Dr. John Kilbourne

Moving All Ways, Always Moving

John R. Kilbourne, Ph.D.

John Kilbourne

Dr. Kilbourne has devoted nearly all of his adult life to helping individuals and communities understand the deeper meanings of play, games, sport, and dance. His Bachelors degree is in Creative Drama & Movement from California State University Long Beach. His Masters Degree is from the University of California at Los Angeles in Dance Education with an emphasis in Dance & Sport. While at UCLA he served as Graduate Assistant (Dance/Basketball Conditioning) to then Headcoach Larry Brown. His Ph.D. is from The Ohio State University where he continued his work in exploring the relationships between sport and performance. His dissertation is titled, Building A Bridge Between Athletics and Academics.

In 1982 John became the first full-time Conditioning Coach in the National Basketball Association with the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers. He helped them in the pursuit of their 1983 World Championship.

In addition to his work in basketball, John has extensive experience in figure skating both in the United States and Canada. He and his wife Elizabeth were fortunate to attend the 1994, 1998, 2006, and 2010 Winter Olympics. John is a former member of The Margalit Dance Theatre, The Detroit Dance Collective, and presently Co-Directs with his wife Elizabeth, The Blau Rhino Dance Ensemble. For ten years John served as a Professor in the Department of Movement Arts at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.

In 2004 he accepted a position in the Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. John has won numerous awards including, GVSU’s 2010 PEW Excellence in Teaching Award, GVSU’s 2009 Distinguished Professor of the Year, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Citation of Outstanding Performance, The 2004 Bridgewater State College Award for Academic Excellence, The 2000 Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Honor Award, The Ohio State University 1993 Graduate Associate Teaching Award, The 1993 National Dance Association Presidential Citation, and The Ohio State University 1993 Success Stories Multicultural Teaching Award.

Presently Dr. Kilbourne is leading two innovative performance projects at GVSU. The first is called S P A R K L E – Spinning Physical & Renewable Kinetic Living Energy. The goal of SPARKLE is to create a new generation of global residents (Sparklers) who understand the importance of conservation, and health/fitness. The second is his creation of Activity Permissible classrooms. Students in his theory classes are free to sit on stability balls, stand at fixed-height desks, sit in a Steelcase Node Chair/Desk, or a Steelcase buoy chair. Dr. Kilbourne’s research has been cited in over one hundred newspapers, journals, and on local and national news, including National Public Radio. Dr. Kilbourne is a productive scholar with numerous articles and one book. The title of his book is, "Running With Zoe: A Conversation on the Meaning of Play, Games and Sport; Including A Journey to the Canadian Arctic." He is a frequent guest speaker both in North America and abroad. His current research interest is on the games of Arctic People. During the fall of 2001 he and his family moved to the Canadian Arctic where they experienced the life-world of Canada’s Inuit. In the winter of 2011 he and his family traveled to Norway to research and practice the games of the Sámi. He and his wife Elizabeth are the proud parents of their greatest productions ever, their children Zoe (24 years) and Parker (18 years).


Running With Zoe

Running With Zoe

Running With Zoe: A Conversation on the Meaning of Play, Games, and Sport
Including: A Journey to the Canadian Arctic
By: John Kilbourne, Ph.D.

Running With Zoé shares Dr. Kilbourne’s personal journey to understand the deeper meanings of the games we play. The journey includes Dr. Kilbourne’s creative and pioneering efforts in dance conditioning with the U.C.L.A.’s men’s basketball team under head coach Larry Brown, his tenure as the first full-time conditioning coach in the National Basketball Association for the 1982-84 Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers (1983 World Champions), his work with Olympic level figure skaters in the United States and Canada, his discoveries in the academic arena about play, dance, games, and sport, and his journey to the Canadian Arctic where he examined the importance of traditional Inuit games.

Dr. John Ratey author of SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain said of Dr. Kilbourne’s writings, “Your book touched me deeply and made me think that someone who got Moses and Julius to dance together must have had such a strong self-awareness and trust in your mission.” Of John’s work with basketball players Larry Brown said, “He’s the best in what he does. The kids love him and have a lot of respect for his knowledge.”

Available: Your local bookseller or preferred on-line retailer
ISBN: 978-1-4490-0845-1 Hardcopy
ISBN: 978-1-4490-0846-8 E-Book



Fun Night at

Spinning Physical & Renewable Kinetic Living Energy


A healthy citizenry and innovative renewable energy are critical to the present and future of the United States. With America’s well documented health crisis and concerns about energy, any efforts that promote fitness and health while at the same time producing renewable energy are advantageous.

