Thomas Fahey Is Named Outstanding Professor

Fahey April 17, 2006

The Faculty Recognition and Support Committee of California State University, Chico has named exercise physiologist Thomas Fahey Outstanding Professor for 2005-2006. Outstanding Professor is the premier award at the University, as it is given for both scholarship and outstanding teaching.

Fahey, a member of the Department of Kinesiology since 1984, has published extensively, is known internationally for his work in exercise physiology, receives top evaluations from his students and participates in the World Games as a discus thrower.

Fahey received his Ed.D. in 1972 from the University of California , Berkeley . His area of emphasis was exercise physiology with a minor in motor development and biomechanics. He grew up in San Francisco and received both his B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University .

His textbook, co-authored with George Brooks, "Exercise Physiology: Bioenergetics and Its Applications" (1984), is used in exercise physiology graduate education throughout the United States and worldwide. The fourth edition of the book was published in 2005.

Fahey's publications include 19 books, 38 refereed journal articles and more than 200 professional articles in journals and in popular magazines.

Known internationally, Fahey was a guest lecturer at the University of Puerto Rico in 2004. He has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and symposia on sports medicine, including the Estene Foundation Symposium in Spain and at the International Symposium on Sports Medicine in Poland . Fahey established an international exchange between CSU, Chico and the Institute of Sport in Warsaw , Poland , in 1994.

Scott Roberts, a former student and current colleague of Fahey's, credits Fahey with helping determine the course of his career through inspiration, guidance and example. "Dr. Fahey always takes time for his students, staying after class and talking with them for as long as they have questions," said Roberts. "He has a remarkable command of exercise science and sports medicine literature. I don't know of any other professor that is as effective at incorporating personal experience and practical and theoretical knowledge into the classroom setting."

Fahey has continued to participate as a discus thrower in the World Games, a competition divided into age groups that determines regional, national and world champions every four years. Between 1998 and 2004, Fahey won the national discus championship for his age group. In 2003, Fahey won the gold medal in the discus for the world championship. "Throughout his career, Dr. Fahey has trained with other elite athletes and has always been willing to share these experiences with current students," said William Colvin, professor emeritus and a colleague of Fahey's.

Added Roberts: "I know Tom Fahey has inspired hundreds of students and athletes to be the best at what they want to do in life, to always ask questions, to continue to want to learn and to always make sure they have fun in life."

The college is pleased to announce that nine students received Rawlins Merit Award Thursday September 15th 2005.  The Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlings Merit Awards are among the most prestigious awards granted to Chico State students. Students nominated by faculty must demonstrate scholarship, involvement in extracurricular activities, and outstanding professionally related academic accomplishments.  The college would like to congratulate Lisa Baker, Katina Barrera, Emily Bertain, Crystal Bowman, Brea Jones, Jessica Long, Motoko Miyao, Stephanie Teague, and Marijeanne York.

Two CME faculty received Professional Achievement Honors awards at the 10th annual Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Foundation Recognition Dinner January 25th, 2006.  Lisa Churchill from Professional Studies in Education was recognized for her outstanding work in securing grants to help teachers earn credentials in special education. Byron Wolfe from Communication Design was recognized for his outstanding achievements in digital photography.  Professional Achievement Honors are awarded to select faculty with outstanding scholarship and creative activity in the last three years.  One of four awards for Outstanding Project Directors also went to Allan Bee for his work in the Educational Talent Search, a program within Professional Studies in Education .

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