Dr. Jack Berryman is Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle. He came to the University of Washington in 1975 after earning his doctorate at the University of Maryland, College Park. His early education included two master's degrees at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a bachelor's degree at Lock Haven State College in Pennsylvania.
Professor Berryman is active in a number of regional, national, and international history organizations. He is a founder and past president of the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild and is past president of the North American Society for Sport History. Dr. Berryman served as editor and managing editor of the Journal of Sport History and was guest editor for a special issue on "Sport, Exercise, and American Medicine" (1987). Because of his pioneering and innovative work in the history of exercise and sports medicine, Professor Berryman was elected Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He was also invited to present the D. B. Dill Historical Lecture before the American College of Sports Medicine an unprecedented two times, in 1994 and in 2004, and was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for Exceptional Contributions by the North American Society for Sport History and the Distinguished Educator Award by Lock Haven University. In 2001, Professor Berryman became the first historian to be elected Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently serves as chair of the American College of Sports Medicine's Office of Museum, History, and Archives and is the Official Historian for the College.
At the University of Washington, Dr. Berryman teaches classes which examine the historical context of modern medicine, personal health practices, various concepts of the body in different cultures, and the evolution of thought and practice relating to exercise science and sports medicine. His classes are offered to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. He has served on and directed a number of doctoral and masters student committees. Professor Berryman has been chair or a member of several University committees, including: Faculty Council on University Libraries; School of Medicine Student Thesis Committee; Committee on Animal Care; Committee on Admissions and Academic Standards; Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics; School of Medicine Faculty Council on Academic Affairs; Advisory Committee on Recreational Sports Programs; and, School of Medicine Student Progress Committee. He also serves as the coordinator for the Undergraduate Minor in Bioethics and Humanities.
Dr. Berryman was one of the contributing authors of Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1996). He is also author of Fly-Fishing Pioneers & Legends of the Northwest (Northwest Fly Fishing, 2006), Out of Many One: A History of the American College of Sports Medicine (Human Kinetics Publishers, 1995), and co-editor (with Roberta J. Park) of Sport and Exercise Science: Essays in the History of Sports Medicine (University of Illinois Press, 1992). Professor Berryman has written over 100 chapters, articles, and reviews for a variety of publications. His work has been published in Journal of the West, American Quarterly, America Historical Review, British Journal of Sociology, Journal of American History, Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Sports Medicine Bulletin, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Journal of Sport History, Maryland Historical Magazine, Conspectus of History, and Historical Journal of Massachusetts, among others. His current research includes a book tentatively titled The Evolution of Medical Views on Exercise: Physical Activity in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
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