Dr. Claudine Sherrill
Dr. Claudine Sherrill received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in health, physical education, and recreation from TWU in 1955 under Dean Anne Schley Duggan. After completing a doctoral degree at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and teaching in the New York City Public Schools and at the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Sherrill taught in the Kinesiology Department at TWU for over 40 years and is now Professor Emerita. Dr. Sherrill is an internationally recognized pioneer in adapted physical activity, a crossdisciplinary profession serving persons with disabilities. She is referred as the “mother of adapted physical activity” all over the world. She has authored multiple books including a widely used textbook, Adapted Physical Activity, Recreation, and Sport: Crossdisciplinary and Lifespan, now in its 6th edition, which has been translated into several languages. Dr. Sherrill published over 150 articles in refereed journals, served as Editor or Associate Editor of the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly for 20 years, and made countless professional presentations in over 30 countries.
Dr. Sherrill has received many awards including an honorary doctorate from the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland and served in many leadership positions in professional organizations. She is currently completing a 16-year term as President-Elect, President, and Past President of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity.
Dr. Sherrill is praised by former students for her teaching style, her dedication to excellence, and her ability to bring out the best in each student. She is credited with founding the outstanding PhD program in Adapted Physical Education/Activity at TWU. Graduates of this program are in leadership positions around the world, and several of her students have been recognized by TWU as Distinguished Alumni.