Leadership

The department history here is drawn from excerpts from Dr. Shirley Reekie's historical narrative of SJSU and the Kinesiology Department, "From Bean Pods to Bod Pods." Click here to purchase and read about this corner of academic history.

Bean POds Book Cover

 

The Department of Kinesiology at SJSU has a long history of leadership and service including chairs, deans and academic senators and other university- and state-wide positions.


Principal Teachers/Directors/Chairs

Physical Culture/Training/Education

1862-1864 Mlle. Adele Parot

1864-1864 Prof. C. J. Robinson

1864-1869 Prof. Ebenezer Knowlton

1888-1896 Nannie C. Gilday

1901-1924 Alice Bassler (Director)

Women’s Physical Education

(to 1927 as a separate division only)

1924-1927 Laura Herron

1927-1936 Maud Knapp (Lombard)

1936-1957 Irene Palmer, PhD

1957-1970 June McCann, PhD

1970-1972 Betty Prange, PhD

1972-1977 Marie Liba , Ph.D.

Men’s Physical Education

(to 1927 as a separate division only)

1924-1927 Ernesto Knollin

1927-1940 Hovey McDonald

1940-1958 Glenn Hartranft

1958-1962 Charles Nagel, PhD

1962-1968 Walt McPherson

1970-1977 William Gustafson, Ph.D.

Human Performance

1977-1982 Mary Bowman, Ph.D.

1982-1986 Clair Jennett, Ph.D.

1986-1998 James Bryant, Ed.D.

1998-2000 Carol Christensen, PhD

Kinesiology

2000-2006 Greg Payne, PED

2006-2014 Shirley Reekie, Ph.D.

2015 - present Matt Masucci, Ph.D.



University Positions

Dr. Mary Bowman (Dean)

Dr. Cathy Buell (Director of Secondary Education)

Dr. Gong Chen (Center for International Sport and Human Performance)

Dr. Carol Christensen (Interim Dean)

Dr. Craig Cisar (Institutional Review Board)

Dr. Barbara Conry (Senator, Acting, then Interim Dean)

Dr. David Furst (Associate Dean)

Dr. Bill Gustafson (Dean, and Chair of Academic Senate)

Dr. Clair Jennett (Senator)

Dr. Jay Johnson (Senator)

Dr. Jim Kao (Senator)

Dr. Sonja Lilienthal (Athletics Board)

Dr. Nancy Megginson (University RTP)

Dr. Matt Masucci (BOGS)

Dr. Greg Payne (Associate Dean, and Senator)

Dr. Peggy Plato (BOGS)

Dr. Shirley Reekie (Executive Committee of Senate, University Planning Board)

Dr. Tamar Semerjian (Senator)

Dr. Bethany Shifflett (WASC, Chair of Academic Senate, Statewide Senator)

Dr. Emily Wughalter (Associate Director of First Year Experience/MUSE)


 

Distinguished Alumni

2011 - Len Kravitz, exercise physiologist and fitness leader

2010 - Ariko Iso, first female athletic trainer in the NFL

2009 - Peggy Plato, exercise physiology professor and mentor

2008 - Vic Convertino, senior research physiologist for U.S. Army Institute

2007 - Joan Sarlo, teacher and mentor at West Valley

2006 - Carol Christensen, exercise physiologist, professor, chair and dean

2005 - St. Saffold, NFL player, counselor, associate dean and ombudsman

2004 - Leta Walter, field hockey coach and professor

2003 - Gail Evans, professor, and dean at San Francisco State

2002 - Bill Walsh, 49ers and SJSU football coach

2001 - Julius Menendez, U.S. Olympic soccer and boxing coach, and professor

2000 - Lee Walton, U.S. Olympic water polo coach and professor

1999 - Gene Menges, athlete, coach, and professor

1998 - Gail Prentiss, dean in southern Califiornia

1997 - Alan Meersand, professional athlete agent

1996 - Dan Landers, sport psychologist and professor

1995 - Jack Capon, author on children’s movement; school administrator


 

Faculty Ameritus

coming soon!

 

The department history here is drawn from excerpts from Dr. Shirley Reekie's historical narrative of SJSU and the Kinesiology Department, "From Bean Pods to Bod Pods." Click here to purchase and read about this corner of academic history. Bean POds Book Cover

 

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