Gary Nihan

Gary Nihan

Professional Details

Title: Instructor
Office: OK-114
Phone: 978-542-2567
Resume: Gary Nihan [DOC 138KB]

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1178 01 EDU462P Student Teaching Practicum in Elementary Physical Education
1523 01 SMS171 Fundamentals of Exercise and Conditioning I
1524 01 SMS172 Fundamentals of Exercise and Conditioning II: Group Leadership and Dynamics
3186 02 SMS171 Fundamentals of Exercise and Conditioning I
3187 02 SMS172 Fundamentals of Exercise and Conditioning II: Group Leadership and Dynamics
3928 P1 EDC891P Student Teaching Practicum in Secondary Physical Education
4155 P1 EDC890P Student Teaching Practicum in Elementary Physical Education

Professional Biography

Doctor Gary Nihan is the retired K-12 Director of Health and Physical Education for the Danvers Public Schools in Danvers, Massachusetts. Previous to the Danvers Public Schools, Doctor Nihan was an administrator and teacher in the Reading Public Schools in Reading, Massachusetts. During his thirty-six year career in public education, Professor Nihan held a wide range of responsibilities that included teaching physical education and health education in grades Pre-K through 12, assistant principal, interim principal, director of adult and community education.  Professor Nihan received his Doctorate in Education in Curriculum Leadership from Northeastern University.

Doctor Nihan also works with school districts in Massacusetts and Maine that have been awarded Carol M. White Pep Grants. In this capacity, Professor Nihan provides technical assistant in grant management, evaluation, grant implementation and sustainability strategies.

Professional Interests

Professor Nihan has a wide range of professional interests. These interests include  teacher evaluation, curriclum design in physical education & health education, instructional strategies, pre-service teacher education, standards based assessment in physical education & health education, evidenced based approaches in preventing bullying behaviors in schools, including athletics. 


Currently, Doctor Nihan supervises teacher candidates during their full practcum experience during the fall and spring semester. He also teaches First Responder, Fundamentals of Fitness and Golf.

Selected Publications

Nihan,G. (2011) 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.                                                                

Nihan, G. (July 18, 2009) Boston Globe Editorial - Failing to Make the Grade in  Physical Education.    

Nihan, G. (May 7, 2006) Boston Globe Editorial - Youth Need More Time Behind the Wheel.                                                              

Nihan, G. (Sept. 5, 2010) Boston Globe Interview - A Culture that Exposes Bullies 

Nihan, G. (2010) Parenting Magazine – Addressing Bullying Behavior in Schools   

Selected Presentations

Gallo, Nihan, Ruseckus,  AAHPERD National Convention, Charoltte, North Carolina (2013) Presentation – April

            25, 2013, Developing a Sequentional K-12 Curriculum in Physical Education 

Nihan, Ruseckus, EDCO Professional Development Series, Newton Massachusetts (2013) Presentation -

            March 14, 2013,  Demonstrating Student Growth in Physical Education through NASPE PE Metrics,

D’Antonna, R., Nihan, G., AAHPERD National Convention (2011) Presentations – April 1, 2011, Best Practices 

            in Tackling Bullying Behavior in Athletics,  April 1, 2011, The How and Why of Implementing a Bullying 

D’Antonna, R., Nihan, G., MAHPERD State Conference (2010) Presentations – November 15, 2010 - Best

            Practices in Tackling Bullying Behavior in Athletics, November 16, 2010 -The How and Why of

            Implementing a Bullying Prevention Program

Personal Interests

Professor Nihan enjoys living an active lifestyle that includes indoor and outdoor cycling, downhill skiing and golf as well as reading fiction.