Bartholomew and Harrison Named Fellows in National Academy of Kinesiology October 3, 2012

(l to r) Dr. Patty Freedson, president of the National Academy of Kinesiology; Dr. John Bartholomew; Dr. Waneen Spirduso, University of Texas at Austin's Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

(l to r) Dr. Melinda Solmon, chair of Louisiana State University's (LSU) Department of Kinesiology; Dr. Patty Freedson, president of the National Academy of Kinesiology; Dr. Louis Harrison, Jr.; Dr. Amelia Lee, former chair of LSU's Department of Kinesiology

Dr. John Bartholomew and Dr. Louis Harrison, Jr. were recently inducted as Fellows in the National Academy of Kinesiology, the premier national professional organization for scholars in the field of kinesiology.

Bartholomew is interim chair for the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education and is a Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Faculty Fellow and director of The University of Texas at Austin’s Exercise and Sport Psychology Laboratory. He’s gained national attention for his extensive research and writings on the impact of exercise on mental health.

Harrison is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s Cultural Studies in Education program. He’s an award-winning researcher in the area of racial identity and physical activity choices and performance, with a special interest in the factors that influence African Americans’ sports participation and physical activities and how these affect identity development. His goal is to determine how physical educators and coaches can work to erase racial stereotypes and broaden the notions of what academic and physical activities various students can and should pursue.

The induction ceremony took place during the Academy’s 81st annual meeting in September and was celebrated with a special banquet on the last evening of the conference.

The National Academy of Kinesiology is an honorary organization composed of Fellows who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of kinesiology through scholarship and professional service. The Academy encourages and promotes the study and educational applications of human movement and physical activity and honors, by election to Fellow, those individuals who have contributed significantly to this purpose. Fellows in the National Academy of Kinesiology reflect a “who’s who” of eminent scholars in the field.

The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education is ranked number one in the nation among public universities (U.S. News & World Report’s “2013 Best Graduate Schools”) and number three overall nationally.

Last updated on October 3, 2012