Donald F. Staffo
Professor and Chair
Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Stillman College
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Author and Professional Journalist

Career Highlights

Experience and Education

More than 4 decades as an educator and more than 2 1/2 decades as Professor & Chair of Dept. of Health and Physical education at Stillman College.

Earned Ph.D. from Ohio State University (1978), MA degree from Western Kentucky University (1970), BS from SUNY Brockport (1968), AA from Fulton-Montgomery Community College (1966); completed post-doctoral work in the Injury Prevention Center in the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1990).

Awards and Recognitions

2009 Inducted into The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology Hall of Fame. Highest honor the College can bestow upon its graduates and faculty; reserved for individuals who have made such significant contributions to their professions as to be models for all others.

2009 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Charles Henry Award. The third highest national award given by AAHPERD; one of less that on-half of 1% of AAHPERD members to win 2 of the 3 highest AAHPERD national awards.

2008 National Health and Fitness Association Edward Henderson Award. Highest American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Honor Award. The second highest national award given by AAHPERD.



2007 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Honor Award (the second highest national award given by AAHPERD)

Ohio State


2007 Ohio State Alumni of Distinction (awarded to alumni who have distinquished themselves nationally and internationally in their field)

FMCC Award

2007 Fulton-Montgomery Community College Distinguished Alumni Award

2007 Alabama State Association for HPERD Ethnic Minority Leader of the Year Award

National Interview in AAHPERD Update, September 2007

2005-06 Alabama State Assoc. for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance Honor Award (the state’s highest award), and 2005-06 PRIDE (Professional Responsibility in Delivering Excellence) Award.

2003 Alabama Press Association 1st place award for best in-depth sports feature on Alabama football coach Dennis Franchione bolting for Texas A&M.

The first and only person to receive Stillman’s top 4 awards and the only person to receive the Faculty Scholar Award twice (2003, 2000); Teacher of the Year (2002). Faculty Advising Award (2003); and Humanitarian of the Year Award (2001)

Nominated for: the 2007-08 National Health & Fitness Award; the 2007-08 ASAHPERD Outstanding Administrator Award; the 2007-08 Hall of Heritage Award, SUNY Brockport’s highest alumni award; 3 times for the AAHPERD Southern District Scholar Award; 3 times Utica (NY) Sports Hall of Fame; 3 times for the Alabama College & University Professional of the Year Award; and twice for the National Junior Chamber of Commerce’s 10 Fitness Leaders of America Award (1993 and 1994); Ohio State University Graduate Associate Teaching Award (1977).

Listed in 4 international biographies and 13 national Who’s Who publications.


On Task Force that developed the Great South Athletic Conference (1999); Athletic Director when Stillman College started football (1999-2001); as Director of Physical Education and Athletics at Alice Lloyd College implemented the physical education major and the college’s entrance into the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) and into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Two-term chair of the National Association for Sport & Physical Education (NASPE) Youth Sports Coalition (1994-96); on Task Force that developed the NASPE National Coaching Standards.

Publications and Presentations

Author of 7 books, a chapter in a graduate school textbook, and more than 2,000 articles, including 115+ articles in international down to state professional refereed journals, 825+ articles in news stand magazines; sole author of 2 national football magazines; and a health and physical fitness newspaper column that has run in 21 newspapers in 4 states.

Made more than 73 presentations at national, district and state professional conferences.

Invited back to deliver commencement and major addresses at 4 of 5 alma maters including D’Agostino Distinguished Scholar Lecture at SUNY Brockport (2000); keynote speaker representing 1st graduating class of Fulton-Montgomery Community College at school’s 25th Anniversary Celebration (1989); and commencement speaker for Little Falls High School class of 1998.

Director of Publications & Editor of the Alabama State Journal of HPERD; serves or has served on 34 national and regional editorial and advisory boards; currently serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sport Management, the International Council of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport Journal of Research, and Athletic Management; a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and Strategies, as well as for 3 textbooks.

Covered University of Alabama football and basketball continuously since 1985 for several media outlets (Associated Press, Gannett News Service, Bama Magazine, The Tuscaloosa News, Northport Gazette, Touchdown Alabama Magazine).