Distinguished Alumni Awards
John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award
John C. Ozmun - 2004
John Ozmun is a professor and chair of the Department of Physical Education at Indiana State University where he has been a faculty member for fourteen years. He received his Master of Science degree from Indiana University in the area of adapted physical education. His doctoral areas of study were motor development and adapted physical education. Prior to his appointment at Indiana State University he was a faculty member at Portland State University and served in the role of associate director of the Center for Youth Development at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport.
Ozmun has presented and published extensively in the area of physical activity of young children with and without disabilities. He has numerous presentations at the national meetings of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the American College of Sports Medicine. Internationally he has presented at the International Pre-Olympic Scientific Congress, the World Congress of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport & Dance, the Cooper Institute Conference Series, the International Conference on "The Young Child: Moving to Learn", and the World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities.
Ozmun’s publication record includes articles in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Additionally, he is co-author of the text Understanding Motor Development with David Gallahue. He has authored or co-authored several chapters in texts such as Adapted Physical Education and Sport, Foundations of Exercise Science, and Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children.
Some of the honors Ozmun has received over the years include the 2003 Recognition Award from the Physical Fitness Council of AAHPERD, the 2000 Indiana State University Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Award, the 1993-94 Young Professional Award of the Midwest District of AAHPERD, and the 1993 Young Professional Award from the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Ozmun states that the educational experiences and relationships he developed while attending the School of HPER at Indiana University served as the primary basis for his professional opportunities and accomplishments. In addition, Ozmun considers it a true blessing to have such a supportive family, which includes his wife Ruth, and sons Chet, Gus, Johnny, and Ray.