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Dr. Tom Beggs, Adjunct Lecturer, in the Department of Kinesiology at San Jose State University, Full Time Instructor De Anza Community College, Adapted Physical Education. Dr. Beggs specializes in Older Adult fitness utilizing Adapted/Corrective Theories. His primary interests range from Cardiac Rehabilitation to Parkinsonian Exercise groups. His main core of classes involves Adapted Aquatics with large numbers of disabled students. He received an A.A. in Liberal Arts from De Anza College. He earned a B.S. and M.A.C.C.T. from San Jose State University. Dr. Beggs earned an Ed.D. from University of San Francisco in Organization and Leadership in Higher Education. Dr. Beggs found his calling when treating Disabled Vietnam Veterans. Tom worked at De Anza College as an assistant in the largest most successful Adapted Physical Education Program in the U.S. under the direction of Dr. Steven Sellitti. Upon Graduation from SJSU Dr. Beggs was asked to begin the first full-time APE Program for the College of San Mateo . After successful construction of this program Dr. Beggs obtained full tenure status at De Anza College in 1981. He has remained at De Anza ever since. During his tenure Tom has served in numerous positions within the Community College ranks. He has served as Department Head as well as Division Dean for Physical Education and Athletics. He served as SCOPE (State Community College Organization for Physical Education) President. He was the principal writer for CCC Physical Education Standards that were accepted throughout CCC's in the nineties. Dr. Beggs was a principal planner/researcher for developing accurate demographic information pertaining to De Anza College students. Dr. Beggs has worked diligently to advocate for disabled Adults. To date he has led over twenty five successful outdoor annual experiences for disabled adults.He has received awards from faculty peers, American Association of University Women, local business groups and student organizations. Recently Dr. Beggs earned the President's Award in 2001 and Distinguished Educator for Winter 2006 De Anza Community College. Tom's interests within the Kinesiology Department at SJSU remain in undergraduate courses including Stress Management and Human Motor Development. Currently Tom has coached at several levels in Santa Cruz within Youth and High School Sports ranging from girls softball to high school surf coach. Tom's hobbies include backpacking,bicycling and surfing with his family. His most memorable trip was the 1976 Bike-Centennial Bicycle trip across the U.S. He is married and lives in Santa Cruz CA with his wife Lili, daughter Emily and son J.T.
Dr. Butler received a B.S. degree from Culver-Stockton College , M.Ed. from Northwestern State University and Ed. D. from Texas A&M University . Stan's research interests are in the areas of fitness, equity and diversity in sport and physical activity, and youth education and development through sport and physical activity. Stan has taught courses in the graduate, undergraduate, general education and activity program at SJSU. His areas of specialization include teacher education, fitness, sport activities and African Americans in sport. Stan is currently served as the President of the African American Faculty and Staff Association of SJSU from 2000 through 2005. In 1994 he received a grant to conduct the first National Youth Sports Program at SJSU and has received continued funding over the past thirteen years to provide opportunities for over 3,000 youth from urban underserved communities to participate in educational, health and fitness and life skills development programs. In 1984 Stan was selected as a distinguished alumnus of his high school and was invited to deliver the graduation commencement address at Bowling Green High-School in Bowling Green , Missouri . One of Dr. Butler's proudest accomplishments is inspiring underrepresented and underserved children from urban communities to pursue education beyond secondary school through the NYSP Program at SJSU. Since joining the faculty at SJSU and over the past seventeen years, Stan has exceeded $1,000,000 in acquiring external funding to conduct programs aimed at providing educational enrichment and life skills development opportunities for diverse cultural and underserved youth in the urban setting.
Dr. Ted Butryn, received a B.S. degree in movement science and sport psychology from the University of Tennessee, M.A. in kinesiology (emphasis in societal studies and sport psychology) from San Jose State University, and Ph.D. in sport and cultural studies from the University of Tennessee. His research interests include the application of cyborg theory to sport, the intersection between critical sport sociology and applied sport psychology, the relationship between sport and popular cultural phenomenon such as mixed martial arts and pro wrestling, and issues related to sport, multiculturalism, and national identity. He is an active member of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), where he serves on the executive board, and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP), where he serves on the diversity committee. He has published articles in the Sociology of Sport Journal, the Journal of Sport & Social Issues, The Sport Psychologist, and the Journal of Sport Behavior, and received the 2004 NASSS award for outstanding research article. Dr. Butryn teaches graduate courses in sport sociology and research methods (qualitative), undergraduate courses in sport sociology and psychology of coaching, and several courses in General Education, including diversity, stress, and health, and stress management. Outside his academic interests, Ted was a member of the 1991 NCAA Championship track and field team at the University of Tennessee, and continues to be an advocate for social justice issues within and outside of the sporting realm.
