, and regional conferences. His paper, “Teacher Feedback, Perceived Competence, and Student Skill Performance in Physical Education,” received the 2015 Distinguished Paper Award from the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, which gave him the opportunity to present his work at the American Educational Research Association in Chicago, Illinois. 

He also utilizes his extensive physical education expertise to develop professional development opportunities that help physical education teachers in Florida counties improve teaching performance. Though currently a board member at Tiger Point Sports Association in Gulf Breeze, he has also coached youth soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball at various recreation and parks sports leagues.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, and a master’s and doctorate degree from the University of West Florida, all specializing in physical education.