S P A R K L E is using human motion on an exercise bicycle to enhance health and fitness while at the same time producing usable electric energy.

The goal of S P A R K L E is to teach young people about the importance of fitness and health, and renewable energy.

Enhancing Fitness and Health

The overweight and obesity crisis in America is well documented. It affects both the health of our citizenry and our economy. The number of Americans who are obese has increased sharply in the last decade. Sadly, the above is also true for children. Nationwide obesity rates among children have risen fifty percent in the past ten years. If present trends remain constant our children will be the first in history to have shorter life expectancies than their parents. Overweight and obesity cost the United States one hundred billion dollars ($100B) per year in health care expenses and lost productivity. The prescription to improve the aforementioned crisis is simple and straightforward. People of all ages must make physical exercise part of their everyday activity.

Renewable Energy

The development of renewable sources of energy will be critical to our future as we move forward in the new millennium. S P A R K L E, i.e., generating usable electric energy using exercise bicycles is a simple, cheap, and convenient source of energy for now and the future. The electricity produced can be applied to a large variety of everyday tasks, besides transportation. Tools and appliances such as computers, cell phones, I-Pods, and batteries can all be powered or charged using human energy.

Project Plan

The goal of S P A R K L E is to educate young people on the importance of Fitness/Health and Renewable Energy. The project activities are ongoing and include the development of bicycle generators and storage batteries for use in homes, classrooms, and offices. The project includes an educational PowerPoint presentation and demonstration with a S P A R K L E bicycle generator that shares with young people the importance of both fitness and health, and renewable energy.

Adequacy of Resources

Grand Valley State University is well situated to establish a visible and cost effective program where individuals and communities can, with S P A R K L E, create usable energy while at the same time enhancing fitness and health. The S P A R K L E project is being lead by Dr. John Kilbourne, Professor in the Department of Movement Science, GVSU’s academic center for research and application of innovative techniques to promote health and wellness. Creativity and innovation have been at the core of Dr. Kilbourne’s academic and professional life.


Metabo Towel


Concerned about the rising rates of obesity and increasing health care costs in Japan, the government passed a law that requires local governments and companies to measure the waistlines of Japanese residents between the ages of 40 and 74 (56 million waistlines, 44% of the population of Japan). Those exceeding the government limits (Established by the Japanese International Diabetes Foundation), 33.5 inches for men and 35.4 inches for women, will be given diet and exercise advice. If, after three months of intervention residents fail to lose weight, they will be steered toward further re-education programs. Local governments and companies who fail to meet specific targets will be subject to financial penalties. The Japanese call their program Metabo which does not carry the negative image of obesity (Onishi, N., "NY Times," 6.13.2008).

As part of an intervention program to help curb the rising rates of overweight and obesity in the United States, Dr. John Kilbourne, Professor of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, has created the METABO TOWEL. The METABO TOWEL provides a simple and effective means to measure the waistline after each shower or bath. Each towel has a tape measure attached. Waist circumference is measured at one inch above the navel. According to the American Diabetes Association if your waist is the same or bigger than the numbers below, you have too much weight around your waist.

Waist Circumference
Men: over 40 inches
Women: over 35 inches

The charts below detail the, Ideal Waist Line Measurements for Men and Women of Different Heights. The charts provide information about healthy target measurements for ideal waistlines, and waist-to-height ratios.

Waist-to-Height Ratio (WHtR)
The waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) is calculated by dividing your waist size by your height in inches. A WHtR under 50.0% is generally considered healthy.

Ideal Waist Line Measurements for Men of Different Heights:

Ideal Waist Line Measurements for Women of Different Heights:
Charts from: Here

For additional information please visit the following web sites.

To calculate your (WHtR) or Body Mass Index.

National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute- The Practical Guide: Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults

National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute-Community Mobilization Guide

National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute-Your Guide to a Healthy Heart


Current Works

Moving Education into the 21st Century:  Creating Activity Permissible Classrooms

                                                               We have not evolved to sit in confining seats and desks, organized in neat tidy rows.