Dr. Gong Chen received his Bachelor degree from Shenyang Physical Education Institute, Masters degree from Beijing Physical Education University, and his doctoral degree from the University of Arkansas , Fayetteville . He has served as assistant director of the KIN Center for International Sports and Human Performance, Honorary and Guest Professor of Shenyang Physical Education Institute and the Northwestern Polytechnic University in China. Gong received the SJSU Diversity Award, the SJSU Teacher Scholar Award, the Research on College Teaching and Learning Award from the SJSU Institute for Teaching and Learning, and Dr. G. Arthur Broten Young Scholar Award from the Western College Physical Education Society. His expertise is in pedagogy with specialized teaching and curriculum areas in self-defense, tai chi, badminton, and table tennis. His research focus is on self-defense curriculum design and development for different populations, self-defense instructional strategies, effectiveness and chances of survival of self-defense skills, and self-defense theories and practice. He has completed numerous presentations, workshops, TV speeches, and publications locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has written three books on self-defense in English and two in Chinese, one on tai chi, two on badminton and two on table tennis. He produced four DVDs on self-defense, tai chi, and badminton and has created two websites and has been funded on more than forty grants.
Dr. Chen invented the SmarTough self-defense education system recognized at the1993 National Basic Instructional Program convention and in the 1996 SW AAHPERD annual convention. He introduced this system to Beijing University in 2002, and several other universities in China through a 2002 nationwide university PE department chairs training project, a 2004 nationwide university self-defense instructor training project, a 2005 southeastern university instructor training project, and a 2006 northwestern university self-defense instructor training project. Dr. Chen has organized six annual summer camps, ten semester-long community classes, and seventeen badminton tournaments in Northern California.
Dr. Jessica Chin is an assistant professor in the department of Kinesiology at San José State University. She serves as the research and core specialist and is also the Graduate Plan B Project Coordinator. She earned her Ph.D. in Kinesiology at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, where she pursued her interests in physical activity, international studies, and socio-cultural explorations of the active body, focusing in particular on physical culture and the female body in postcommunist Romania. At the University of Maryland, Jessica was a Sally J. Phillips Dissertation Fellow and was also awarded a competitive language training grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), both of which opened many opportunities to conduct her research in Romania. Dr. Chin is an active member of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), serving on the Diversity and Conference Climate Committee as well as the Environmental Impact Committee. She regularly presents her work at NASSS and other national and international professional conferences. Since arriving at San José State University, Dr. Chin was awarded the Emerging Professional Award from the Western Society for Physical Education of College Women (WSPECW) for her excellence in teaching and professional contributions, and she has also served as an academic consultant to the Bay Area Physical Education-Health Program (Bay PE-HP). Jessica remains engaged in the local sporting community through her involvement with field hockey and girls' and women's lacrosse, and more recently, triathlons. She has played field hockey for over 20 years and was a member of the first varsity field hockey team at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Dr. Chin is passionate about physical activity and remains an advocate for underserved and underrepresented populations through her teaching, research, and community service.
Dr. Craig Cisar received a B.S. degree from the University of South Dakota in business administration, a M.P.E. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in exercise science, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in exercise physiology. Dr. Cisar is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and certified by ACSM as an Exercise Test Technologist. Dr. Cisar is also certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Specialist, D*, and a Certified Personal Trainer, D*. Dr. Cisar primarily teaches in the area of exercise physiology and other related exercise science courses. Dr. Cisar has numerous publications and presentations on topics related to various aspects of physical fitness, conditioning and training, limitations and determinants of sports performance, and physical activity and aging. Dr. Cisar is currently a member of the NSCA Personal Trainer Exam Development Committee.
