Sean Sullivan, Ph.D.

Professor of Kinesiology
Department Chair of Kinesiology
Program Director, MS in Kinesiology

Office Phone: (951) 343-4528
E-mail: ssullivan@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus, F94
Office Hours: No Appointments Currently Available

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Physical Education & Sport Management University of New Mexico 2004
M.A. Kinesiology San Diego State University 2001
B.S. Kinesiology San Diego State University 1998
  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    sport history; Christianity and sport;

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    Campbellsville University, Kentucky
    Southwestern Community College, San Diego, CA.

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Recent Publications:

    Knabb, J., Pate, R., Sullivan, S., Salley, E., Miller, A. and Boyer, W. 2020. Walking with God: Developing and Pilot Testing a Manualized Four-Week Program Combining Christian Meditation and Light-to-Moderate Physical Activity for Daily Stress. Mental Health, Religion & Culture. https://doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2020.1819221

    Naylor, Ashley ; Shariffi, Brian; Gillum, Trevor; Boyer, William; Sullivan, Sean; Kim, Jong-Kyung. 2020. Effects of Combined Histamine H1 and H2 Receptor Blockade on Hemodynamic Responses to Dynamic Exercise in Males with High-Normal Blood Pressure. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

    Sullivan, S.P. 2019. Single, separate or unified? Exploring Christian academicians’ views of the body, sport and religious experience. In Gibbons, T., & Braye, S. Christianity and Social Scientific Perspectives on Sport. Routledge. ISBN: 9781138311176.

    Sullivan, S. 2018. “From Ancient Greece to Pyeongchang: The Olympics and Pseudo-Religion.” Christian Courier, Media & Culture Feature, February 12.

    Sullivan, S. 2017. Single, separate or unified? Exploring Christian academicians’ views of the body, sport and religious experience, Sport in Society. doi: 10.1080/17430437.2017.1360584

    McKenna Z, Berkemeier Q, Naylor A, Kleint A, Gorini F, Ng J, Kim JK, Sullivan S, Gillum T. 2017. Bovine colostrum supplementation does not affect plasma I-FABP concentrations following exercise in a hot and humid environment. European Journal of Applied Physiology. Dec;117(12):2561-2567. doi: 10.1007/s00421-017-3743-5

    Sullivan, S.P. (2012) 1930s Boarding School Sport in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Indian Schools. In Salamone, F.A., The Native American identity in sports: creating and preserving a culture. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-8708-4.

    Sullivan, S.P. (2010) God in my sporting: A justification for Christian experience in sport. Journal of the Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, V. 1, N. 1.

    Sullivan, S.P. (2008). Bigger, Stronger, Faster, Younger: Former Athletes' Perspectives of Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sport, Journal of Youth Sport, v 3, issue 2 (Spring).

    Sullivan, S., & Mechikoff, R. (December, 2004). A Man of His Time: Pierre de Coubertin’s Olympic Ideology and the Via Media. OLYMPIKA: International Journal of Olympic Studies, v. 13.

    Sullivan, S. (2004). A Meeting of Sacred and Secular: Sport as Religious Experience. University of New Mexico :Best Essays, 16, 1, p. 24-31.

    Mechikoff, R., & Sullivan, S. (2001). Peace through Sport and the Religio Athletae: Antiquated Ideas or Viable Options? The Sport Journal, v. 4, n. 4, Fall [On-line].

    Recent Presentations:
    Esparza, M. & Sullivan, S., Pearson, D. (October 2019). Understanding Body Image and Motivation in Physical Education: A Mixed Methods Approach. Presented at the Western Society for Kinesiology Annual Meeting. Reno, NV.

    Sullivan, S. (June 2018). Does it Count if You Can't Count it? Using Multiple Research Methods to Prepare Kinesiology Practitioners. Presented at the International Society for Electrophysiology and Kinesiology. Dublin, June 30-July 2.

    Sullivan, S. (September 2016). Moving Forward: Sport and Worship in the Christian Life. Paper presented at the Inaugural Global Congress on Sport and Christianity. York, UK, August 24-28.
    Sullivan, S. (November 2015). Thinking Christianly about Sport and the Body: A View of from the Academic Ranks. Paper presented at the Baylor University Institute for Faith and Learning: Spirit of Sport conference, November 7.

