Distinguished Alumni Awards

W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award
Marilyn Looney - 2003

Dr. Marilyn Looney is a professor in the department of kinesiology and physical education at Northern Illinois University.  She began her teaching career in physical education, mathematics, and health in the Purdy School District in Purdy, Missouri where she also coached volleyball, basketball, softball, and track. After receiving her master’s in physical education from Kansas State University, followed by her PED from Indiana University, she accepted a position as assistant professor at South Dakota State University. She later moved to the University of Iowa as an assistant professor in the department of physical education and dance and in 1986 joined the faculty at Northern Illinois University.

Marilyn is a fellow of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Research Consortium and an honor award recipient of the AAHPERD Measurement and Evaluation Council. In 1990 she received the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the department of physical education at Northern Illinois University. 

Marilyn served as section-editor of the measurement and evaluation section for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport from 1994 to 2000 and is currently an associate editor for Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science. Her professional contributions have also included serving as a guest reviewer for a variety of scholarly journals, most recently the Journal of Sport Sciences in 2002, as well as reviewing abstracts submitted for AAHPERD National Conventions for a number of years. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations related to measurement and evaluation of human performance and statistical issues. Marilyn has also been a co-recipient of a NIH Biomedical Research Support Grant and is currently serving on the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects at Northern Illinois University.