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Distinguished Service, Scholar, and Administrator Awards
Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar Award
Joanna Davenport Graduate Student Poster Award
Engaged Scholar Program
Leadership Mentor Program
Hellison Interdisciplinary Research Grant
NAKHE Fellows

Distinguished Service, Scholar, and Administrator Awards

Please send Distinguished Service, Scholar, and Administrator Award nominations and inquires to Andrew Shim at Swcd12002@yahoo.com. The deadline for Distinguished Award nominations is September 15, 2018.

  • Distinguished Administrator Award
    • The Distinguished Administrator Award is bestowed on a person who through application of administrative/managerial skills has made significant contributions to the profession and/ or related fields, both within and beyond the higher education community, and has been a contributing member of NAKHE continuously for at least five years. Qualified nominees shall have achieved at least one of the following criteria with distinction:
      1. Successful experience as an administrator within a program of kinesiology or physical education in higher education, in at least one of the following categories:
        1. Dean or Assistant/Associate Dean of a school or college in which kinesiology or physical education is a unit
        2. Chairperson of a kinesiology or physical education department in a college or university
      2. Advancement of the goals and ideals of the profession through the application of managerial skills within other groups/organizations. 
        1. Executive director/president/program leader for a kinesiology or physical education discipline-related organization/conference
        2. Director of a regional /national/international physical education project/activity
        3. Dissemination (publication, presentation, teaching) of scholarly/academic innovations concerning physical education administration that have impacted physical education nationally
        4. Leadership in kinesiology or physical education as a member of a governing body
        5. Record of influence outside the profession of higher education that has served physical education as a discipline beyond the institution
  • Distinguished Service Award
    • The Distinguished Service Award is awarded to a person who: 
      1. Has been a member of NAKHE continuously for at least ten years.
      2. Has given outstanding service to NAKHE as evidenced by achievement in at least five of the following categories:
        1. Officer of the corporation
        2. Member of the Board of Directors
        3. Chair of a committee
        4. Member of committee(s) for at least two years
        5. Attendee at annual conference(s)
        6. Speaker at annual conference(s)
        7. Invited lecturer: Amy Morris Homans, Dudley Allen Sargent, or Delphine Hanna
        8. Workshop leader
        9. Contributor to NAKHE publications
  • Distinguished Scholar Award
    • The Distinguished Scholar Award is  awarded to a person who has made a significant contribution to kinesiology and physical education in higher education through scholarly pursuits within a multi-disciplinary perspective and has been a contributing member of NAKHE continuously for at least five years. Nominees will be judged on their contributions by showing distinction in at least one area with contributions in two or more other areas.
      1. Author of a book(s)
      2. Author of articles in professional or lay periodicals
      3. Editor of book(s) or monographs
      4. Researcher who develops, executes and reports significant research 
      5. Lecturer at professional meetings
      6. Other scholarly areas not listed above
  • List of Past Distinguished Award Recipients

Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar Award

Please send Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar inquires to Andrew Shim at Swcd12002@yahoo.com. The deadline for Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar Open Paper submissions is September 15, 2018.

  • The National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE) invites new professionals, employed for a period of 5 or less years and is currently at an institution of higher education, to participate in a special program at the 2019 conference in Savannah, Georgia on January 9-12, 2019. The 2019 NAKHE conference marks the 19th year in which the Executive Board of NAKHE has approved an Open Paper Competition to encourage the development of innovative ideas and discussions from our newest members of the profession.
  • The winner of the Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar Open Paper Competition will present the paper at a special session at the 2019 conference. In addition to this unique presentation opportunity, the Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar receives a monetary prize and is given a free membership in NAKHE for the upcoming year. The 2019 Homan’s Lecturer will serve as the respondent to the 2020 Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar.
  • Call for Papers: A call for papers is made each spring by the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education.  The NAKHE Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar Award provides an opportunity for the newest members of the higher education profession to present professional papers focusing specifically on interdisciplinary issues facing kinesiology, physical education or general higher education environments.
  • Topics: Original, unpublished research reports, position papers, philosophical statements, or a summary of the present state of an issue may serve as the basis for scholarly papers.
  • Selection Criteria:
    1. Candidates must be full-time faculty members in their first five years of employment at a college or university setting.
    2. Submissions may not have been previously published or presented.
    3. Selection of papers is made on the basis of scholarly content, organization, and pertinence to Kinesiology, Physical Education or Higher Education from an interdisciplinary perspective.  The body of the paper may not exceed fifteen (15) typed pages, doubled spaced.
  • Selection of the Winning Paper: The winner will be selected by a blind review process using the following criteria: (a) a strong connection to the review of current literature in the field, (b) writing style, (c) originality of idea/concept/style of presentation, (d) practical application potential, and (e) the potential contribution to the field.
  • Awards:
    1. The author who receives the NAKHE Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar Award is expected to attend and present his or her paper at the 2018 NAKHE conference.
    2. A $250.00 award will be presented to the selected author.
  • Method of Submission: Send two electronic copies (with author information on only one of the copies) of the paper as attachments to Andrew Shim at Swcd12002@yahoo.com.
  • List of Past Young Scholar Award Recipients