    Sullivan, S., Miller, A. (October 2014) Grounded in Physical Activity: How the AKA Core Four Can Help Prepare Future Professionals. Presented at the Western Society for Kinesiology Annual Meeting. Reno, NV.

    Sullivan, S. (February 2013). "Distinct but Integrated": Judeo-Christian Faculty Tensions in Understanding the Body and Sport. Paper presented at the Southwest American Culture Association Annual Meeting. http://conference2013.swtxpca.org/session/sports-2-issues-sports-popular-culture

    Sullivan, S. (July 2012). God in our Sporting: An Exploration of Faculty Understandings of Faith, the Body and Physical Activity. Paper accepted for presentation at the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport, Glasgow, Scotland, July 19-24, 2012.

    Sullivan, S. (August 2011). From Gymnastics to Athletics: Physical Activity in American Indian Boarding Schools from 1890-1940. Paper accepted for presentation at the International Society for History of Sport and Physical Education, Frankfurt, Germany, August 8-11.

    Sullivan, S. (January 2011). An Exploration of Participant Experiences in a University Based Health Related Fitness Intervention. Paper accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Health, Wellness, and Society, UC Berkeley, CA. (http://healthandsociety.com/conference-2001/)

    Sullivan, S. (January 2009). Indians at Play in the American Southwest: Boarding School Athletics, 1890-2007. Paper presented at the Hawaiian International Conference for Arts and Humanities.

    Sullivan, S. (July 2008). Indians at Play in the American Southwest: Boarding School Athletics, 1890-2007. Paper to be presented at the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport Conference,Tartu , Estonia .

    Sullivan, S. & N. MacDonald (June 2007). Educational Pathways in Athletic Training. Presented at Practical Applications in Sports Medicine Conference, Palm Springs , CA .

    Sullivan, S. & J. Sullivan (September 2006). Improving Sport Performance Using Motor Control Technology. Presented at the International Conference on Sport & Technology Development, Shah Alam, Selang or , Malaysia .

    Sullivan, S. (October 2006). Sport and Spirituality. Panel participant at the Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness annual meeting, Reno , NV .

    Sullivan, S. (May 2006). Playing Indian in New Mexico : Boarding School Athletics, 1930-1940. Paper presented at the North American Society for Sport History Convention, Glenwood Springs , CO .

    Sullivan, S. (April 2005). Native American Sport in New Mexican Boarding Schools. Paper presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance National Convention,Chicago , IL .

    Sullivan, S. (January 2005). Sport, Assimilation, and American Indian Boarding Schools in New Mexico, 1885-1940. Poster Presented at the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education, Tucson , AZ.

    Sullivan, S., & Mechikoff, R. (April 2003). Toward a Moderate Interpretation of the Olympic Ideology: Pierre de Coubertin and the Via Media. Paper presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance National Convention, Philadelphia , PA.

    Sullivan, S. (April 2003). A Meeting of Sacred and Secular: Sport as Religious Experience. Paper presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance National Convention, Philadelphia , PA.

    Sullivan, S. (April 2003). Passing the Torch: Brookes, Coubertin, and Differing Approaches to Reviving the Modern Olympic Games. Paper presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance National Convention, Philadelphia , PA.

    Sullivan, S. (2002, January). Education, Religion, Peace, and Beauty: Pierre de Coubertin’s Olympism and its Relevance for Physical Education. Poster presented at the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education Conference, San Antonio , TX .

    Mechikoff, R., & Sullivan, S. (2002, January). Peace Through Sport and the Religio Athletae: Antiquated Ideas or Viable Options? Paper presented at the National Association f or Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education Conference, San Antonio , TX .

    Mechikoff, R., & Sullivan, S. (2001, January). Philosophy, Theology, and Cultural Institutions: Their impact on Pierre de Coubertin and the Development of Olympism. Paper presented at the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education Conference, Amelia Island, FL.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Sandals Church: Licensed Minister, Small Group Leader

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Global Health Engagement: 3-week academic missional service projects in the College of Health Science

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Triathlon; road trips with family; international travel

  • Personal Philosophy

    I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else--C.S. Lewis