Janet Clair received a M.A. in kinesiology with an adapted physical activity concentration from San Jose State University in 1999. She teaches lab/activity classes in support of core curriculum, adapted physical activity, and general education. In addition, Ms. Clair is a Metropolitan University Scholar's Experience (MUSE) professor. For the second semester, Janet continues as the department undergraduate advising manager.
Dr. John Costouros specializes in the arthroscopic and open treatment of complex shoulder and elbow disorders including sports injuries, degenerative conditions, fractures, and compressive neuropathies. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. He graduated with Honors from Stanford University in Biological Sciences followed by medical school and residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He completed fellowships with Drs. JP Warner and Christian Gerber at Harvard and the University of Zurich in shoulder and elbow arthroscopy, reconstruction, and sports medicine. He is currently Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Stanford University. He is President of the UCSF Leroy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society and the Northern California Orthopaedic Society. His research interests include the modulation of post-traumatic arthritis and cartilage injury, clinical outcomes assessment in shoulder replacement surgery, medical device development, and tissue engineering in the treatment of sports injuries of the shoulder.
Dr. KyungMo Han is the Director of the Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) in the Department of Kinesiology at San Jose State University. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). He received his B.A. degree from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, M.A. degree from New York University, and Ph.D. degree from Brigham Young University in Corrective Physical Education and Rehabilitation. Dr. Han is a Board of Certification (BOC) Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and also holds a certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Prior to his current position, Dr. Han was the ATEP Director at CSU Dominguez Hills and an adjunct faculty member of ATEP at Brigham Young University. He also worked as an athletic trainer at CSU Dominguez Hills and Provo High School. Dr. Han served as a member of the Medical Service Team for the Korean National Short Track Speed Skating Team for the 1999 and 2000 World Cup Games. Also, he served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the 2002 Korean National Judo Team, 14th Asian Games. Currently, Dr. Han is the Chair of the Sports Rehabilitation Education Council and Sports Rehabilitation Board of Certification of the Korean Association of Certified Exercise Professionals (KACEP) in Seoul, Korea. He also served as a Board of Certification (BOC) examiner and serves as an executive editorial board member for the International Journal of Human Movement Science. Dr. Han's research interests are lower extremity injury and rehabilitation, and lower extremity biomechanics.
Dr. Jim Kao is a specialist in Biomechanics and Motor Behavior. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University , a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University , a Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University , and a Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise Science from Arizona State University . His areas of research include (1) the study of sensory mechanisms used by the human motor control system to select the preferred type of locomotion at varying speeds and (2) the study of kinematic and kinetic variables that distinguish different performance levels (novice, intermediate, expert, elite) of sport-related movements (e.g., golf, tennis, gymnastics, etc.). Dr. Kao teaches undergraduate course in biomechanics, motor development, motor control, and motor learning in the Department of Kinesiology and in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2005, he received the Gold Award for the College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) at San Jose State University as the outstanding graduate of the last decade from the college. Dr. Kao is actively involved with implementing K-12 physical education standards in the State of California . He has conducted workshops for physical education teachers on methods of teaching biomechanical concepts to children and adolescents in the California Public School System. Dr. Kao enjoys playing golf, running, and cycling. In June 2005, he completed his first marathon, the Nisene-Marks marathon in Santa Cruz, California.
Dr. Sonja Lilienthal has always been passionate about promoting sport. Her first committee position (at age 10) was the media and PR director for the local swimming club. Since then she has held numerous volunteer positions in amateur and collegiate sporting organizations in Australia and in the USA . Dr. Lilienthal has taught sport management at the University of Canberra ( Australia ) and at the Hong Kong Sports Institute and has many practical experiences in sport management. She has worked in venue management at Penn State , Ohio State, at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and most recently worked at the 2004 US Olympic Trials for Rhythmic Gymnastics as the Volunteer Coordinator. Sonja is the author of a book entitled “Newtown Tarts: A History of the Sydney University Women's Sports Association” detailing the unique beginnings of women's collegiate sport in Australia and in particular, The University of Sydney ( Australia 's oldest university). Dr. Lilienthal spends any free time exploring Northern California with her trusty canine companion on the look out for the next In-N-Out Burger! She has lived throughout the world, returning to San Jose State following a one year stint as a “Gator” at the University of Florida . A fan of many sports, overseas travel, and Study Abroad Programs, she directs the Sports Management programs within the Department of Kinesiology. Dr. Lilienthal currently serves on the following national boards:
- National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Sport Management Council (SMC) Ð Executive Committee
- National Association for Girls & Women in Sport (NAGWS): VP Marketing
- North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM): Executive Committee.
