Kulinna honored by international PE research association

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Erik Ketcherside

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At the 2016 conference of the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education, Pamela Hodges Kulinna was inducted as an AIESEP fellow. Kulinna, a professor in Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, is only the 50th scholar to be so honored in the history of the organization.

Founded in Lisbon, Portugal in 1964 as Association Internationale des Écoles Supérieures d’Éducation Physique, AIESEP is an international, nonprofit professional association promoting research in physical education, physical activity and sport pedagogy. AIESEP is multilingual and multicultural, comprising universities, colleges, institutions and individual members representing 47 nations.

To be considered for AIESEP fellowship, a scholar must have international recognition of academic and professional development, and must be well-published in reviewed and online journals.

Hans Peter Brandl-Bredenbeck, director of the Institute for Sport Science in Augsburg, Germany, announced the selection of Kulinna at AIESEP’s annual conference, held in June in Laramie, Wyoming.

“It’s an encouraging task to recognize the scholars who are involved in AIESEP,” Brandl-Bredenbeck told the assembly. “This is a prestigious program with a long tradition and a quite widespread community over diverse countries and continents.” He introduced Kulinna as “a well-known scholar in the field with more than 120 national and international presentations, and more than 70 refereed research articles.”

As the newest AIESEP fellow, Kulinna joins a select group of scholars from 19 nations throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and the Middle East. She is the 12th U.S. scholar to be selected. Since 1964, 50 scholars have been recognized for excellence in research scholarship and professional practice in physical education, physical activity and sport pedagogy.

“It’s an incredible honor,” Kulinna said of her induction. “I respect all my colleagues in this organization and in the field.” She said the fellowship will provide additional opportunities to advance the cause she is most passionate about: encouraging and supporting active schools.

At last year’s AIESEP conference in Madrid, Kulinna led a workshop in methods to embed activity in a school’s culture. She said this most recent recognition will help her work with her peers to disseminate that philosophy. “We can spread the word and work together toward more healthy and active schools around the world,” she said.

A faculty member of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College since 2003, Kulinna is beginning a new research project called “Healthworks,” exploring how a focus on active lifestyles and healthy eating within schools may lead to future healthy behaviors in students. She was co-editor of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, and reviews for other journals including Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oregon. While completing the master’s degree in physical education, Kulinna was a professional dancer with Ballet Eugene.