Joanna Davenport Graduate Student Poster Award

Please send Joanna Davenport Graduate Student Poster Award inquires to Andrew Shim at Swcd12002@yahoo.com. The deadline for Joanna Davenport Graduate Student Poster Proposals is September 15, 2018.

  • The National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE) would like to invite graduate students to submit poster presentations for the 2019 conference in Savannah, Georgia on January 9-12, 2019. The conference overall will provide graduate students with a wide array of sessions to attend that will have greater meaning as they prepare to enter higher education employment. Again this year there will be a special opportunity for graduate students to participate in the conference. All graduate students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a committee-reviewed graduate student poster presentation session. The poster presentations will be available for viewing at the conference. A Review Committee will select one graduate student poster to receive the Joanna Davenport Poster Presentation Prize, and the presenter will be awarded a monetary prize and a free membership in NAKHE for the coming year. The Joanna Davenport Poster Presentation Prize will be awarded at a special reception following the Delphine Hanna Lecture.
  • In addition to this session, we hope there will be time for graduate students to meet together in a less formal setting to discuss their common concerns. Our hope is to establish a connection between similar graduate programs and establish a mechanism for communication between students with similar or supportive research directions. The structure and philosophical direction of NAKHE offers a positive interdisciplinary theme that encourages sharing within and across specialty areas, and welcomes new ideas and insights from differing perspectives. There will be numerous social opportunities for graduate students to interact with NAKHE members.
  • Call for Posters: The NAKHE Joanna Davenport Graduate Student Poster Session provides an opportunity for entry-level members of the higher education profession to present posters focusing on all issues in kinesiology.
  • Topics: Original, unpublished research (current or recently completed) poster presentations and reports.
  • Selection Criteria:
    1. Candidates must be current graduate students, or have completed their graduate degree during the term prior to the conference.
    2. Selection of posters for inclusion in the poster session will be made on submitted proposals, and is made on the basis of scholarly content, organization, and pertinence to the field of physical education.
    3. Once a proposal has been selected for inclusion in the poster session, the poster should be organized within the constraints of a 2’ X 4’ area.
    4. Poster presenters will have one (1) hour prior to viewing to set their posters in the appropriate room.
    5. The posters will be displayed for at least 3 hours prior to the Delphine Hanna Reception. During this time, a committee will review the posters and select one poster to receive the award.
    6. All poster presenters must be present with their posters in the viewing area during the reception. The Joanna Davenport Poster Presentation Award will be presented during the reception.
  • Awards:
    1. A maximum of twelve (12) poster proposals will be selected for presentation at the annual conference.
    2. One $250.00 award will be presented during the Delphine Hanna Reception to the selected poster presenter.
    3. The selected presenter will also receive one-year free membership in NAKHE (including subscriptions to Quest and The International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education ).
  • Format: Send an electronic copy of the MS Word Proposal Form with a 250 word APA formatted abstract describing the focus of your presentation for the selection committee. Submit the completed Proposal Form via email attachment to Andrew Shim at Swcd12002@yahoo.com.
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: September 15, 2018
  • List of Past Student Poster Award Recipients

Engaged Scholar Program

Requests for information and applications should be sent to Tyler Johnson at tylerjohnson6@boisestate.edu. Review of applications for the Engaged Scholar Program begins April 15th.

