BiographyPhil grew up in the southern USA. Too poor for college, he earned his B.S. at the US Naval Academy. While serving in the Navy he earned his MS Ed. at James Madison University. He completed his Doctorate at the University of Georgia and taught for 32 years at the University of Alabama where he chaired 52 Ph.D.s, published almost 200 referred papers, and gave over 400 professional presentations. He has traveled to over 60 countries, and spoken in many.
As an athlete, exercise scientist, and teacher he became fascinated with measurement and its application in teaching, research and everyday life. Over his career he continuously sought ways to improve his own measurement and its application. Likewise he constantly looked for ways to make Measurement and Evaluation more comprehensible and appealing to students. This text was the inevitable result of his interests, applications, and efforts to help students develop an appreciation and practical knowledge of this topic, which all of us apply, with varying degrees of skill, every day.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Major lines of Research:
1) Recovery from training bouts in elite and recreational athletes and people older than 50.
2) Physiology of Protective Clothing.
1) Getting 5 children undergraduate degrees with NO debt,
2) Popularizing the hazards of suspension trauma in work at heights,
3) Creating a statistic to allow analysis of INDIVIDUAL responses to experimental treatments, because group means are not always most useful.
Expertise in Measurement, Thermal Physiology, Suspension Trauma, Recovery from Physical Training, and Teaching.
Top personal interests include:
Traveling the world with my wonderful spouse,
Nature, all aspects,
Learning to teach better,