Nick Cutforth

Nick Cutforth

Professor and Chair, Research Methods and Information Science Department, Morgridge College of Education

Nick Cutforth is Professor and Chair of the Research Methods and Information Science Department. His research and teaching interests include community-based research and qualitative research. He has written over 30 articles and co-authored two books: Youth Development and Physical Activity: Linking Universities with Communities (Human Kinetics, 2000), and Community-Based Research and Higher Education: Principles and Practices (Jossey-Bass, 2003).  Nick’s writing focuses on school-based interventions related to physical activity and healthy eating. He has also written about community engagement and engaged scholarship, and ways in which universities can support faculty members wanting to establish community engaged careers.  He has consulted on these issues with several universities in the US and UK.  Nick is passionate about increasing opportunities for physical activity in rural schools. Since 2010, he has directed a professional development program which has improved the quality of K-12 physical education in over 40 low-income, rural school districts in the San Luis Valley and Southeast Colorado. Nick’s research has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Health Foundation.

Health & Aging | Friday, September 16, 2016

Colorado’s San Luis Valley looks like a postcard but most of the 48,000 residents don’t live picture postcard lives. The majority of the children live in poverty, and schools struggle to meet their physical, behavioral, and academic needs due to insufficient resources, lack of professional development, and other support tools. These schools need to have access to evidence-based practices that improve student well-being and achievement. However, for these practices to take root, researchers have to break down the walls between themselves and the community by continually seeking out information on the obstacles experienced by rural educators, and engaging them in developing improvements and solutions. Through stories, pictures, and testimonials, Nick Cutforth will share an approach developed with CU colleagues that has resulted in San Luis Valley schools implementing evidence-based environmental and policy changes that support child and adolescent health.