Dr. Matthew Masucci received a B.A. in philosophy and psychology, from Salisbury University, an M.A. in philosophy from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in social/cultural foundations of sport and cultural studies at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Masucci is currently an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at San José State University. As the department's interdisciplinary specialist in sport studies, he teaches a wide array of courses ranging from physical activity classes, to undergraduate major and general education classes, to graduate research methods and analysis of research courses. In general, Dr. Masucci's research is interdisciplinary and involves the intersection of cultural studies, critical sport studies, philosophy, psychology and sociology. Primarily his work is qualitative and has centered on the intersection of sporting narratives and the implications on both identity and moral choice making. In the realm of sport studies, he is engaged in a critical, historical and political analysis of the controversial sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting. Toward that end, and in collaboration with Dr. Ted Butryn, Masucci is wrapping up a grant-supported qualitative investigation that explores the motivational and coping strategies of professional MMA competitors. In addition, Masucci, along with Dr. Jay Johnson and Dr. Ted Butryn, are collecting focus-group and interview data for a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) funded research project that explores the sources of knowledge of doping substances and techniques for elite-level American and Canadian female triathletes. Matthew's longtime interest in bicycle racing has led to international presentations and published research as well as a project exploring the meaning a local cycling community makes of the tragic loss of one of their member. Additionally, Dr. Masucci has researched and published in the area of service learning and, along with Dr. Adam Renner, has developed a service learning model called critical service learning. Matthew is an active participant in several professional organizations including the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), serves as the co-director of the Department of Kinesiology Qualitative Research Laboratory and is an assistant editor of the Journal of Sport, Physical Activity, Body and the Environment (JSPABE). In his free time, Matthew enjoys cycling, camping, hiking, and reading.
Chris May received his formal education within the public schools of Oakland and San Jose, Ca. After attending Junior College, he graduated from the University of Utah in 1990 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in Fitness Leadership. After working in the fitness industry he returned to education and earned a Master of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from San Jose State University in 1995. He also coached track and field from 1995-2000. Athletically, Chris participated in age group soccer and baseball until the age of fifteen. He then focused on surfing, skiing, sailing, and skateboarding both street and half-pipe. At DeAnza Junior College he was a javelin thrower on the track and field team and at the University of Utah was part of six intramural championship teams in football and softball. Also in Utah , Chris participated in several mountain bike races earning tenth in his age group his first race. Chris has also participated in numerous 10k races and the Santa Cruz Rough Water Classic. Currently, Chris enjoys sailing, surfing, traveling and working on old German cars.