     Just like the Google work environments, promoting happy and productive places for discovery and learning should be at the core of the mission of education professionals.  I was reminded of this again with the article, “A Place to Play for Google Staff (New York Times, 3.16.2013).”  After reading the article one question that emerged is:  Why is higher education so far behind in terms of creating more playful teaching and learning spaces, i.e., activity permissible classrooms?  We should be leading the efforts and researching the effectiveness of these learning spaces, not following.  If more active workplaces are the environments many of our students will enter, why not prepare them for this future with the creation of more active and engaging teaching and learning areas.  These teaching and learning areas include such moving innovations as exercise stability balls as chairs, fixed-height stand-up desks, Steelcase Node chairs, and Steelcase buoy chairs.  As a university professor I have made it my mission to create an activity permissible classroom at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.  To bring the classroom to fruition I solicited grant funding to purchase exercise stability balls and fixed-height stand-up desks, reached-out to a local furniture company for innovative chairs and desks, and provided instruction for use with students, faculty and staff.  My efforts and research has been recognized in hundreds of newspaper, television, and radio commentaries throughout the United States (Google John Kilbourne and Exercise Balls or Yoga Balls).

       For more than twenty years I have been teaching college and university lecture/discussion courses in the typical classroom setting.  The classrooms have usually consisted of thirty to forty chairs with fixed attached desks organized in neat rows, all facing front.  There was little opportunity to alter the configuration because of the confined space, time, and the other classes that preceded and followed mine.  In the fall of 2008 this all changed when I began to restructure my teaching space to be a more activity permissible classroom.  I replaced the stern and imprisoning structure of the fixed desks with exercise stability balls as chairs at table top desks.  Researching the effectiveness of the activity permissible space revealed that 98% of the students surveyed would like this option in every class.  Responses to each question, from student’s ability to pay attention, take notes, engage in classroom discussions, and take exams were all positive (Kilbourne, 2009).   (For additional information and research on using exercise stability balls in classrooms please look to WittFitt: Learning in Motion, an organization dedicated to promoting active teaching and learning, http://www.wittfitt.com/).

     During the spring of 2010 I expanded the options in the classroom to include fixed-height, stand-up desks as an additional choice for the students.   In these courses students had the option of sitting on the exercise balls, standing at a desk, or sitting in a regular chair at a table top desk.  Some students used the balls, some used the standing desks, and some used traditional chairs at desks, while still others sat in a regular chair with their legs or feet resting on a ball.  It was the most exciting teaching and learning space I had ever experienced. 

      There are an increasing number of teachers using stand-up desks in classrooms. Many, including sixth grade teacher Abby Brown in Minnesota who is a leader in the stand-up desk movement are seeing many positive results from creating what Dr. James Levine from the Mayo Clinic call “Activity Permissible” classrooms (Levine cited in Saulny, 2009).  Ms. Brown says she, “…got the idea for the stand-up desks after 20 years of teaching in which she watched children struggle to contain themselves at small hard desks, and after reading some of Dr. Levine’s work.  She goes onto say, “it gives students choices, and they feel empowered. It’s not anything to force on anybody. Teachers have to do what fits their comfort level. But this makes sense to me” (Brown cited in Saulny, 2009). 

     Children in Pam Seekel’s fifth-grade class in Wisconsin are also experimenting with stand-up desks.  She said, “At a stand-up desk, I’ve never seen students with their heads down, ever. It helps with being awake, if they can stand, it seems. And for me as a teacher, I can stand at their level to help them. I’m not bent over. I can’t think of one reason why a classroom teacher wouldn’t want these” (Seekel cited in Saulny, 2009).

     Several recent studies on the benefits of standing while at work or in school were neatly organized in Olivia Judson’s article, “Stand Up While You Read This,” (Judson, 2010).  Ms. Judson, who writes on the influence of science on modern life for the New York Times said,

It doesn’t matter if you go running every morning, or you’re a regular at the gym. If you spend most of the rest of the day sitting — in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home — you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death. In other words, irrespective of whether you exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods is bad for you (Judson, 2010).

     Standing at a desk instead of sitting may help a person burn as many as 50 more calories per hour.  Over the course of a four to six hour day that additional 50 calories per hour may add-up to 200-300 extra calories burned per day.  Those extra calories burned can help with weight loss over time (Cepedes, A.).

