Kevin Taylor


RANK Director



  • 1994 Ph.D. Teacher Education, Physical Education. University of South Carolina
  • 1990 M.S. Physical Education, Central Washington University
  • 1986 B.A. Sports Studies, Northumberland University Newcastle, England

Professional Work Experience

  • 2015-Present Director, School of Education, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
  • 1999-2015 Department Chair & Professor of Kinesiology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. 
  • (Department Chair September 2011-2015; Started as Assistant then, Associate, and Full Professor)

Recent Honors & Accomplishments

  • 2015 Learn by Doing Scholar Award – California Polytechnic State University 
  • 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award – California Polytechnic State University
  • 2004 Paul Wolff Accessibility Advocacy Awards – Individual Honor Award Recipient

Professional Presentations Summary

  • Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) National & Regional Conventions – 26 times 
  • SHAPE State Association Conferences – 26 times
  • National Adapted Physical Education Conference (NAPEC) – 9 times
  • National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education (NAKPEHE) National Convention, 3 times
  • Other National Professional Conference Presentations  - 14

Recent Publications

  • Hey, D., Slivovsky, L., Self, B, Widmann, J., and Taylor, J.K., (2014), “Learning Design through the Lens of Service: A Qualitative Study,” International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Vol. 9, No 1.
  • Self, B.,Widmann, J., Slivovsky, L, Taylor,  J. K., and Hey, D.,(2013), “Adapted Physical Activity Design Projects: A Collaboration Between Kinesiology and Engineering,” ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings.
  • Slivovsky, L., Widmann, J.,  Self, B., Taylor, J.K., and Hey, D. W., (2012) “Why the Human Connections Formed Through Service-Learning Matter,” ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings.
  • Taylor, J.K (2012). Follow Your Passion. Sports N Spokes Magazine, November 2012.
  • Taylor, J. Kevin, Kramer, D., Pebworth, K., & Werner, P.H. (2010) Geocaching: School and Community. Human Kinetics Publishers, Champaign, IL.

Recent Grants

  • “Engineering Inclusion: Empowerment through Interdisciplinary Capstone Design Projects for Living, Learning, Working & Playing” November 2014 (Proposal # 7529277). Submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) General and Age Related Disabilities (GARD) program. Under Review
  • Slivovsky, L.A., Hey, D. Self, B.P., Widmann, J., & Taylor, J.K (2010) Effects of Adapted Physical Activity Design Projects on Attitudes and Learning (award # 1062297) Submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF-EAGER program; Funded for $27,999
  • “Access by Design: Capstone Projects to Promote Adapted Physical Activity” April 2008. Submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research to Aid People with Disability (RAPD) program.  Funded for $125,000
  • “High Tec Bowling Device for Wheelchair Users” Maurer, C. & Taylor, J.K. Submitted to Bavaria California Technology Center (BaCaTeC).  April 2007. Funded for €9000

Professional Organizations

  • Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE)
  • California Association for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, (CAHPRED)
  • National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE)


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