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Terry Rizzo

Terry Rizzo
Professor, Principal Investigator


Office Phone(909) 537-7229
Office LocationPS-226A
Principal Investigator
UEC - Miscellaneous Projects & Grants
Office Phone(909) 537-7229
Office LocationPS-226A


Terry L. Rizzo is the editor of the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (APAQ). This journal is an international, multidisciplinary journal, designed to stimulate and communicate scholarly inquiry related to physical activity, which includes sport. APAQ is considered the best international journal in the field. It is the official journal of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity; this multidisciplinary journal provides the latest scholarly inquiry related to physical activity for special populations. In addition to journal responsibilities Terry serves as Past President of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) Board of the Directors, and a Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB).

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Terry earned his Ph.D. in 1983 from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, before moving to California to continue his research in Adapted Physical Education. His Master's degree is from the University of Arizona, and bachelor's degree is from Northeastern Illinois University. Terry is serving his 15th year as Chair of CSUSB's Department of Kinesiology. As a professor and Chair Dr. Rizzo has served on many university committees related to the administration and operation of the university.

Terry also served in many leadership roles including, but not limited to, Chair, 28th National Conference for Physical Activity for the Exceptional Individual; Chair, Adapted Physical Education Section of the Southwest District (SWD) of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), 1995-1997; Chair, Special Populations, Research Consortium, AAHPERD, 1994&1998; Evaluation and Review Committee NCPERID 1993-1997; and Secretary, Adapted Physical Activity Council, ARAPCS - AAHPERD 1993-1995, among many others.

Terry has earned many professional awards and honors throughout the years for his scholarly endeavors, including: 'Outstanding Professor Award' (for excellence in teaching, research and service) at CSUSB, 'Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching' at CSUSB; G. Lawrence Rarrick Research Award- National Consortium for Individuals with Disabilities, and Faculty Mentor for three McNair Scholars at California State University, San Bernardino; 'Project Inspiration Award,' from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE); and 'Founding Fellow,' Teaching Academy at California State University, San Bernardino; inducted to 'Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society,' California State University, San Bernardino; inducted into 'Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society,' University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL; recipient of the 'Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award,' School of Natural Sciences, California State University, San Bernardino; Awarded 'Fellow' status to the Research Consortium of AAHPERD; 'Young Scholar Award,' Western College Physical Education Society; 'Faculty Appreciation Award,' Student Athletes in the Department of Athletics at California State University, San Bernardino, Spring 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2001; Recipient of the Dr. Fred Keller's Award for Outstanding Faculty Advocacy for Students with Disabilities, California State University, San Bernardino; and others.

A prolific and frequent speaker, Terry most notable presentations and appearances include: Keynote Speaker at the Asian Society of Adapted Physical Adapted Physical Activity, Seoul, Korea, 2008; Keynote Speaker at the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA), Indianapolis, Indiana, September 2008; and the keynote presentation on 'Issues in Assessment,' at the National Conference on Physical Activity for the Exceptional Individual, Los Angeles, CA., November 2001.

However, Terry is most proud of acting as Faculty Mentor to the following student leaders and graduates of the 'McNair Scholars Program,' at California State University, San Bernardino; - to prepare students from under-represented groups for advanced academic preparation : Mr. Kendrick Davis, Mr. Manuel Silva, and Mr. David Tobar. Terry is also proud of developing the 'Physical Educators' 'Intention toward Teaching Individuals with Disabilities' (PEITID) Survey'. When individuals are interested in assessing beliefs, attitudes, or intentions about teaching students with disabilities, the PEITID is the most widely-used survey tool in the world.

Terry's professional mission and goals are to use passion and commitment to promote programs associated with health, physical activity, recreation and dance for all individuals across the lifespan. His intention is to promote professional growth and research dedicated to advancing the body of knowledge associated with Kinesiology; and use leadership skills to foster and maintain relationships among professional, public and government organizations, so as to improve health, physical activity, recreation, dance and other movement-related activities for all people across the life span.

When not working, Terry enjoys jazz and blues music, reading, swimming, fitness exercising, watching for shooting stars, wine-tasting and visiting with friends throughout the country and world.

Board of Directors, American Kinesiology Association January 2012 – presentEditor, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly January 2007 – presentPast President, Board of Directors, California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (CAHPERD) 2009 – 2010Professor & Chair, Department of Kinesiology, California State University, San Bernardino 1995 – presentPress Release - Terry Rizzo named to the Board of Directors of the American Kinesiology Association


Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Spring 1983. Specialization: Adapted Physical Education

M.Ed. University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, Summer 1974. Specialization: Physical Education and Secondary Education

B.A. Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois, Spring 1973. Majors: Physical Education, Elementary Education, and Social Science