     The far reaching publicity the new classroom at GVSU received led me to the furniture maker Steelcase who offered to add their new Node desk/chair to the classroom.  Grand Valley State University was one of three schools selected to pilot the new desk/chair.  The Node is unlike any classroom desk/chair.  It is a free-wheeling chair with a seat that swivels and a swing-out desk that allows for quick transformation of a teaching space to accommodate learning circles, small groups, even movement games.  The Node was recently featured in a front-page article in the New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/05/education/some-schools-buy-new-chairs-in-a-break-with-the-past.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0, and on 60 Minutes (IDEO’s David Kelley).         

     I predict the next major revolution in teaching and learning will come from altering the environment and making classrooms more activity permissible.  As environmental studies professor David W. Orr of Oberlin College recently shared, “The chair in short originated in the industrial ordering of education.  It is maintained by profit-seeking school suppliers and unimaginative administrators who see no other possible arrangement of the body, or bodies, or any possible downside to the lower back from six hours of enforced seating (Orr, D.  Jan. 5, 2013, p. A1&3).

     At present we are experiencing a wave of new imaginative classroom design.  Teachers and students who I know that have experienced an activity permissible classroom are not turning back.  This is plainly obvious from the activity in my classroom at GVSU.  When I arrive in the morning the custodial person has all of the Nodes lined-up in neat rows.  By the end of this first class period the chairs are scattered in orderly disorder.  Moreover, the conversation between students prior to the class starting has been greatly enhanced as students are free to swivel and talk to their neighbors.  We have not evolved to sit in confining seats and desks, organized in neat tidy rows. 

     As I write I am again working with Steelcase to introduce their new buoy chair into the aforementioned classroom.  The buoy will officially launch in the spring of 2013 and Steelcase has agreed to let me pilot fifteen of these new chairs in the activity permissible classroom.  The buoy has many of the qualities of an exercise stability ball but is much sturdier and will adjust to the height of each student.   

(See https://www.dropbox.com/s/3mft8ld5zmxslbl/Turnstone%20Buoy%20Video.mp4).

     The influence that permissible activity has on teaching and learning has been well documented throughout history.  From Plato’s and Aristotle’s School of Athens http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/SchoolAthens.htm, to Rousseau’s Emile, to Dewey’s Experience and Education, to present day educators in Denmark who often use classroom seats that allow students to sit or stand, teachers and students have gravitated to educational spaces that allow for more freedom to move.  As education professionals we can help make the classroom experiences more activity permissible thus providing additional opportunities for the promotion of creative and productive students.  Moreover, if we hope to compete with the emerging on-line formats in education we must make the in-house, in-class experience exciting and one that students are willing to pay for.  Using our expertise to help our schools move towards more activity permissible classrooms is one path to this future. 


Cespedes, A., Jan. 17,2010.  Retrieved from:  http://www.livestrong.com/article/73916-calories-burned-standing-vs.-sitting/#ixzz0yNjbp9C7

Judson, O., February 23, 2010.  Retrieved from:    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/stand-up-while-you-read-this/

Kilbourne, J., February 2009.  Retrieved from:   http://www.balldynamics.com/research/a1237990661.pdf

Orr, D.,  January 5, 2013.  Ergonomic Seats?  Most Pupils Squirm in a Classroom Classic, New York Times, A1&3.

Saulny, February 25, 2009.  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/us/25desks.html?_r=1

Stewart, J., March 13, 2013.  A Place to Play for Google Staff, New York Times, B1 & 6.                   

What a Waste – What a Waist: The Conservation - Health Connection

It seems that the only thing increasing faster than America’s waistline is America’s waste of natural resources and energy. Simply stated, America is too gluttonous and too fat; Hummer-hungry and Hummer-sized.

Nationwide, more that 129.6 million American adults (64%) are overweight or obese. Obesity in America has increased threefold since the 1960’s with nearly two-thirds of adults and nine million children being overweight or obese (Brownell, 2003). Researchers believe that if present trends do not change our children will be the first in history to have shorter life-spans than their parents (Olshansky, 2005). Dr. Frank Booth, a physiologist at the University of Missouri, has even give a name to the epidemic of overweight and obesity that is killing so many Americans. He calls it, sedentary death syndrome (Deford, 2003). The costs, both in health care and lost productivity associated with the above exceed one hundred billion dollars (100B) per year (Symon, 2004). Overweight residents in California alone cost the State over twenty-two billion dollars (22B) per year, an amount equal to the salaries of 660,000 entry level school teachers (Nordqvist, 2005). The cost in Michigan is nearly nine billion dollars (9B) per year, $1,175 per adult resident (Chenoweth, 2003).

