Thomas H. Sawyer

Thomas H. Sawyer is a NAS Fellow, AAHPERD honor fellow, and a professor emeritus of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport at Indiana State University.

Sawyer is a 45-year veteran of higher education. He began as an instructor of health and physical education; has been a director of recreational sports, department head, department chair, associate athletic director, director of articulation and transfer, director of a college prison education program, executive director of regional education centers, and interim dean of continuing education; and is ending his career, by choice, as a full professor teaching sport management theory to undergraduate and graduate students.

He has written over 193 peer-reviewed articles for notable professional journals; made over 250 state, regional, national, and international presentations; and written 10 professional books and over 32 chapters in other publications. Further, he has served as a state AHPERD president (Indiana), district vice president (Midwest), association president (AAALF); chaired numerous district and national committees; served as editor of the Indiana AHPERD journal and newsletter; chaired the JOPERD Editorial and Policy Boards; and is a member of the AAHPERD BOG. He has been an AAHPERD member since 1964.

Sawyer has also been active in the community, serving as a volunteer for the American Red Cross in four communities in four different states since 1964. He has been a first aid, CPR, and water safety instructor (over 30 years); a chapter board member (off and on for 30 years; chapter chairperson (off and on for 8 years); chair of a state consortium (3 years); chair of numerous regional committees; and currently serves as chair of the Great Lakes Region, Service Area 5, Resource Council.

Finally, Sawyer has received numerous awards for his leadership and service to the American Red Cross; YMCA; a regional alcohol and drug consortium; Council on Facilities and Equipment; Indiana AHPERD, American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness; American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and Indiana State University. Further, he has received Caleb Mills Outstanding Teaching Award, Faculty Distinguished Service Award, and Distinguished Research and Service Award from Indiana State University and the Howard Richardson’s Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award from the School of Health and Human Performance at Indiana State University.