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Nihan, Gary

Adjunct Instructor
Northeastern University
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Education

Academic Focus

Elementary teacher preparation and health education


Ed.D. - Northeastern University - Curriculum, Teaching, Learning & Leadership
M.S.Ed. - Boston State College
B.S. - Boston State College


  • Special Subject Supervisor, Health and Physical Education (K-12)
  • Massachusetts Principal / Assistant Principal (Pre K-6)
  • Special Subject Teacher, Health and Physical Education (K-12)
  • American Heart Association CPR / AED  
  • ACE certified personal trainer in fitness instruction
  • Adventure Based Instructor with strong knowledge of low and high ropes instruction
Professional Experience

Adjunct faculty - Salem State University
Supervisor of student teachers in health and physical education - Boston University
Temporary full-time faculty - Salem State University
Director of health and physical education - Danvers Public Schools
Coordinator of health and physical education - Reading Public Schools


Awards & Recognitions
  • Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education, Dance and Recreation  - “Honor Award – 2010” recognized for outstanding ability as practitioner and administrator in the field
  • Massachusetts Interscholastic Wrestling Officials Association -  Interscholastic “Wrestling Official of the Year – 2009”
Research & Publications

Nihan,G. (2013) Peer Reviewed Contribution to Chapter, Letters from the Field, Effective Strategies for Teaching Physical Education In L. Ciccomascolo & E. Sullivan (eds.), The Dimensions of Physical Education and Health Education: An Introduction to the Discipline Boston: Jones & Bartlett.

(July 18, 2009) - Boston Globe Editorial - Failing to Make the Grade in Physical Education     
(May 7, 2006)  - Boston Globe Editorial - Youth Need More Time Behind the Wheel               
(Sept. 5, 2010) - Boston Globe Interview - A Culture that Exposes Bullies  
(June 2010) - Parenting Magazine – Addressing Bullying Behavior in Schools  

Selected Presentations

Developing a Sequential K-12 Physical Education Curriculum
Using Data to Improve Your GPRA Goals
Best Practices in Tackling Bullying Behavior in Athletics
The How and Why of Implementing a Bullying

EDCO Professional Development Workshop
Demonstrating Student Growth Through NASPE PE Metrics
Bringing 21st Century Skills to Physical Education
Demonstrating Student Growth Through NASPE PE Metrics,
Best Practices in Tackling Bullying Behavior in Athletics,
The How and Why of Implementing a Bullying Prevention Program

Professional Memberships & Affiliations
  • American Association of Physical Education, Health, Recreation and Dance
  • National Association of Sports and Physical Education
  • NEA/ MTA and RTA
  • Massachusetts Interscholastic Wrestling Officials Organization