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With a career in education that spans more than 35 years and includes positons in Georgia, Washington, and Colorado, James Conn has contributed to the growth and success of UCM students since 1991. He has retired as professor emeritus of physical education.
Conn joined the University after serving from 1986-1991 as associate professor of health, physical education and athletics at Valdosta State College, Valdosta, GA. At UCM, he became chair and professor of physical education. His leadership as chair included helping his department obtain National Association of Sport and Physical Education endorsement for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, in addition to establishing an advisement committee and implementing an assessment program which focuses on competencies for majors. He also supported or initiated activities such as the establishment of a wellness/fitness camp for elementary school children; established a mentor program for graduate assistants; revised the undergraduate curriculum; and rearranged the structure of the department as it pertained to undergraduate, graduate, and assessment coordinators.
He returned to the classroom full time in 1999. Over the years, Conn taught courses such as Sport in American Life, Principles of Motor Learning; Legal Liabilities in Fitness/Wellness; Risk Management for Sport and Fitness, Administration; Introduction to Research in Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science, and many more.
After growing up in Indiana, Conn went on to study at the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He also earned a master’s degree from Eastern Washington University, and a doctorate from Southern Illinois University.
He has a strong record of scholarly work, including book projects, publications in professional journals and invited presentations. Conn was recognized in 2002 as the Scholar of the Year for Missouri Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and dance.