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Focus on full and part time faculty and staff. This time: Ms. Hei

di Peterson

Since I graduated from SDSU with my P.E degree I have often wondered at the "tool-kit" of skills, abilities, knowledge, and confidence I gained through my educational experiences. I was a typical student, with a twenty hour-a-week job and a twenty-hour-a-week Athletic Training Internship, so finding time to study was always a struggle. It became clear early on that P.E was no cake-walk, my studies encompassed a variety of sciences, history, sociology, psychology, and philosophy, not only in a theoretical manner but I had to learn to apply the con- cepts to real world, life and death situations. I found that com- ing to class with some preparation - actually reading the rec- ommended information as delineated on the course descrip- tion (green sheet) led to better understanding and an ability to successfully apply the information - and I learned more!

Our field has grown and expanded significantly in the past thir-

has served me well as in order to make ends meet, I have often encountered the question "Can you also..." teach an activity, coach a sport, run an event, operate a press confer- ence, serve as a research intern, write a policy and proce- dures manual, negotiate a contract, sell season tickets, raise money, promote, speak, - well, you name it and I seem to have been asked to do it! Because I had a solid foundation in anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, motor learning, peda- gogy, administration/management, exercise physiology, sports psychology, nutrition, and perhaps, most importantly, human nature, I have managed to not only survive but succeed!

I am proud to be a Physical Educator first and foremost, as well as a Certified Athletic Trainer, and I can think of no other area of study that encompasses so much variety in scope and skills and better prepares one for whatever the future may

ty years, and while I may not remember everything I learned, I do know how to find the information and comprehend it. This


Heidi J. Peterson

  • and Dr. Gong Chen:

Gong Chen graduated from Shenyang Physical Education Institute in 1976 and became an instructor there. He received his master’s degree from Beijing Physical Education University in 1981 and returned to Shenyang as a lecturer. He went to Cal Poly Pomona as a visiting professor 1985-1987, and became Dr. Chen in 1990 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He joined SJSU as an activity specialist in 1990.

Badminton is Chen’s favorite activity. He started the SJSU badminton club in 1995 with 20+ students and had 160+ mem- bers in fall 2006. The club won the Northern Collegiate cham- pionship in 1995-06 with a 8-0 record after defeating Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis. The club won the championship again in 1996-97 with a 7-0 record. The club’s achievement was commended by Former President Caret, former Provost Bain, and the Academic Senate. Chen also started badminton camps; in 1990 the invited coach was 9-time national champi- on Ben Lee and the 2002 camp featured world champion Dr. Ling-wei Li. These professionals brought new concepts, pro- fessional skills and instructional strategies to SJSU bad- minton. Chen has published two badminton books and a DVD, and co-organized many badminton tournaments including the annual spring and fall Bay Area Open, Northern California Championship, Northern California Collegiate Championships, and annual NCCAF (Northern California Chinese Athletic Federation) Open.

Self-defense is the area where Chen has spent most of his time for research, curriculum design, and promotion. His research included "A study on subjects taught in American nationwide university self-defense courses" and “Chances of survival dealing with different attacks in lab studies”. His cur- riculum design projects include “University Self-defense Curriculum” and “Self-defense in Public School”. The universi- ty curriculum was presented at the 1993 National Basic Instructional Program Conference, 1996 SW AAHPERD con- ference, and 2002 World Physical Education Conference. It was adopted by China’s leading Beijing University in 2002,

and many other universities in China in 2004 through the National University Self-Defense Instructor Training Project. The school self-defense curriculum was published in Strategies in 1999 and featured in several projects in China.

Chen invented a model self-defense curriculum--SmarTough Self-defense--for university self-defense courses. This new system was presented at the 1996 Southwest American Alliance Convention, and was commended as “the first cur- riculum which turns self-defense into a science”. Chen’s book, A new concept of self-defense, represents this invention, and one year later Self-defense and crime prevention was pub- lished in the Chinese language, the first systematic and com- prehensive self-defense book in China’s history. In June 2004, Chen published his third self-defense textbook, A compre- hensive guide to self-defense. This book included first-hand research results, and new theories and applications for diverse populations. Also in June 2004, Chen (co-authored with Professor Zhang at Beijing University) published another book Safety education and self-defense for nationwide univer- sity self-defense courses in China. Each new book has a DVD. Chen gave two widely televised speeches on self- defense on Chinese TV in 2004 and was invited as a top researcher and curriculum designer on self-defense to give a lecture to the Chinese nationwide physical education depart- ment chairs’ training program. Chen was a guest professor at Northwestern Polytechnic University, a top university in China in 2006, and was made an honorary professor at Shenyang Physical Education Institute in 1996.

Chen is also a taichi and table tennis instructor and practition- er. He has published two table tennis books and a taichi book. Chen published a creativity textbook in 1985 and translated (published) a creative thinking book in 1986. These works helped Chen’s creation in self-defense. Chen likes to play with ideas since he believes that although necessity is recognized as the mother of invention, the father is the playing.

Gong Chen

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