Michael Calhoun

Professor of Health and Human Performance
Koury Center (Athletics) 228
2525 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
calhoun@elon.edu (336) 278-5871

Brief Biography

Dr. Calhoun has varied teaching and professional interests that include immunology, motor learning theory, development of quality human relationships and motivation in the realm of personal health and wellness.  He has been teaching personal health and wellness related courses for more than three decades and is currently writing a book that examines dysfunctional attitudes and high risk behaviors of males.


Ed.D. received August, 1984, from Brigham Young University with dual emphasis in Health Education and Analysis of Human Movement.

M.S. received August, 1979, from Brigham Young University in Physical Education and supporting area in Health Education.

B.S. received May, 1977, from Hardin-Simmons University with majors in Physical Education, Health, and Guidance and Counseling.

Past professional certifications include American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer, Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, C.P.R. Instructor, First Aid Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician, P.A.D.I. Scuba Instructor, Divemaster and Rescue Diver.

Teaching License: Texas and North Carolina

Employment History

Professor of Health and Human Performance at Elon University, 1996 to present.

Chair of Health and Human Performance Department, 2008 to 2010.  Chair of HPLHP Department, 1996 to 2001. 

Associate Professor of Health, Physical Education and Leisure at Elon College, 1990 to 1996. 

Received Tenure, 1991. 

Assistant Professor at Elon College, 1985 to 1990. 

Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education at Kennesaw College, Marietta, Georgia, 1979 to 1985.

Graduate Teaching Assistant at Brigham Young University, 1977-1979.  Instructed a variety of Physical Education Activity Courses while completing M.S. Degree.

Gymnastics coach at Challenger School of Gymnastics, 1978-1979.

Therapy Technician (Adaptive Physical Education Instructor) with the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation at Abilene State School, 1973-1977.  Teaching responsibilities included movement education, behavior modification, gymnastics, track, aquatics, and adaptive activities.

Guidance and Counseling Internship was completed at Cooper High School, Abilene, Texas, 1977.

United States Air Force, 1972-1973.

Courses Taught


GST 110 The Global Experience

GST 203 Authentic Masculinity

HED 111 Contemporary Wellness Issues

PEH 310 Motor Learning Theory for Teaching and Coaching

PEH 421 Chronic and Acute Diseases


GST 326 Contemporary Sexuality Issues

GST 253 Australia Ecotourism (study in Australia)

PEH 324 Nutrition

PEH 325 Substance Abuse and Human Behavior

PEH 362 Healthful Living in the Elementary School

PEH 321 Biomechanics

PEH 427 Health Education Pedagogy, Grades 6-12

PEH 499 Independent Research in Physical Education and Health

PED 116 Outward Bound Experience (supervise independent studies)

Consumerism and Community Health


Exercise Physiology



All areas of Swimming and Aquatics


Weight Training





Camping and Outdoor Recreation

Theory and Techniques of Teaching Team Sports, Dual Sports, and Individual Sports .

Leadership Positions

Chair of Health and Human Performance Department, 2008 to 2010. 

Chair of HPLHP Department, 1996 to 2001.

Coordinator of Health Education Program at Elon University, 1985 to 2005. 

Academic Council (1990-94; Chair, 91/92 and 92/93; 2003-2006)

Curriculum Committee (1995- 2001; Chair, 98/99 and 99/00)

Ad Hoc Committee on Tenure Process (Chair, 2004-06)

Independent Major Review Subcommittee (Chair, 1998-2001)

North Carolina College Conference of Professional Preparation in Health Education and Physical Education 1987- 2006, (Executive Committee, 1991-1994; Conference Chair, 1993, 1994.)

North Carolina Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  (Nominating Committee   Chair, 1989; Convention Manager, 1990).

North Carolina Association for the Advancement of Health Education (Board of Directors, 1988-1990; Advisor to student section, 1988, 1989).

Health Education Leadership Conference (Steering Committee, 1988-1994, Conference Manager, 1991-1994).

American Red Cross Safety Services Committee (Representing Aquatics, Atlanta, 1984, 1985).

Intramural Athletic Director at Kennesaw College, 1979 to 1984.  Also served as coordinator and trip leader for many special events during this time.

Aquatics Facility Director at Hardin-Simmons University, 1976-1977.

Aquatics Facility Director at Abilene State School, 1974-1976.


Other University Committees:

Promotion and Tenure appeal Committee (2011-present)

School of Education Curriculum Committee (2010-2012)

HED 111 Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (2007-2010)

GST 110 Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (2006-2009)

Review Committee for Probationary Faculty (2007-2008)

Upper Level GST Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (2006-2010)

Grade Appeal Committee (2006)

Subcommittee on Workload and Teaching Load (2003-2006)

Ad Hoc Committee on Institutional Service (2003-2006)

Shared Governance Subcommittee (2003-2006)

Promotion, Tenure and Professionalization Committee (2001-2003)

Subcommittee to Investigate Faculty Input to PT&P (2001-2003)

Administrative Restructuring Committee (1999-2000)

Board of Trustees Educational Affairs Committee (1998-2000)

Assessment Day Planning Committee (1998-2001)

Health Sciences Committee (1997-1998)

General Studies Council (1993-1999)

Long Range Planning Committee (1990-94; 1995-2000)

Graduate Council (1988-1991)

Wellness Committee (1992-1996)

Experiential Education Committee

Teacher Education Committee

Summer Term Advisory Committee (1995-2000)

