Brian Butki is a Senior Teaching Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University and a former Semester at Sea student! He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology (French minor) from the University of Wyoming, and a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from UW as well. After a year riding his bike through France and Belgium, he completed his doctorate in Sport and Exercise Behavior from the University of North Carolina (Greensboro). He worked for a few years as an activity therapist, then he rediscovered his passion for teaching. He’s been involved in higher education for the past 20 years.
Brian teaches courses in basic health (focusing on behavioral theory), population and community health, sport/performance psychology, coaching leadership, and health behavior. He uses a very involved approach to teaching, preferring stories, discussions, and interactive activities for improved conceptual and applied knowledge. He has been awarded the CSU Alumni Association Best Teacher Award, the CHHS Outstanding Teacher Award, The CHHS Outstanding Advisor Award, and the CSU/Waterpik Excellence in Education Award.
His research interests center on children and exercise behavior. Motivation, social psychology, parental influences, cultural factors, and self-understanding are all key factors in this line of inquiry. Brian is also the Director of the CSU Youth Sport Camps, which focus on increasing and promoting physical activity among children. With over 6000 campers each summer, the camps are extremely popular and successful in promoting the importance of physical activity, and Brian enjoys forming relationships with children and families and influencing a little piece of the future through healthy programming and outreach.
Brian looks forward to the Semester at Sea experience with his wife and teenage daughters and is excited about developing new relationships with professional and future colleagues and sharing his passion for health and movement. Off the ship, Brian enjoys riding his bike, playing golf, and rooting for his beloved St. Louis Cardinals.