Dr. Nancy Megginson received her bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Illinois. She earned her Ph.D. in Adapted and Developmental Physical Education in 1982 from Texas Woman's University with Dr. Claudine Sherrill as her advisor. Her primary adapted physical activity research interests are in the areas of disability sport and transitional physical activity programming from school to community. She has made over 45 state, national, and international presentations since arriving at SJSU. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Megginson has co-sponsored over 50 local, regional, or national training/competitions for various disability sport organizations or national governing bodies. Specifically, she co-sponsors, in conjunction with service learning in her APA courses and the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, the annual Bill Duncan Wheelchair Basketball Tournament every December at SJSU. In addition, she, in conjunction with KIN 159 “Sport and Adapting Activity”, sponsors the annual “Abilities Expo”, a disability sporting event each fall. This spring, Dr. Megginson is co-sponsoring (with the City of San Jose) the National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, March 11-13, 2005 at SJSU. Dr. Megginson has served as Project Coordinator for two BEH/OSER grants addressing professional preparation and special projects in adapted physical activity prior to SJSU. From 1996-2002, Dr. Megginson served on the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID) APENS (Adapted Physical Education National Standards) Executive Administrative Board, and was one of six members in charge of the operation/advertisement/recruitment/administration of the National APE Certification Examination. She has also served as Vice-President and PE Representative for the NCPERID since at SJSU. Dr. Megginson has been Co-Program Directors for two National Conferences on Physical Activity for the Exceptional Individual sponsored by the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. She was a member of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance State Council on Adapted Physical Education 1997-2000. She is an active member of the International Federation for Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA) and National Federation for Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA). She has a guest reviewer for the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly . Dr. Megginson has been an advisory board member for the Wheelchair Sports/USA regional program, Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association since 1993. She also has been a member of the Outreach Advisory Committee for the City of San Jose Office of Therapeutic Services since 1999. In this capacity, Dr Megginson has worked with the SJSU Department of Kinesiology (along with former Chair Payne) and College of Applied Sciences in the feasibility studies of a joint university facility with the City of San Jose. Dr. Megginson has served on all levels of committees within the university, and currently serves in the capacity of Late-Add Representative to the University. In addition to her primary teaching responsibilities in APA at SJSU, she served as Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Kinesiology from 2000-2003. Finally, Dr. Megginson was responsible for the program review/evaluation submission to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for its 2001 approval of the APE credentialing program at SJSU.
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Dr. Greg Payne, Currently serving as a Special Assistant to the Dean in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San Jose State University, Greg is also a Professor and former Chair (2000-2006) in the Department of Kinesiology With an academic specialization in human motor development, his interests range from aging and physical activity to children's health and fitness. He received a BS from Western Illinois University and was presented that institution's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995. He earned an MA from the University of Iowa and PED from Indiana University. After college, Greg lived and worked in Venezuela for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He has since produced over 150 publications including sixteen editions of five books. Greg is an elected Fellow in the prestigious Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE), generally regarded to be the top tier of leaders/scholars in Kinesiology. He is a co-author of The Equation: A Proven Lifestyle and Fitness Plan by St. Martin's Press and recently released Human Motor Development: A Lifespan Approach (2008, 7 thedition), a leading selling textbook that has been used in hundreds of universities throughout the world. Most recently, he wrote and edited a text that was a joint effort of American and Chinese scholars. It will be the first motor development book in China. He was the first Distinguished Honorary Professor of the Shenyang Sport University in China and received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the Southwest District AAHPERD Scholar Award, the AAHPERD Honor Award, and the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport Research Writing Award. Greg is a former President of the 22,000 member National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE); former Chair of the National Motor Development Academy of AAHPERD, and former President of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD). He was presented CAHPERD's Verne Landreth Award, exemplifying the highest achievement in service, research, teaching, and administration, and was the 2004 SJSU Nominee for the California State University Wang Award for extraordinary commitment and dedication, distinction by exemplary contributions, and achievement in the academic discipline. He is a Fellow of the Research Consortium of AAHPERD, has chaired two editorial boards and has reviewed for numerous refereed journals.
Dr. Peggy Plato received a B.S. degree and Single Subject Teaching Credential from SJSU (1976), M.S. from the University of Arizona (1981), and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (1990). All degrees are in physical education, with a specialization in exercise physiology. She completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the School of Medicine at Stanford University , conducting studies on diabetes and hypertension. Research interests include cardiovascular physiology, metabolism, diabetes, and psychophysiological studies focusing on the mind-body connection. Peggy started teaching at SJSU as a part-time lecturer in 1976. She subsequently served as a full-time general education/activity specialist and as an exercise physiology specialist. Awarded tenure in 2005, Peggy has taught a wide variety of courses in the undergraduate, graduate, general education, and activity programs. She served as the department's advising manager for five years and is currently the general education coordinator. Peggy was one of two faculty members to participate in a university project to provide mediated instruction via cable television. Her stress management course is currently televised for community access. She served as the associate director of the Physical Performance Institute for three years, a partnership between the Kinesiology Department and Community Hospital of Los Gatos. Peggy continues to direct the Sport and Fitness Evaluation Program at SJSU, which offers fitness assessments (max VO 2 , body composition, lactate threshold) to fitness enthusiasts, recreational and professional athletes. She is a certified Exercise Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine, and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate exercise physiology courses. Peggy received the Arthur Broten Young Scholar Award in 1997, presented by the Western College Physical Education Society, and was the first recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award (presented by students in the Kinesiology Department, 2000) and the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Outstanding Teaching Award (2001-2002).
