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Department of Kinesiology

Academic Year 2015-2016

Letter from the Department Chair…

Terry L. Rizzo

Professor and Chair, Kinesiology

Time to Move On and Say Farewell Spring 2016

I recently decided not to request an eighth department chair review and will therefore return to my true passion: teaching, scholarly activities and service activities. My return to faculty status will begin in September 2016.

It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Department of Kinesiology at CSUSB, our students and faculty and especially those students in our major. Together we have made the Department of Kinesiology a stronger organization that is well positioned on campus, in California, and in the United States. I am proud of our progress and ready to begin the next chapter of my academic life.

In September 1995 I began my first year as chair of the Department of Physical Education.

Past President, National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities

Emeriti Editor, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly

Past President California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance


was a volatile time in the department’s young history. The department had low enrollments in its only concentration (pedagogy), the General Education required courses were under consideration for elimination and the campus perception of the department was that of derision. We had much to do to earn the respect of our colleagues.

Over the last 21 years, we have significantly strengthened our academic profile on campus, in the state, the region and nationally. We achieved notoriety for effective teaching and mentoring our students, many of whom earned terminal degrees and now work in medicine, higher education, and have professional credentials in allied health fields. Our faculty members and students have presented scholarly work at the state, region, national and international levels. Similarly our faculty and students continually provide service to our local community, state agencies, regional and national organizations, and international organizations.

Since September 1995 we have:

• Changed the name of the department from Physical Education to Kinesiology; • Prepared a mission statement to match the new academic focus of the department;

• Created a three concentration program (e.g., pedagogy, exercise science, and allied health professions) to offer our students varied academic options. Our programs of study allow our students to focus on their own interests, and they discover our Kinesiology degree will allow them to pursue their professional dreams;

• Built teaching and research laboratories for Motor Behavior, Biomechanics, Human Performance, Pedagogy, and Hemodynamics;

• Created an Applied Learning Laboratory for students and faculty. The laboratory represents a facility where teaching shifts to focus responsibility of learning on learners. Learning is enriched when students do things and think about the things they are doing. This laboratory is a place where Kinesiology students are expected to do things other than simply watch, listen and take notes on subject matter content.

In this laboratory, faculty members can employ an array of instructional strategies as brief as a few minutes or for the entire class session; • Become a long-standing charter member of the American Kinesiology Association;

• A commitment to academic advising to ensure students are on track and meeting the goals they set out to achieve;

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