Lambdin, Abraham Win Top Honors at National Physical Education and Fitness Conference April 30, 2013
Two outstanding College of Education faculty members received prestigious honors at the recent American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) conference in Charlotte, N.C. Dolly Lambdin, a clinical professor in the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, was elected president of the AAHPERD and awarded the Margie R. Hanson Elementary Physical Education Distinguished Service Award, and Lawrence Abraham, a kinesiology and health education professor in the College of Education, was recognized with the Ruth B. Glassow Biomechanics Honor Award.
The Hansen Award honors senior professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of physical education for children. Recipients are chosen based on their service to physical education for early childhood or elementary level; leadership at local, state and national levels; and educational contributions of national significance in the area of physical education for young children.
The Glassow Biomechanics Award recognizes those who have made significant contributions in the biomechanics field in applied biomechanical research, service to the Biomechanics Academy and/or transmission of biomechanical knowledge to practitioners.
Lambdin has taught in the College of Education since 1976 and has 16 years experience teaching grades K-8 in public and private schools. As a physical education teacher education instructor, she has supervised over 100 student teachers.
She teaches elementary teaching methods and curriculum courses at the undergraduate level as well as Technology in Physical Education, Analysis of Teaching, and Current Issues in Physical Education in the master’s and doctoral programs in the College of Education’s Physical Education Teacher Education Program.
An established leader in the general area of physical education and fitness, Lambdin has received the Texas Exes Elizabeth Shatto Massey Award for Excellence in Teacher Education (2009) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s (NASPE) Physical Education Teacher Education Honor Award (2009). In addition she has been named the Texas College and University Teacher of the Year (2003) and received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the NASPE Council on School Leadership (1997).
As President of the NASPE from 2004-05, Lambdin worked to put NASPE standards in the hands of teachers, administrators and the public so that individuals at all levels would recognize quality physical education. She served on the writing teams for the Texas Physical Education Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in Physical Education; the National and Texas State Physical Education Beginning Teacher Standards; and National Physical Education Appropriate Practices Guidelines. She is a founding member of the board of directors of Active Life and serves on advisory boards for Fitnessgram, the Center for the Advancement of Standards Based Physical Education Reform (CASPER), PECentral and HealthStart. In addition she serves on the management board for the University of Texas Elementary School and the board of directors for the Trinity Child Development Center in Austin.
Lambdin has co-authored numerous texts, including “Putting Research to Work in Elementary Physical Education” with Lawrence F. Locke, and the Texty award-winning physical education textbooks. The Texty winners were “Fitness for Life: Middle School,” with Chuck Corbin and Guy LeMasurier, and “Fitness for Life: Elementary School” with Chuck Corbin, Guy LeMasurier and Meg Greiner. The elementary series includes grade level guides for classroom teachers, a guide for physical education teachers, and a comprehensive guide for coordinators. The series is designed to establish school-wide support and visibility for healthy habits, physical activity, and physical education.
To listen to Lambdin’s platform statement, which was submitted prior to the AAHPERD, visit the 2013 Candidates for AAHPERD President-Elect webpage.
Abraham is interim dean for the School of Undergraduate Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, a former chair of the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction and co-director for the award-winning and nationally replicated UTeach program. His research focus is motor skill performance and learning, human motor coordination, and innovative uses of instructional technology, such as web-based tools, for biomechanics instruction.