E. Michael Loovis

E. Michael Loovis, PhD, CAPE, FAAHPERD

Cleveland State University

Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and Director, Motor Development Center

Contact Information

Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Cleveland State University

2121 Euclid Avenue PE 225

Cleveland OH 44115-2214

Phone: 216.687.4879

Fax: 216.687.5410

Email: e.loovis@csuohio.edu

The Ohio State University, MS and PhD


E. Michael Loovis was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon earning his doctorate in adapted physical education from The Ohio State University (1975), Dr. Loovis was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1975 to 1978. It was during this tenure that he co-authored a funded training grant with the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped. Dr. Loovis subsequently relocated to Cleveland State University (CSU) where is has been on the faculty of the College of Education and Human Services for 31 years. His primary teaching responsibilities have been in the areas of adapted physical education, motor development/learning, human development, and most recently organizational development in the college’s Urban Education doctoral program. He founded and has directed the Adapted Physical Education Laboratory/Clinic, which is in its 32nd year of operation. Dr. Loovis is the author of the O.S.U. Scale of IntraGross Motor Assessment, which is an informal assessment tool used to measure fundamental motor skills and patterns with both typically and atypically developing children and youth. He is an original contributor to Adapted Physical Education and Sport (4th ed.) edited by Dr. Joseph Winnick. He has published over 40 articles, research studies, and book chapters, and he has made over 40 international and national presentations--many at the International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity. He was a member of the team in the United States that developed the Adapted Physical Education National Standards and the certifying examination. He is a CAPE, a certified adapted physical educator. He is a member of the Research Consortium of AAHPERD and currently serves on its nominations committee. He also is a member of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, the Council for Exceptional Children, the American Society for Training and Development, and Phi Epsilon Kappa (a physical education honorary).

Research Interests

  • Autism

  • Applied behavior analysis

  • Intellectual disability

  • Kolb’s experiential learning cycle

  • Development of motor skills in children and youth

Practice Interests

  • Clinical experience in motor learning and performance with individuals with disabilities

Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health Involvement

  • Faculty appointment

Capstone or Practicum Areas of Expertise

  • Disability issues