Dr. Nathan Meier recently moved to Irvine from Ames, IA, where he completed his B.S. '06 (Business: Management of Information Systems; German Language), M.S. '13 (Kinesiology: Exercise Psychology) and Ph.D. '18 (Kinesiology: Physical Activity Epidemiology). Over the past five years, Dr. Meier was the project manager or recruitment coordinator for a number of research studies in the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab (Dept. of Kinesiology, ISU) under Dr. Duck-chul Lee, his advisor. Each semester the lab utilized around 25-50 undergraduate research assistants, several masters students, and a postdoctoral fellow.

Dr. Meier has published a number of research articles relating to the physiological responses to stress relief methods in university students, validity of consumer-based physical activity monitors, and the relationship of physical activity and fitness on the development of glaucoma. Currently, he is working on manuscripts relating to validation of multiple methods of body composition measurement for screening age-related loss of muscle mass, strength and function (Sarcopenia), validity of a new functional test for older adults in screening for Sarcopenia, and the relationship between physical activity, fitness, strength and muscle mass with sarcopenia.

Dr. Meier and his wife Sarah enjoy being outdoors hiking, running, and biking and promote lifestyle as medicine through healthy choices around diet and exercise. Dr. Meier is also accomplished in Judo, earning his 4th degree black belt in 2017. While he was in Iowa, Dr. Meier was an active leader of the Iowa State University Cyclone Martial Arts clubs, serving as Judo Club President, Assistant Instructor, and National's Team Coach. In addition to his athletic pursuits, Dr. Meier has been active in church ministry serving as a youth group teacher and director for 9 years at the Ames Korean United Methodist church and playing acoustic guitar on the worship team at Christ Community Church.

Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Degrees Earned

  • University of New Mexico, Ph.D in Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Science 2009
  • University of New Mexico, M.S. in Physical Education Pedagogy 2005
  • New Mexico State University, B.S. in Physical Education 2000


Dr. Terry Olson serves as Assistant Professor and Co-Chair of Exercise and Sport Science at Concordia University in Irvine. Terry received his Ph.D from the University of New Mexico where he held positions of both research and teaching assistant in the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Program. Dr. Olson’s current research emphasis is on self-regulation and critical thinking of pre-service teachers in physical education. Prior to accepting the call to teach at Concordia University, Terry was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas-Arlington and began his educational career as an elementary physical education teacher in both Las Cruces, NM and Mansfield, TX.

Terry continues to work closely with the community as an advocate for health and wellness. Terry currently provides health and leadership education for numerous local non-profit organizations on their wellness initiatives and is a founder of the BREATH Foundation offering health and wellness support to the underserved population in Orange County as well as our military members at Camp Pendleton.

Prior to Terry’s academic career, he served in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft structural mechanic on FA 18 Hornets aboard the USS Independence aircraft carrier stationed in Atsugi, Japan.

When Terry is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Michele and two children Tyler (8) and Macey (6).

Program Director of Athletic Training Education

Degrees Earned

  • Union University (2014) Doctor of Education in Higher Education
  • University of Louisiana - Monroe (1992) Master of Education in Exercise Physiology
  • Southern Illinois University (1990) Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with Specialization in Athletic Training.


Cliff Pawley, EdD, ATC, enters his third year as full time faculty at Concordia University Irvine following thirteen years in athletic training administration at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is appointed as the Program Director of Athletic Training Education at Concordia, a position that he previously held at Union for 9 years. He also served as the Associate Head Athletic Trainer for Union University's men's basketball team and served 4 years that the athletic training programs Clinical Education Coordinator. Cliff holds current memberships in good standing with the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) the Southeast 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 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. In 2014 he received the Jerry Robertson Educator Award by the membership of the Tennessee Athletic Trainer Society for service to promoting athletic training education in the State of Tennessee. He also he the SEATA Education/Administration Athletic Trainer Award in 2015.

Cliff is originally from Elkville, Illinois where he graduated from Elverado High School in 1980. 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 teaching career as an adjunct instructor at the University of Mobile and Faulkner State Community College before accepting a faculty appointment at Union in 2001.

Cliff is married to the former Sherrie Cossey of Senatobia, Mississippi. They share their home in Aliso Viejo with their dogs, Beau and Chevy. Cliff has one daughter, Bethany, who is 18. Sherrie has three children, Caty, Courtney, and Codi Lyn, ages 23, 21, and 16 respectively.

His interests include cycling, body boarding, paddle boarding, roller coasters, basketball, softball, golf, physical fitness, watching college sports and spending time with his family.

Chair, Kinesiology Department

Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • M.S. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana, IL


Dr. Tammen teaches motor learning, sport psychology and historical and socio-cultural foundations of sport and physical education. His research specialty is the social psychology of sport and physical activity. Tammen has focused his research on two areas of interest - the motivation of coaches and athletes, and wellness across an individual’s life span. He is a published expert on these topics and has done thousands of hours of sport psychology service to athletes, coaches, & organizations. Dr. Tammen also helped found the Concordia University Irvine Master’s Degree Program in Coaching and Athletics Administration.

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