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Michael Paciorek

Faculty Compliance Associate

Michael Paciorek


B.S. in Physical Education -  St. Bonaventure University (1975)
Master's in Adapted Physical Education - George Washington University (1977)
Ph.D. - Peabody College of Vanderbilt University (1981)

Professional Summary

Dr. Michael Paciorek, a professor of physical education in the EMU College of Health and Human Services joined the Office of Compliance in January 2006 as Faculty Compliance Associate.

He taught adapted physical education in the Norfolk (Va.) City Schools from 1976-1979, and holds national certification in adapted physical education. Paciorek is known for his work in the field of disability sport having been on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Michigan for 12 years. He was a member of the United States Disabled Sports Team that competed in the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain and worked in classification at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. He was on the evaluation team for the 1995 Special Olympic World Games and was co-coordinator for disabled athlete participation at the 1990 and 1991 U.S. Olympic Festivals in Minneapolis and Los Angeles respectively. Additionally, he spent 14 years in the United States Army Reserves rising to the rank of Major.

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Additional Information

Paciorek has written extensively in professional journals and his book “Disability Sports & Recreation is in its Third Edition. Since arriving at Eastern Michigan in 1981 Paciorek was the Physical Education Program Coordinator while teaching classes in adapted physical education, motor learning and development and disability sport. In 1999, he served as the President of the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPER&D). While at EMU he has received the Eastern Michigan University Distinguished Faculty Award for Service in 2000 and the EMU Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award in 1994. Professionally, he has received the MAHPER&D Distinguished Honor Award in 2005; the National Consortium on Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities Outstanding Service Award in 1999; and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Adapted Physical Activity Council  Professional Recognition Award in 1999.

Paciorek and his wife Karen, a professor of early childhood education at EMU have two sons: Clark (28) and Clay (25).

The Physical Education Program is part of the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance, 318 Porter Building, 734.487.0090