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John Kilbourne, Ph.D.

John Kilbourne

Office: 4435 Kindschi Hall of Science
Phone: (616) 331-8683
Email:  kilbourj@gvsu.edu



 Academic Background

  • 1994 - DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY; HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION & RECREATION, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH  43210.  "Building A Bridge Between Athletics and Academics (A performance based curriculum for college athletes),"   Cognate area is in Black Studies. 
  • 1986- MASTER OF ARTS; DANCE EDUCATION, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA  90024.  Dance and Its Application to Sport"
  • 1978- BACHELOR OF ARTS; CREATIVE DRAMA AND MOVEMENT FOR CHILDREN, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA  90840

 Courses Taught

  • MOV 101: Foundations of the Movement Sciences
  • LIB 100: Introduction to Liberal Studies
  • LIB 310: Creativity
  • HON 312: Games in the Circumpolar World
  • PED 200: Rhythms and Dance for the K-12 Educator
  • PED 179: Ballroom Dance

 Professional Contributions

  • Member Honors College Faculty
  • Member GVSU's Intercollegiate Athlete Advisory Board

 Current Projects

  • Consultant Documentary Film "La Sierra: JFK Challenge" 
  • Games in the Circumpolar World – Sabbatical Study in the Arctic of Norway, Winter 2011.
  • Activity Permissible Classrooms
  • Intercollegiate Athletic Reform
  • Creativity in Games, Sport, and Physical Activity

 Recent Publications

  • Kilbourne, J. "The Good Jobs Strategy", Chronicle of Higher Education. Nov. 29, 2015.
  • Kilbourne, J., Weber, L. & Kapitula, L.  “Impacting Student  Engagement by Creating Activity Permissible Classrooms:  Moving Education into the 21st Century.”  Under Review, Learning Environments Research.  Fall 2015.
  • Kilbourne, J. "Let's Pop the Bubble Surrounding Part-time Faculty." The Chronicle of Higher Education. October 11, 2013.
  • Kilbourne, J. "Moving Physical Education Beyond the Gymnasium: Activity Permissible Classrooms." p.e.links4u - http://www.pelinks4u.org/articles/kilbourne5_2013.htm. May 2013.
  • Kilbourne, J. "The Softer, Squashy American." p.e.links4u - http://www.pelinks4u.org/articles/kilbourne1_2013.htm. January 2013.
  • Kilbourne, J. "WE the New PE: Wellness Education the New Physical Education." p.e.links4u - http://www.pelinks4u.org/archives/0112.htm. January 2012.
  • Kilbourne, J. "Moving at the Speed of Academe." The Chronicle of Higher Education. October 8, 2012.
  • Kilbourne, J. "Having Faith in Physical Education." p.e.links4u - http://www.pelinks4u.org/articles/kilbourne10_2012.htm. October, 2012. 
  • Kilbourne, J. (2009). Running With Zoe: A Conversation on the Meaning of Play, Games, and Sport, Including: A Journey to the Canadian Arctic. Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse.
  • Kilbourne, J.  “In Search of the Meaning of Sami Games.”  Baiki:  The International Sami Journal Autumn, 2011.   
  • Kilbourne, J. “Sharpening the Mind Through Movement:  Using Exercise Balls in a University Lecture Class.” The Chronicle of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher EducationFebruary, 2009.
  • Anonymous.  “An Ugly Game.”  Chronicle Review.  December 12, 2008. 
  • Kilbourne, J.  “Teaching Social Studies Through Storytelling:  The Enduring Spirit of the Arctic.”  Social Education.  October, 2008. 


 Recent Conference Presentations

  • European College of Sport Science Conference, Using Traditional Arctic Games to Promote Peace and Sustainability in the North. Malmo, Sweden. June 26, 2015.
  • Grand Rapids Children's Museum Symposium on Play, Creating Playful Classrooms to Help Students Excel. Grand Rapids, Michigan. May 6, 2015.
  • To Focus on Learning, Movement and Communication Conference, "Moving Education into the 21st Century:  Creating Activity Permissible Classrooms to Help Students Excel," Middelfart, Denmark.  March 5, 2014.
  • University of Southern Denmark, "Moving Education into the 21st Century:  Creating Activity Permissible Classrooms to Help Students Excel," Odense, Denmark.  March 4, 2014.
  • Office Resources, Inc., Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky. Keynote Address - Education in the 21st Century: Creating Activity-Permissible Classrooms. October 15-16, 2013.
  • NBS Healthcare and Education Expo, Troy, Michigan. Keynote Address - Education in the 21st Century: Creating Activity-Permissible Classrooms to Help Students Excel. September 12, 2013.
  • Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark. Using Traditional Arctic Games to Promote Sustainability and Peace in the North. May 2, 2013.
  • Grand Rapids Children's Museum's Symposium on Play, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Organizer and Featured Presenter - Moving to the Essence of Play. March 1, 2013. 
  • International Polar Year Conference, Montreal Canada. Presenter - Appreciating Traditional and Local Knowledge: The Games od the Sami and Inuit. April 22-24, 2012.
  • College Sport Research Institute Conference, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Panelist - Meaningful Education for College Athletes. April 19-21, 2012.
  • Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic Workshop, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.  Monitoring  and Managing Local Knowledge as it Relates to Indigenous Arctic Games.  Nov. 15-17, 2011.
  • ISCC Maison des Sciences de la Communication, Paris, France.  Bridging Local and Scientific Knowledge in the Arctic  Workshop.  June 14-16, 2011. 
  • Institute for Arctic Studies, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.  Inuit and Sami Games.  April 7, 2011.
  • Hedmark University College, Elverum, Norway.  Indigenous People & Games & Sport: Experiences from Inuit of Canada and Sami of  Norway.  February 16, 2011.
  • College Sport Research Institute Conference, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  Panelist – Recruiting College Athletes  to Boost Enrollment, April 17, 2009

 Honors & Awards

  • Grand Valley State University Sustainability Champion Award, 2011. 
  • Grand Valley State University PEW Teaching Excellence Award, 2010. 
  • Grand Valley State University Sustainability Champion Award, 2009. 
  • Grand Valley State University Distinguished Professor of the Year, 2009. 
  • Grand Valley State University Student Senate “Last Lecture,” Fall 2008.
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools, “Honored for Outstanding Service,” Fall 2006.
  • Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, “Award for Academic Excellence,” 2004.
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “Citation for Outstanding Performance,” 2000. 
  • The Ohio State University, "1993 Graduate Associate Teaching Award."
  • The Ohio State University, "1993 Success Stories Multicultural Teaching Award."


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