Health and Kinesiology

Wycliffe W. Njororai Simiyu, Ph.D.

Wycliffe W. Njororai Simiyu, Ph.D.

Title: Professor
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Building: HPC 2200A
Phone: 903.565.5530


  • Ph.D. 
(Physical Education and Sport), Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, 2001
  • Master of Education, Physical Education and Sport, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, 1992
  • Bachelor of Education (Arts: Teaching, Geography and Physical Education), University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1985
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Wycliffe W. Njororai Simiyu was born, raised and educated in Kenya. Kenya is on the Eastern side of the African Continent. He graduated with a Ph.D. from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya in 2001 specializing in Physical Education and Sport.  Prior to the Ph.D., he had graduated with a Bachelors and Masters in the same fields in 1985 and 1992 respectively from the same Institution. He taught at high school, community college and university levels in Kenya from 1985 to 2007, before transitioning to Wiley College, Texas, USA (2007-2012) and later at the University of Texas at Tyler since 2012.

He also served as Athletics Director (2001 to 2004) and Chair of the Department of Exercise, Recreation and Sport Science (2004 to 2007) at Kenyatta University. He served as the Lead Professor of Physical Education at Wiley College (2007 to 2012) and Interim Chair of the Department of Health and Kinesiology at UT at Tyler in spring 2013. He is an exemplary teacher. He has earned exemplary teaching and service awards in Kenya and in the US. He has published in peer review journals and presented at conferences widely on various aspects of the discipline of Kinesiology. Most importantly, he has mentored many students, both in East Africa and USA that have progressed to become outstanding scholars around the globe.

In his spare time, he enjoys running, watching competitive Athletics, writing and reading especially sports literature, leadership, motivation and Christian inspirational writings. He is married to Dr. Fletcher Njororai of UT at Tyler for the past 31 years. They have two daughters and a son, and three grandsons.  Interestingly, the first and last-born children are all Kinesiology majors!

He considers himself a dynamic, sensitive, experienced professional leader and student-centered educator. His ultimate goal is to facilitate students to discover their ultimate mission in life and to inspire them to aspire towards successful professional careers.


Courses Taught

  • KINE 3303 Motor Development
  • HECC 4353 Program Organization and Administration
  • ALHS 1300 Personal and Community Wellness
  • KINE 5305 Motor Development
  • PYED 4356 Topics in Motor Performance (Theory of Coaching)
  • PYED 5352 Topics in Instructional Style (Principles of Coaching)
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