Assistant Professor — Kinesiology, Nutrition & Recreation
Cliff Pawley, Ed.D., ATC, enters his first year as full-time faculty at SEMO following previous appointments at Concordia University in Irvine, California and Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He previously served as Program Director of Athletic Training Education and was the Faculty Athletics Representative at CUI. Dr. Pawley holds current memberships in good standing with the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) the Far West Athletic Trainer’s Association (FWATA), and the California Athletic Trainers Association (CATA). He was certified by the National Athletic Trainer's Association Board of Certification in 1990 and has been licensed to practice in the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee. He was appointed to the State of Tennessee Board of Athletic Trainers in 2011 and also served as a liaison to the TATS Education Committee.
Cliff is originally from Elkville, Illinois. Following four years of service in the United States Navy, Cliff pursued degrees from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale (Bachelor of Science, 1990), University of Louisiana - Monroe (Master of Education, 1992), and Union University (Doctor of Education, 2014) with emphases in athletic training, exercise physiology, and higher education respectively. His background of professional practice includes 10 years of service at three private physical therapy practices in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Fairhope, Alabama and Bay Minette, Alabama in which he was responsible for coordinating outreach sports medicine programs for Pascagoula, Moss Point, Daphne and Baldwin County High Schools. Cliff began his teaching career as an adjunct instructor at the University of Mobile and Faulkner State Community College before accepting a faculty appointment at Union University in 2001.
Cliff is married to Sherrie (Cossey) Pawley, originally from Senatobia, Mississippi. They share their home in Jackson, Missouri with their dog Memphis. His interests include cycling, bodyboarding, paddleboarding, roller coasters, basketball, softball, golf, physical fitness, watching college sports, and spending time with his family.