Brian Clocksin had to make a tough decision. With his children – Lilka, 5, and Michael, 7 – growing up, he wanted to make a professional move that his family will benefit from.
Now Clocksin is the new chairman of the movement and sports science department at the University of La Verne.
After teaching seven years at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Clocksin decided to try the West Coast.
His attitude lets everyone know he can handle this position – that attitude is confidence.
“I will meet the overall mission of the La Verne Experience at the department level,” Clocksin said. “I have a good perspective of what the students and faculty need.”
Even before Clocksin made the decision to come here, he believed that he and his family would adapt quickly to the city of La Verne.
An Oregon native, also earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 1994 from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., Clocksin knew how a liberal arts university and small community functions, both of which he enjoyed in the Northwest.
“I loved the education philosophy that was presented,” Clocksin said. “Entering ULV made me feel I will fit in with the well-educated standards. This community has been a great fit.”
Another thing that Clocksin enjoys is staying active, whether it is finding time to swim or go for a bike ride.
While in Willamette, he swam for the Bearcats, which motivated him to take more of a leadership role and become the assistant swimming coach for the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned his master’s degree in 1997.
Wanting more of a challenge, Clocksin became the head swimming coach and taught physical education for Millikin University in Decatur, Ill.
He then decided to pursue his doctorate in sport pedagogy, which he earned in 2005 from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
After earning his doctorate, Clocksin and his wife, Kimberly, moved to New York where he got the job done, despite the workload.
Clocksin’s doctorate involved teacher education, which allowed him to teach in various topics, including the undergraduate and graduate level in elementary physical education methods, motor development, motor learning, organization and administration of physical education and adventure education.
He also served as the graduate program coordinator, the director of adventure education and as a faculty mentor for the Honor’s Colleges.
Clocksin has taught a total of 13 years at the college level.
Whenever things got hectic, he said there was nothing that got in his way.
“I have covered the game of discipline,” Clocksin said.
The department was looking for someone with great leadership skills, said Paul Alvarez, professor of movement and sports science and chairman of the committee that hired Clocksin last year.
Alvarez believes Clocksin’s creative background, will bring a fresh approach to the department, and that Clocksin will be good at communicating with MSS students.
“He will bring things that might challenge them, not just surprise them with questions,” Alvarez said.
Jonathan Reed, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, agrees that Alvarez has great a leadership style.
“He has a great balance of being a teacher and a scholar,” Reed said. “We think he is going to help MSS and elevate the academic quality and the University’s national reputation.”
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