Winter Term Advisory Committee (1994-1995; 2008-2010)

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award Selection Committee (1989-90)

New Curriculum Conference Committee

W.L. Monroe Christian Education Award Selection Committee

SACS Committee - Student Services Report

General Studies Planning Committee - Resources Group

Student Life Committee

Candidate Search Committees (24)


  • Calhoun, Michael L., A Comparative Analysis of the Whip Kick and Frog Kick.  (Distributed internationally by Microform Publications—College of Human Development and Performance, 1986.)
  • Calhoun, Michael L., The Caloric Expenditure of Stair Climbing. Master's Thesis, Brigham Young University, 1979.
  • Designed and constructed an in-line cable tensiometer test device for measuring parasitic drag, and kick thrust efficiency, 1983.
  • Designed and constructed a 6-lead electronic thermocouple unit for physiology research, 1982.
  • Designed and constructed an anticipation timer for motor learning research, 1980.

Current Projects

Authentic Masculiunity in a Culture of Confusion - Manuscript in progress.

Critical Thinking Development in a Required Single Semester, First Year Seminar - Research study in Progress.


Calhoun, Michael L., Authentic Masculinity in a Culture of Confusion. Manuscript in Progress.

Calhoun, Michael L., Motor Learning Theory Workbook, 16th Edition:  2013.

Calhoun, Michael L., A Comparative Analysis of the Whip Kick and Frog Kick.  (Distributed internationally by Microform Publications—College of Human Development and Performance, 1986.)

“The Fitness Philosophy”, Second Monday series.

“Sensible Dieting”, Second Monday series.

“Live and Keep on Living”, Second Monday series.

“The Fatness Fiasco”, Second Monday series.

“No Butts About It”,Second Monday series.

“To Stress or Not to Stress”, Second Monday series.

“Therapeutic Sawdust?”, Second Monday series.

“Constructive Stress,” Marietta Daily Journal, 1982.

“Fat Fallacies—The Truth About Weight Control”, Marietta Daily Journal, 1982.

“Live and Keep on Living”, Marietta Daily Journal, 1982.

Calhoun, et al., Developmental Gymnastics, Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, 1976.


“Setting the Stage for Critical, Connected Thinking” (Workshop conducted for first year seminar faculty at Castleton State College, Vermont, May 25, 2000).

“Strategies for Raising the First Year Academistat” (Twelfth International Conference on the First Year Experience, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 29, 1999).

“Active Learning: Challenging the Status Quo” (Elon College Conference on Teaching and Learning, Sept.27, 1997).  Chair of group presentation.

“Rigorous Freshman Seminar? ...A Workable Solution.”  (Fourth Canadian-American Conference on the First Year Experience, Toronto, Dec., 1995.  Invited repeat presentations in Costa Mesa, CA, January 1997, and Columbia, SC, February 1997).  Presentation is shared with Dr. Nancy Harris.

“Keys to Quality Health Education and Physical Education” (North Carolina College Conference of Professional Preparation in Health Education and Physical Education, Sept., 1994)

“Issues in Private College Health and Physical Education” (North Carolina College Conference of Professional Preparation in Health Education and Physical Education, Sept., 1993)

“Beyond the Intelligence Trap” (Mini class for family weekend, 2005-2012).

“Engaged Learning at Elon” (Orientation seminar for entering students, 2007-2012).

“Challenging the Status Quo - A Thinkers Approach to Learning” Model Class for Admissions, Feb., 1996.

“Team Building” (Isabella Cannon Emerging Leaders Seminar - March, 1996).

“Taking Appropriate Risks” (Isabella Cannon Leadership Seminar - October, 1994).

“The  Physiological Effects of Alcohol Abuse” (Forum sponsored by the Religious Life Council, Nov., 1994).

“Incorporating The Measure of Our Success into freshman courses - or - A Risk-Taker’s Guide to Collaborative Learning”  (Faculty Workshop for Common Reading, August, 1994).

“Should Sexual Preference by Included in the Elon College Non-Discrimination Statement?”  (ECTV Panel Discussion, Spring, 1994).

“The Intelligence Trap:  Thinker or Master of Trivial Pursuit?”  (Scholarship Day Presentation).

“What I Have Learned From Students” (New Faculty Orientation, August, 1993).

“India:  Technology Collides with Traditional Culture” (Presentation to Seventh Grade Students and Local Community Groups Several Times Each Year).

“Steroids:  Defeating Monster Mania.”  (Health Education Leadership Conference, October, 1989; Gaston County Public School Personnel, July, 1989).

“Professions Which Unsettle and Inspire.”  (Elon Centennial Symposium, April, 1989).

Region 5 AIDS Update Workshop (Host and Moderator, April, 1989).

“Introduction to Nutrition” (Cummings High School, 1989).

“Sensible Diet:  Food and Fact” (Alamance County Racquet Club, 1989).

“Instructional Methods and Techniques in Developmental Gymnastics” (Workshop for Marietta School District Physical Education Personnel, 1984).

“The Caloric Expenditure of Disco Dancing.”  (Presented at National AAHPERD Convention, 1981)


Fulbright-Hayes Tour/Study Recipient, “Traditional Cultures and the Impact of Technology in Modern India:  A Curriculum and Faculty Development Project,” (Summer, 1990).

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, 1996.

Elon College SGA Outstanding Professor Award, 1998.

Elon University School of Education Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2006-2007.

Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Professor Award, 2008.