Donald F. Staffo

Professor/HPE Dept. Chair Emeritus
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Dr. Staffois beginning his 45th year in education and his 27th year at Stillman. An HPE department chair for 33 consecutive years, the last 26 years at Stillman where he was the college’s longest-running department chair. He has the distinction of being only the 4th person in the country to receive the three highest national awards given by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He is the recipient of 4 national, 4 state, 5 distinguished alumni, one regional and five institutional awards. He is in 3 Halls of Fame. He is the most and highest honored, most published, and longest running department chair in the history of Stillman College, as well as the first Stillman faculty member and department chair to be honored with the title emeritus.

He also was Athletic Director at Stillman and was instrumental in starting the football program. He received the first sabbatical leave from Stillman in 30 years. Prior to coming to Stillman in 1985, Dr. Staffo was Director of Physical Education and Athletic Director at Alice Lloyd College where he
implemented the physical education major and ALC’s move into the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and into the National Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Earlier he was a physical education teacher, athletic director and coach of boys and girls sports in the public schools of New York State for 11 years. As a coach his teams won three championships and never had a losing season. Closing in on 66 years of age Dr. Staffo is still an avid physical fitness enthusiast and HPE role model. A former age-group modified tri- athalon winner, he continues to run, bike and swim long  distances, as well as play baseball.

Research Interests

Sports history
Physical Fitness

For the past 33 years Dr. Staffo has simultaneously maintained a second- career as an award-winning and nationally-published sports journalist. His
articles have appeared in numerous national publications including The Sporting News, Basketball Times, Baseball Digest and USA Today. For the
last 28 years he has covered University of Alabama football and basketball for the Associated Press, as well as for several publications including Bama Magazine, Touchdown Alabama Magazine, Alabama Alumni Magazine, The Tuscaloosa News and the Northport Gazette. Dr. Staffo is also a
consultant and motivational speaker who is frequently called upon to speak at commencements, athletic banquets, civic and fraternal clubs  Papers/Publications Author of 10 books, more than 2,000 articles including 117 scholarly publications in International, National and State professional journals, and a research-based health & fitness newspaper column that ran for more than 20 years in 21 newspapers in several states, including in The Tuscaloosa News from 1987 through 2001. Also 73 presentations on the national, state and local level. He has served on 35 editorial and advisory boards, including currently serving on one international editorial board and one national editorial board.


Ph.D. -The Ohio State University (1978) in Administration of Health, Physical Ed. and Athletics. Completed post-doctoral work in the Injury Prevention Center in the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama- Birmingham
M.A. – Western Kentucky University (1970) Health & Phys. Ed.
B.S. –SUNY-Brockport (1968) Health & Physical Ed.


-AAHPERD Luther Gulick Medal (highest national award)
-AAHPERD Honor Award (2nd highest national award)
-AAHPERD Charles Henry Award (3rd highest national award)
-National Health & Fitness Association Henderson Award

-AAHPERD Southern District SparkPlug Award (covers 13 states)

-Alabama State Association HPERD Honor Award (highest state award)
-ASAHPERD Ethnic Minority Leader
-ASAHPERD PRIDE Award (Professional Responsibility for DeliveringExcellence)
-Alabama Press Association 1st Place Award for Best Sports Feature Story

-The Ohio State University College of Education & Human Ecology Hall of Fame (highest honor)
-State University of New York Brockport Hall of Heritage
-Stillman College Zeta Phi Beta Hall of Fame

-The Ohio State University School of Physical Activity & Educational Services Distinguished Alumni Award (highest award)
-SUNY Brockport Distinguished Alumni Award
-Fulton-Montgomery Community College Distinguished Alumni Award
-SUNY Brockport Alumni in the Spotlight
-SUNY Brockport Distinguished D’Agostino Scholar Lecturer
-Little Falls (NY) High School Commencement Speaker

-Gore Teacher of the Year
-Scholar of the Year (twice)
-Advisor of the Year
-Humanitarian of the Year
-Stillman’s first-ever Dept. Chair Emeritus
-Numerous national and state citations

-On Editorial Board of the International Journal of Sports Management
-On Editorial Board of Athletic Management
-Past Editor of the Alabama State Assoc. Health, Physical Ed., Recreation and Dance Journal
-Rotated off of the Editorial Boards of The International Council of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance-Sport Journal of Research; The Physical Educator; among many others

Physiology of Exercise
Organization & Administration of Phys. Ed. and Athletics
Coaching & Officiating
Lifetime Wellness