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Colorado State University Pueblo Announced 2022 Distinguished University Professor Award

Release Date: January 10, 2022

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Dr. George Dallam

Pueblo— Colorado State University Pueblo (CSU Pueblo) announced the 2022 recipient of the Distinguished University Professor award, George Dallam, Ph.D., professor in the School of Health Sciences and Human Movement. Dallam was announced as the third recipient of this award on Monday, Jan. 10 during the virtual spring convocation.

The Distinguished University Professor award remains the university’s highest honor bestowed on a faculty member. The award recognizes teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity and service to CSU Pueblo and the community.

"Dr. Dallam’s teaching, research and service exemplify the ideal of this prestigious award,” said CSU Pueblo President, Timothy Mottet. “His dedication to his field, his students and the community as a teacher scholar make him an invaluable resource for Colorado State University Pueblo.”

This year the Distinguished University Professor Selection Committee included Nebojsa Jaksic, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Engineering and program director for the Master of Science in Mechatronics Engineering, Abhay Shah, Ph.D., professor and associate dean of the Hasan School of Business, Juan Morales, associate dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Margie Massey, Ph.D., professor of education and Faculty Senate president, Jeff Piquette, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Education, Rhonda Gonzales, Dean of Library Services, and Alegria Ribadeneira, Ph.D., professor of Spanish, director of world languages and last year’s award recipient.

Dallam, similar to recipients before him, recognizes collective efforts and considers this honor a reflection of the work of a larger campus community. “I am greatly honored to receive this kind of recognition for my efforts at CSU Pueblo. I consider that it has been my privilege to work in higher education for so many years and with so many exceptional colleagues, students and friends in the Pueblo community,” said Dallam. “We all work together to achieve these outcomes and so in honoring me you are also honoring my colleagues, my students and the university in general.”

Dallam was honored with two other awards in 2020 including the School of Health Science and Human Movement Scholarship Award and the University Award for Scholarship. Dallam currently has 26 research publications in a range of journals such as the International Journal of Physical Education, Fitness and Sports and the Journal of Sports Research. He is the co-author of two books and is currently working on a third titled, “The Nasal Breathing Paradox During Exercise.”

“Over his academic career at CSU Pueblo, Dr. Dallam won the University Teaching Award, the University Service Award, and twice the University Award for Scholarship,” said CSU Pueblo Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mohamed Abdelrahman. “This culmination of him winning this most prestigious award merely states the facts. Dr. George Dallam is a perfect example of a Distinguished University Professor!”

Dallam began his academic journey by receiving his Bachelor of Science in education and his Master of Science in exercise and sport science from the University of Arizona. He went on to earn his Doctor of Philosophy in physical education and health from the University of New Mexico. Dallam’s academic career is supplemented by coaching athletes who have earned titles such as National Elite and Age Group Champions, Olympians, Pan American Games Medalists, World Age Group Champions and the top-ranked male triathlete in the world in 2005.

To encourage continued innovation, scholarship, creative activity and to support research, a monetary award will be provided to Dallam over a three-year period. Those recognized as Distinguished University Professor will also administer a workshop for faculty designed on a topic of their choice. In keeping with tradition, Dallam will serve on next year’s selection committee to provide his insight into who best exemplifies the values of this award.

Although Dallam is honored to be this year’s recipient, he recognizes that his contributions to education are a triumph for all campus community members. “Each person, from maintenance staff to university president, plays an important role in the process we call education and should feel proud of being a part of what we accomplish together,” said Dallam.

Dallam’s designation as Distinguished University Professor will remain his formal title and will follow him into retirement when he then becomes Distinguished University Professor Emeriti.

Dallam’s photo is available here

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