Felicia Cavallini

Professor of Physical Education

Dr. M. Felicia Cavallini

Email Address

Office Number

864-488-8357

Born and raised in San Antonio Texas, physical activity and sports have always been a part of Felicia¹s life. Leading the city of San Antonio in scoring both her junior and senior years in high school, Felicia averaged over 25 points a basketball game. Graduating from Providence High School in the top of her class, Felicia was All-State in volleyball, basketball and track.

A 1984 graduate of Rice University, Dr. Cavallini received a B.A. in Education and Kinesiology with a concentration in Coaching/Teaching from the Department of Human Performance and Health Sciences while earning academic honors. A dual sport outstanding athlete at Rice, Felicia played both volleyball and basketball. While earning a M.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, Felicia was an assistant coach of the women¹s basketball team at UTSA. In the seven years to follow, Dr. Cavallini coached women¹s basketball at Siena College, Providence College, University of Southern Indiana and Colgate University. In addition, Felicia taught and coached in secondary education in the state of Texas.

Pursuing a doctorate degree, Dr. Cavallini served on the faculty of Health and Human Performance at Rice University for seven years while also serving as a resident associate with students. While on faculty at Rice, Felicia directed the University Wellness Program. She was honored numerous times as a "Distinguished Faculty Member" at Rice and was voted by students as the faculty member who made a significant impact in the Rice community.
Earning her doctorate degree at the University of Houston in Physical Education (Pedagogy), Dr. Cavallini became an assistant professor at Lamar University in the Department of Professional Pedagogy. In her first year at Lamar, Dr. Cavallini won a grant which enabled her to travel to Mexico to study the Hispanic physical activity level in Mexico which would inevitably be compared to the Hispanic physical activity level in the United States. Her research emphasis at Lamar included acculturation, demographic background, basic knowledge of health and fitness concepts, physical activity level, gender differences, barriers to exercise and exercise adherence within all populations, especially the Hispanic population.

In her last eight years as associate professor at Limestone, Dr. Cavallini has accomplished numerous presentations and peer review publications both nationally and internationally while becoming a 2 time recipient of the Limestone College Fullerton Teaching Award. In more recent years, Dr. Cavallini teamed up with the Department of Health and Environmental Control in the state of South Carolina to implement a "Community Gardens" grant at Limestone College and Cherokee County. From 2010-2013, she directed, implemented and presented a feasibility study assessing the walkability and physical activity readiness on the Limestone College campus, surrounding Historical Neighborhood, nearby Downtown area and the Old Mill section of Gaffney, South Carolina. She is currently applying for local, regional and national funds to implement a first rate fitness trail that can connect these areas. Just recently, during her ninth year as professor, Cavallini was awarded the prestigious, internationally distinguished Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant for 2014-2015 as a Visiting Research Chair in the Human Health and Nutritional Sciences Department at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Cavallini will teach and undergo research in collaboration with the faculty and serve as an ambassador to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Canada.

Professional Accomplishments

  • All-State in volleyball, basketball and track.
  • B.A. in Physical Education (Teaching/Coaching) from the Department of Human Performance and Health Sciences at Rice University while earning academic honors.
  • Dual sport athlete at Rice
  • M.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Collegiate women¹s basketball coach
  • Instructor at Rice while also serving as a resident associate with students
  • Honored numerous times as a "Distinguished Faculty Member" at Rice and was voted by students as the faculty member who made a significant impact in the Rice community
  • Doctorate degree at the University of Houston in Physical Education
  • Assistant Professor at Lamar University in the Department of Professional Pedagogy
  • Won a grant which enabled her to travel to Mexico to study the Hispanic physical activity level in Mexico
  • Accomplished numerous presentations and peer review publications both nationally and internationally at Limestone College
  • 2 time recipient of the Limestone College Fullerton Teaching Award
  • Teamed up with the Department of Health and Environmental Control in the state of South Carolina to implement a "Community Gardens" grant at Limestone College and Cherokee County
  • Directing and implementing the fitness trail project aimed at connecting the Limestone College campus, surrounding Historical Neighborhood, the nearby Downtown area and the Old Mill section of Gaffney, South Carolina
  • Awarded the prestigious, internationally distinguished Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant for 2014-2015 as a Visiting Research Chair in the Human Health and Nutritional Sciences Department at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada

Education

  • BA in Physical Education (Teaching/Coaching); Rice University; Houston, Texas
  • MA in Education (Curriculum and Instruction); University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas
  • Ed. D. in Education (Physical Education); University of Houston, Texas