Dr. Shirley Reekie earned her undergraduate degree from I. M. Marsh College of Physical Education and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, an M.A. from the University of Leeds, and her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Her areas of academic specialization include history of sport and physical education and international/ comparative sport and physical education. In 1986 Dr. Reekie published a text on sailing, and was elected to the board of the International Society for Physical Education and Sport (ISCPES), serving as President from 1996 to 2000. She has made presentations in Kuwait, the People's Republic of China, Kenya, and the UK. She received the C. Lynn Vendien Scholarship of ISCPES, and the Arthur Broten Young Scholar Award from the Western College Physical Education Society. Her research focus has revolved around the history of the Olympic Games, the history of women's sports, and sport in other countries. She has been a reviewer for Choice magazine for several years and has had articles published in JOPERD, ICHPERSD, NAPEHE Chronicle, and JISCPES, among others. She has taught in all programs of the Kinesiology Department including classes in Sailing, Kayaking, Sport in America, History of Sport and Physical Education, Writing Workshop, Senior Seminar, Research Methods, Analysis of Research, Historical Interpretations of Human Performance, and International Physical Education and Sport. Shirley is a competitive masters rower and won gold medals at World Masters Rowing Regattas in Belgium and Montreal. She was President of Los Gatos Rowing Club, a club for high school and masters age athletes from 2002-2004. She has served on the Academic Senate and in 2005-6 on the campus-wide Goals Advisory Committee. She became chair of the department in 2006.
Dr. Tamar Z. Semerjian received her B.A. degrees in Human Biodynamics and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sport psychology from the department of Health, Leisure, and Sport Studies from the University of Iowa. Dr. Semerjian is currently an associate professor of sport psychology in the Department of Kinesiology at San José State University. She teaches several course in the department including undergraduate courses in sport psychology, sport sociology, stress management, diversity stress and health, and graduate courses in sport psychology and research methods. Dr. Semerjian's research has included work with older adults, individuals with spinal cord injury, and transgender athletes. Generally, her research interests focus on exploring the experiences of marginalized groups in exercise through the lens of both cultural studies and sport psychology. In particular she has been interested in the effect of exercise on older adults' self-perceptions, and the influence of their exercise experience on long-term participation. Because of her belief in the importance of praxis, she has been active in the aging community, implementing exercise programs that are affordable and accessible to diverse populations of older adults. She is currently completing work on a five-year project investigating the impact of exercise on motivation, quality of life, and body satisfaction among individuals with spinal cord injury. Her published work has appeared in Spinal Cord, The Sport Psychologist, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, and Women's Sport and Physical Activity Journal.
Dr. Bethany Shifflett earned a Bachelor's degree in physical education at Southern Connecticut State University, a Master's degree from the University of Iowa, and earned her PhD in Measurement and Evaluation in 1983 from the University of Iowa. She began teaching in the Kinesiology Department in the fall of 1987. Her academic area of interest and research has been assessment with a focus on reliability. The activity area she teaches is ballroom dance. In addition, she has been the faculty advisor to SJSU's ballroom dance club. The focus of her service endeavors has been on academic policy development at San Jose State University and within the California State University system. She served on the campus academic senate from 1989 - 2003 (chair 95-96) and represented SJSU on the statewide academic senate from 1997 - 2003. In the spring of 2002 Dr. Shifflett was the first recipient of the College of Applied Sciences & Art Distinguished Service Award and in 2004 received SJSU's Outstanding Service Award. From 2003 - 2007 she served as the Accreditation Review Coordinator for SJSU as the University sought re-accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Carol Sullivan received a B.S. degree from Hampton University and a M.S. degree from Springfield College in Physical Education. Her specialization is teaching in the activity program. She has taught a variety of fitness classes and various sport activity classes over the many years. She has developed three fitness courses now offered in the activity program. Carol has been a presenter numerous