Payne, Virgil (Greg) G.

Payne, Virgil (Greg) G.

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Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Western Illinois University, 1974, Bachelors, Kinesiology

University of Iowa, 1977, Masters, Kinesiology

Indiana University, 1981, Doctorate, Kinesiology (Human Motor Development)

Teaching Experience

Cal Poly, Pomona (1981-1983),

SJSU (1983-2018)

Administrative and Professional Experience

Department Chair (2000-2006),

Associate Dean (2007-2016)

Personal Commentary

Dr. Greg Payne is an emeritus professor from the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology at San Jose State University. Nearly half of his time at SJSU was in administration as an Associate Dean in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San Jose State University and department chair. His academic specialization is human motor with interests ranging from aging and physical activity to children's health and fitness. In 2011, Greg received SJSU’s Outstanding International Educator Award for his work with international students on campus. He received a BS degree from Western Illinois University and was presented that institution's Distinguished Alumni Award. He earned a masters degree from the University of Iowa and doctorate from Indiana University. Early in his career, Greg lived and worked in Venezuela for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer where he taught Venezuelan teachers teaching methods. He has since produced over 170 publications including eighteen editions of five books. Greg is an elected Fellow in the prestigious National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK), generally regarded to be the top tier of leaders/scholars in Kinesiology. He is a co-author of The Equation: A Proven Lifestyle and Fitness Plan by St. Martin's Press and recently released Human Motor Development: A Lifespan Approach (10th edition in progress), a leading selling textbook that has been used in hundreds of universities throughout the world. He co-wrote and edited a text that was a joint effort of American and Chinese scholars - the first motor development book in China. He was the first Distinguished Honorary Professor of the Shenyang Sport University in China and received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the Southwest District AAHPERD Scholar Award, the AAHPERD Honor Award, and the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport Research Writing Award. Greg is a former President of the 22,000 member National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE); former Chair of the National Motor Development Academy of AAHPERD, and former President of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD). He was presented CAHPERD's Verne Landreth Award, exemplifying the highest achievement in service, research, teaching, and administration, and was a SJSU Nominee for the California State University Wang Award for extraordinary commitment and dedication, distinction by exemplary contributions, and achievement in the academic discipline. He is a Fellow of the Research Consortium of AAHPERD, has chaired two editorial boards, and has reviewed for numerous refereed journals.


Payne, Virgil (Greg) G.