Tom Beggs, Ed.D.


Spartan Complex 102



Tom Beggs 


Professor Bio

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. 

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. 

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.



Ed.D., Organization and Leadership in Higher EducationUniversity of San Francisco 


M.A.C.C.T. Degree, San Jose Staté University, San José, CA

Bachelor of Arts Degree in American StudiesSan Jose Staté University, San José, CA


Expertise, Research & Teaching Interests

Tom's interests within the Kinesiology Department at SJSU remain in undergraduate courses including Stress Management and Human Motor Development. 


Courses Taught

Kinesiology 69 Stress Management


Selected Publications

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. 


Selected Presentations



Undergraduate/Graduate Student Research Supervision



Professional Affiliations



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