The bulging of America is often overlooked because as American’s have gotten bigger so have their homes, furniture, automobiles, clothes, even the caskets that hold their jumbo-sized corpses. Home sizes in the past thirty years have ballooned by fifty percent while the number of residents in these homes has decreased (MotherJones, 2005). Gas-guzzling, sport utility vehicle sales have increased steadily over the past four years (Van Tsui, 2005). And, for the first time casket makers are manufacturing super-sized models, some as wide as forty-four inches (The average is 24” – 26”), to accommodate the increasing number of Americans who are dying from sedentary death syndrome (Connolly, 2005).

America’s indulgence is fed by a greedy, unrestrained, and unparalleled consumption of natural resources and energy that fuels gluttonous people, their homes, and their automobiles. America, which is five-percent of the world’s population, consumes twenty-one million barrels of oil per day, twenty-five percent of the world’s total (Samuelson, 2005). The end result is excess human waist(s) and excess waste(s) in the environment. It would take five planet earths to satisfy the needs of every person in the world if each person consumed as much as Americans (Quaker Earthcare Witness, 2005).

Our family had personal experience with the devastating effects of America’s wasteful practices when we moved to the Arctic and lived with Canada’s Inuit as part of a sabbatical study. Sadly, we witnessed first-hand the pollution from America that travels to the Arctic with the northbound winds and gets trapped in the caribou and marine mammals that are integral to the Inuit’s ancestral diet.

The bodies of Arctic people, particularly Greenland’s Inuit contain the highest concentrations of industrial chemicals and pesticides found anywhere on Earth – levels so extreme that the breast milk and tissues of some Greenlanders could be classified as hazardous waist (Cone, 2004).

Our sadness was heightened knowing that our new Arctic friends were not to blame for the sickness that harms their babies and children. It is Americans who are responsible for many of the toxins that plague Arctic people. It is also Americans who are grossly irresponsible in their devotion to conserve and protect the environment. The Inuit have few, if any ways to protect themselves from America’s irresponsibility.

Polluting Our Bodies – Polluting Our Planet

There is an unmistakable link between America’s overweight and obesity crisis, and America’s environmental crisis. When you juxtapose the data from each you see that during the past twenty years Americans have dramatically increased their waists while at the same time increasing their waste of natural resources and energy.

Obesity Trends Global Carbon Carbon Dioxide

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The Conservation – Health Connection

America’s interest in the connections between environmental conservation and good health has a long and well documented history. In 1857 Samuel H. Hammond wrote about the connections in his book, Wild Northern Scenes: Sporting Adventures with Rifle and Rod. In his book he celebrates the Adirondack wilds and advocates the preservation of wilderness for recreation and rejuvenation. Hammond was followed by other voices such as George Bird Grinnell (1870), organizer of the Audubon Society; President Theodore Roosevelt (1901) whose domestic policy focused on conservation and recreation; and Sir Robert Baden-Powell (1908) the founder of the Boy Scouts movement whose mission was healthy character development through nature and recreation (The Library of Congress).

Throughout America’s history recreation (To re-create, give new life, refresh), has helped citizens better understand and appreciate the environment and good health. The International Olympic Committee recently made environmental conservation the third pillar of Olympism along with sport and culture. Put simply, people who participate in recreation and outdoor sporting activities appreciate clean and unspoiled air, water, and land, and good health.

The connections between conservation and good health have led to an emerging science known as Conservation Medicine or Conservation Health. The basic idea is simple: “When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause-and-effect relationships are not fully established scientifically (Moss, 2004).” Conservation Health is, “...about the interconnectedness of all life and the fact that human behavior has consequences (Moss, 2004).”

Our collective behavior is comparable, as someone once put it, to yeast cells in a wine vat, destined to grow until overcome by our own waste products. The result is equivalent to a binge – yeast cells feeding on sugars; human feeding on fossil fuels. If there is a better analogy, I have not heard it. The difference is that, unlike yeast cells, we supposedly have both the possibility of foreknowledge that the “morning after” looms ahead and, presumably, the intelligence to do something smarter instead (Orr, 2006).

Environmental conservation and health are interconnected. Intelligent measures to alter our destructive behavior must address both simultaneously.