times at local, state, and national professional conferences, Western Society for Physical Education of College Women, California Physical Education Workshop at Cal Poly, SLO, in-service programs, sorority organization, school groups, and community groups. Carol has presented in the areas of fitness, aerobics, step aerobics and fitness walking. Her participants at the various sessions were professional physical education teachers from the elementary school, middle school, high school, to college level. Other participants at the various sessions were students and individuals of the community. She is the creator and coordinator of the San Jose State/Kinesiology Annual Aerobicthon with the purpose of promoting a healthy lifestyle for the campus community and the San Jose community. Carol was the recipient of the James Echols Award for outstanding contribution to the Bay District CAHPERD professional organization. Carol coordinated a group of women of the Links, Inc, organization to be physically active and log their number of steps/miles. Out of 275 Links chapters across the U.S. , Carol and her chapter group received the National Award for the LINKS, INC. “Millionaire Challenge” where this group of women walked the greater number of miles over eight months, emphasizing a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Daniel Weng was a two time national champion *1969, 70) of Shuai-chiao in the Republic of China ( Taiwan ) and a Gold Medalist at the 1984 International Shuai-chiao Invitational Tournament in Austin , Texas . Dr. Weng won a Gold Medal in Tai-chi-chuan (1994) at the International Kung Fu Tournament held in Vermont . He was awarded by the legendary Grand Master of Shuai-chiao ,Chang Tung-sheng a 3 rd Teng or 7th Degree Black Belt in Shuai-chiao in 1984. C urrently he is the President of Pan-American Shuai-chiao Federation ( San Paulo , Brazil ), President of World Cardio Tai-chi Association ( www.cardiotaichi.org) , also the first certified Wushu Judge by IWF (International Wushu Federation) in North and South America . He served on the Committee of Arbitrators for the 2 nd World Wushu Championships held in Kuala Lumpur 1993, and on the Selection and Training Committee for Chinese Taipei Wushu Team competing in 11 th Asian Olympic Games, Beijing 1990. Dr. Weng assisted his teacher, Grandmaster Ch'ang Tung-sheng, at the Central Police College R.O.C. in the 1970's and helped establish the current Shuai-chiao ranking system. His work also includes three textbooks (with DVDs) which have been adopted by universities in Taiwan and the United States : 1) Fundamentals of Shuai-chiao ; 2) Ch'ang style T'ai-chi chuan: Modified Short Form , and 3) The Official Cardio Tai-chi Textbook . Dr. Weng has also helped design a videotape series on the United States Shuai-chiao Association Belt Ranking Requirements. Dr. Weng travels the world teaching Shuai-chiao, Tai-chi, Cardio Tai-chi, Sanshou, and certifying instructors and judges for these disciplines. He was invited to speak at 1988 Olympic Scientific Congress on “Taoist Principles and Tai-chi-chuan.” Dr. Weng gave a presentation and a work-shop on ”Tai Chi: Exercise for Multiple Uses” and “Cardio Tai-chi for Self Defense” at the AAHPERD National Convention 2004 in New Orleans , and 2005 in Chicago .
Dr. Susan Wilkinson received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Findlay where she majored in health, physical education and recreation, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in exercise physiology from Miami University, in Oxford Ohio, and her PhD from The Ohio State University in Teacher Education. Her areas of specialization included sport pedagogy and applied behavior analysis. In the Fall of 2005, Susan was appointed by the University of California Office of the president to serve in the role of the Executive Director of the California Physical Education-Health Project, one of nine subject specific California Subject Matter Projects in the state that provide professional development to teachers in the academic disciplines offered in the K-12 schools. Dr. Wilkinson coordinates professional development for physical education and health education teachers throughout the state and offers programs to teachers in standards-based instruction. Her work with the California Physical Education-Health Project has provided nearly $2 million dollars of grant funded programs at SJSU. In 2000, Susan was the third woman inducted into the University of Findlay Athletic Hall of Fame. In recognition of her scholarly achievements Dr. Wilkinson was selected as a Research Fellow of the Research Consortium of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and in 2005 was one of nine SJSU faculty awarded the San Jose State University's prestigious Teacher Scholar Award for outstanding effectiveness in teaching. Her current research interests include Teacher Professional Development, Constructivist Pedagogy, Standards-based instruction, and Digital Technology.