Assistant Professor José A. Santiago, Ed.D., is an asset to the College of Health Sciences, bringing a wealth of working knowledge of practical experiences, curriculum, and instruction in the field of physical education.
Santiago has been an assistant professor at SHSU for four years, teaching a multitude of courses ranging from Elementary Physical Education to Skill Themes and Movement Concepts. Currently, he serves as the program coordinator for Physical Education Teacher Education program.
Santiago says he built his teaching philosophy on humanistic and developmental perspectives strategies.
“It’s really important for me to learn the names, interests, strengths, preferences and abilities of my students quickly, and then we can begin to know and understand one another,” he says. “I’m a student-centered educator; I like to provide practical, hands-on experiences to my students and give them the tools to succeed.”
Santiago’s teaching style and success was recently recognized by The Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, presenting him with the 2013 University Physical Education Teacher of the Year award.
Santiago says he was grateful to receive the award, describing the honor as the high point of his career to date, and also acknowledged the award is a testament to the quality programming offered by the Health and Kinesiology department.
“Our entire department is centered on our students, geared toward the needs of our students; we are a very nurturing faculty dedicated to raising the bar and putting our students in a position to succeed,” he says. “Our goal is for our students to be successful upon graduation, and we are eager to put them in the workplace to be responsible and productive.”
As part of the College of Health Sciences, the department will continue to offer undergraduate students a Bachelor of Science degree in Health as well as a Master of Arts in Health for graduate students.
Santiago says he is encouraged by the establishment of the College of Health Sciences, and sees the college uniting the Medical & Allied Health Programs, the Department of Health and Kinesiology, and the School of Nursing under a shared philosophy.
“The emphasis of the college is good and our program will contribute to its mission.he says. “I am very excited about the establishment of the College of Health Sciences.”