Education: Our Best Hope

America's best hope for dealing with its health and environmental crisis is to focus a significant amount of our energies on young people. Simply stated, we must make health and environmental conservation an important part of every child&rsquos;s education. And, because many American families have limited knowledge and understanding of the problems and solutions relevant to both, it is our schools and teachers who must provide the resources and serve as the catalysts to change current trends.

America's best hope for dealing with its health and environmental crisis is to focus a significant amount of our energies on young people. Simply stated, we must make health and environmental conservation an important part of every child&rsquos;s education. And, because many American families have limited knowledge and understanding of the problems and solutions relevant to both, it is our schools and teachers who must provide the resources and serve as the catalysts to change current trends.

When one examines current trends related to health, physical education, and science education one can easily see the inadequacies. For example, among high school age students only 29% attend daily physical education classes, a dramatic decline from the 41% who attended in 1991 (CDC, 2005). With two school age children I have witnessed this erosion first hand. Our ten year old son has one forty-minute physical education class per week, and our high school daughter has none. Is it any wonder that American children are overweight and obese? Equally disturbing is the fact that the American educational system is not preparing citizens to know and understand a world that is increasingly dominated by technology and science. This reality comes at a time when many parents, school boards, and politicians have focused their energies not on teaching science and the scientific method, but instead using valuable time required for science education to teach intelligent design, a non-science subject. A study by the National Center for Education Statistics found that young people in the United States rank 15th in math and ninth in science proficiency when compared to their peers in 45 other countries (Lloyd, 2005).

As a first step to shift current trends schools and teachers can begin to use an integrative approach to teaching health, physical education and science, specifically as they relate to healthy living and conservation. One example of this approach is the work taking place at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Grand Valley State University's Department of Movement Science together with GVSUs School of Engineering have teamed up to create an innovative program called, S P A R K L E – Spinning Physical and Renewable Kinetic Living Energy. S P A R K L E is using human motion on an exercise bicycle to enhance health and physical fitness and teach science based conservation, while at the same time producing usable electric energy.

Students from Michigan are actually powering their classrooms using SPARKLE bicycle generators. In addition to promoting health and fitness, the bicycle generators create light and recharge useable batteries that the children use to power their games, cellular telephones, and music players.

The goal of S P A R K L E is to create a new generation of global residents (Sparklers) who understand the importance of health/fitness and renewable energy.

Any hope for a graceful and enriched future must include natural harmony with our environment and with our bodies. The connections between the two are tightly woven, what affects one affects the other. If each of us makes an effort to become a Sparkler, like those being created in Michigan, we can collectively preserve and protect our health and the health of our plant now and for the future.


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Grand Valley State University Department of Movement Science

Dr. Kilbourne’s Grand Valley State University Homepage

Dr. Kilbourne’s Arctic Resource Page

Articles Written By Dr. Kilbourne

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.  “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     


Kilbourne, J. “WE the New PE:  Wellness Education the New Physical Education.” p.e.links4u -  http://www.pelinks4u.org/archives/0112.htm.  January


 National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education “Sharpening the Mind through Movement: Using Exercise Balls as Chairs   in a University Class” http://www.nakpehe.org/publications/Chronicle%20Issues/ChronicleFebruary2009.pdf

Grand Rapids Press – “Get America Back Into Shape”

Chronicle of Higher Education – Chronicle Review, “An Ugly Game”

Social Education – “Teaching Social Studies through Storytelling: The Enduring Spirit of the Arctic”

Chronicle of Higher Education – Chronicle Review, “College Athletics as a College Education”

Articles Written About Dr. Kilbourne

Chronicle of Higher Education – “Keeping Students on the Ball”

Detroit News – “Grand Valley Research Backs Ball Sitting in Class”

Grand Rapids Press – “GVSU Students Sit on Exercise Balls in Class”

Denver Post – “Teachers Ditching Class Chairs for Stability Balls”

CM-Life – “GVSU Prof’s Students Sit on Exercise Balls”

Grand Valley State University Lanthorn – “Ninety-eight Percent of Students favor Stability Balls over Traditional Chairs”


Dr. John J. Ratey author of SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

PE4Life http://www.pe4life.org/

Recent Invited Presentations

President and Faculty of Ohala University, Israel.  Grand Valley State University.  Education in the 21st Century:  Creating Activity Permissible Classrooms.  October 23, 2013.

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 of 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.

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