Lynn Romejko Jacobs
Associate Professor & Department Chair
Ph.D., Texas Woman's University
3101 University Blvd, Ste.234
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Lynn Romejko Jacobs' prior appointment (1980) to S.M.U. found her developing
a passion and interest in adult fitness as the physical supervisor at the Dallas
Cardiac Institute working to rehabilitate patients who had undergone heart
surgery. She also spent two years as an Athletic Director for the oil
corporation, the Western Company of N.A. in Ft. Worth, Texas. Designing
employees' fitness programs along with coordinating incentives and benefits
within the company were strategic to the success of this experience. These two
experiences prepared her for a continued growth in adult fitness and wellness.
Lynn joined the faculty at SMU in 1980 as an Assistant Professor. During her
early years she designed and implemented a well received exercise program for
the faculty and staff, the "Out to Lunch Bunch". She assisted Dr. Birdie Barr in
implementing a comprehensive wellness program with employee benefits in the
early 1980's. Teaching highlights during this period of the '80's focused on:
ballroom/folk dance, corporate fitness practicum and internships for the
Physical Education majors on the Corporate Fitness Track.
In the 1990's, Lynn took part in a spearhead committee to design the current
"CHOICES for Living Program" along with Dr. Birdie Barr and Dr. Peter Gifford.
This committee designed our current wellness program that delivers two general
education requirements for all SMU students-Concepts of Wellness and CHOICES II
activity classes. The mission of this program is to:"empower students to make
meaningful choices". Also, during this time (1990), Lynn initiated the wellness
experience out at the SMU in Taos, Fort Burgwin Research Center in Taos, New
Mexico, one of the SMU auxiliary campuses. She designed and developed the course
"Mountain Sports" which is still sought after by many SMU students when studying
at the Taos campus. She also initiated the indoor cycling course,"spinning" for
the CHOICES II activity curriculum.
Along with Dr. Peter Gifford, the chair of the Applied Physiology and
Wellness department within the Simmons School of Education and Human
Development, Lynn helped to create and develop a new major, Applied Physiology
and Sport Management (September 2007-present). She has been
named the Director of Applied Physiology and Enterprise (concentration of the
major, Applied Physiology and Sport Management). She teaches the courses in
Nutrition and Applied Physiology and Enterprise along with supervising the
majors' internships for the Applied Physiology and Enterprise concentration.
Lynn is also the advisor for these majors.
Lynn currently serves as a representative from the School of Education to the
Center for Teaching Excellence Advisory Board, (August 25, 2008 - Present). This
center's mission is: establish university wide programs that promote and
encourage teaching excellence.
Other appointments of service that Lynn has rendered to the university are:
faculty facilitator for the Common Reading Experience (August 2008 - Present),
Catholic Campus Ministry Board member and chair at S.M.U. (2005-2007), Athletic
Council for the Faculty Senate (2003-2005), Gender Equity Committee (2003-2004),
University Judicial Council (1997-2000), and Student Policies Committee for the
Faculty Senate (1986-1989).
Awards Lynn finds meaningful to her spanning 36 years of teaching are:
Distinguished University Citizen Award, Southern Methodist University (provost's
office, May 17, 2008- given once a year to faculty that have distinguished
themselves through service within the university and out in the community); Hope
Award for teaching excellence, S.M.U., 2003; Sam Taylor Fellowship scholarship,
October, 1982 and the Outstanding Big Sister Award for Tarrant County, 1981.
Dr. Peter Gifford and Lynn have currently designed a research project which
is underway (Fall, 2009). The topic: "Reality versus Perception: Percent Body
Fat and Body Mass Index Scores in College Student". Some of Lynn's earlier
research relates to her current research pursuits: "An Analysis of the Somatograms of the Reference Woman, Young Caucasian Women (ages 20-24) and Young
Hispanic Women Currently Residing in Texas", AAHPERD Research Poster Consortium
Session, April 1994, Denver, CO.
Lynn's long term commitment to the SMU wellness program can be exhibited in
several of her publications and presentations: "Did Wellness Work at SMU?"
Health Values, Vol. 10 No. 5, September/October, 1986 (co-authored with Dr.
Marilynn Barr), "SMU Wellness: the Holistic Approach" seminar at Hunt Oil
Corporation, Dallas, TX. 1998, "SMU Wellness" , presentation at GTE Corporation
Headquarters, Irving, TX. November 1993, "Physical Education to Wellness:
Undergraduate Wellness Requirement" AAHPERD National Convention, Washington
D.C., 1993, and 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education,
"Wellness and the College Student: Innovative Instructional Strategies and
Meaningful Student Outcomes"(Gober, 2008), Academic, International, published in
proceedings, January, 2009. This international conference presentation has been
requested to be submitted as a possible publication to the Research in
Higher Education Journal.
Lynn Jacobs' Teaching Philosophy
"I absolutely love the dynamic exchange between student and teacher
not knowing quite how any session in the classroom will end up. The possibility
of me as the teacher changing a space in the world so that the students I taught
are different than they were before I taught them amazes me. I do have an
unshakable belief in the individual's capacity to learn and change. Teaching is
igniting one to think and live differently. This belief has kept me in the
profession for thirty- six years.
Yes, it is a transformative experience through a creative
relationship. Both teacher and student are transformed; both are learning
partners and facilitators of the process. No longer in education is the scenario
the sage on the stage; it is the guide on the side. Teachers can no longer hide
behind the podium."
B.A. Southern Methodist University, 1974, Texas Secondary Teaching
Certificate in Physical Education, Health and Speech Arts
M.A. Southern Methodist University, 1978
Ph.D. Texas Woman's University, 1989, Kinesiology (exercise science emphasis)
Dissertation: "An Analysis of the Somatograms of the Reference Woman and Young
Caucasian Women (age 20-24 years)" Reference Woman of the 1940's (Behnke's) with
Reference Woman of the 1980's. The research focuses on comparing body type
differences expressed through somotagrams (circumference measurements).
Current Professional Licensures and Certifications:
"Primary Group Exercise Certification", Aerobics and Fitness Association of
America, National. (February 2007 - Present).
Lead adults in group exercise with safety and sound biomechanical and
"Adult and Child CPR&Airway Management", NOLS-Wilderness Medicine Institute,
International. (March 30, 2008 - March 30, 2010).
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. This certificate is used while working with
students in a physical setting.
"Wilderness Safety", NOLS, International. (March 30, 2008 - March 30, 2010).
Safety, rescue and lifesaving procedures to use in the wilderness. This
certificate was used to teach in the SMU in Taos program.
"Spinning License/Certification", Madd Dogg Athletics, International. (July
2005 - July 2009).
I am certified to teach spinning on specialized indoor bikes and train people
to improve their cardiovascular endurance.
Mentoring of a Sudanese refugee family of nine through Texas Catholic
Charities (2002-current). Activities include fieldtrips, teaching sports, art,
cooking and involving the S.M.U. wellness students who receive credit for their
required out of class experience portion of the Concepts of Wellness Course.
Soupmobile: raising money for this homeless meal delivery program and
dispensing the food (2003-2006)
Meal on Wheels: delivering food to the clients through Highland Park Methodist