  • NAKHE extends mentoring efforts into the area of scholarship with the Engaged Scholars Program (ESP). This program establishes mentoring and networking opportunities in the area of scholarship for tenured associate professors with the intention of supporting their career moves through the promotion process at their own institutions. The ESP will provide financial support for NAKHE members to collaborate in scholarly endeavors with established senior scholars. The intent of the ESP is to encourage those recently tenured/promoted to continue their professional development efforts and move forward to the rank of professor in collaboration with a preferred mentor/senior scholar recruited from NAKHE membership. Financial support is provided from the NAKHE Foundation.
  • Eligibility – Engaged Scholar Status
    • Must be a current NAKHE member
    • Must hold the rank of associate professor
    • Must be an active scholar with a demonstrated area of scholarship
      • Provide a current curriculum vita including information regarding current academic rank status;
      • Provide most recent scholarly endeavors (publications and presentations within the past 5 years);
      • Provide a statement of a research interest area (1 paragraph);
      • Nominate a NAKHE senior mentor (rank of professor) OR request a mentor from the ESP selection task force; and
      • Provide a possible research project (1 paragraph)
    • Must be available to collaborate with a senior scholar over a 12 month period on a joint research project
    • Assume responsibility for the production of tangible scholarly products (presentations and publications)
    • Must meet all required deadlines
  • Eligibility – Senior Scholar Status
    • Must be a current NAKHE member
    • Must be an established scholar in a subdiscipline of kinesiology
    • Must be available to collaborate with the selected Engaged Scholar on a specified research project with the intent of establishing a joint research project over a 12 month period
    • Provide a current curriculum vita
  • Engaged Scholar Program Process
    • Awards of $1,000 will be available to support the work of the ESP mentoring dyad. The intent of the program is for the engaged scholar to nominate a senior NAKHE colleague to serve as a mentor. Faculty seeking to be an Engaged Scholar who are seeking a senior partner are also welcome to apply. Multiple ESP dyads will be supported each year. The selection of ESP dyads will be made by a selection task force established by the NAKHE President. The task force will be comprised of NAKHE members who have served in leadership capacities (elected officer, committee chair, sub-committee chair, editor, etc.).
    • Once selected, the ESP dyads will collaborate for a period of up to twelve months with the intent of completing a scholarly product. The products of the collaboration should be disseminated through scholarly presentations at NAKHE conferences and in NAKHE publications – as well as other possible outlets.
  • Deadlines
    • Review of applications for the Engaged Scholar Program begins April 15th.
    • Notification of financial awards and ESP dyad couplings will be made by June 1st.
    • ESP Dyads begin collaborations in June immediately after notification of the $1,000 award.
    • The ESP dyads will present update sessions in January of the next year (7 months after award date).
    • Final project presentations will be scheduled for the annual conference 18 months after award date.
  • Requests for information and applications should be sent to:
    Tyler G. Johnson, PhD, Professor
    Professor, Department of Kinesiology
    Boise State University
    1910 University Drive
    Boise, ID 83725-1710
    208.426.5870 Office
    tylerjohnson6@boisestate.edu
  • Download the Engaged Scholar Application Form
  • Past Engaged Scholar Recipients

Leadership Mentor Program

Requests for information and applications should be sent to Jesse Germain at jesse.germain@usma.edu or telephone 845.938.5326. Applications are due by March 15 of 2019.

  • The NAKHE Leadership Mentor Program (LMP) is designed to bring together members of the kinesiology community for a one-week “shadow” experience to build future leaders through hands-on mentoring and real-world scenarios. The program is also designed to build networking and social communication between university kinesiology departments from different locations inside and outside of the United States. The suggested format for the LMP experience is a one-week (five day) visit by an aspiring kinesiology administrator to the campus of an experienced kinesiology administrator (department chair or higher-level university administrator). The desired outcome is an increased level of awareness and understanding of the position and the job requirements of a kinesiology administrator on the part of the mentee.
  • Mentee Requirements: The mentee should be a full-time faculty member at a university in a kinesiology department with a rank no higher than associate professor. The mentee may not be, nor have ever been a chair, dean or other administrative position. The mentee should have aspirations of becoming a university administrator as a career goal. The mentee is responsible for any additional costs outside the 5 days of travel, or for upgrades to housing, as well as for their own food.
  • Mentor Requirements: The requirements for a mentor include a minimum of 5 years of experience as a chair, dean or higher-level administrator. The mentor is responsible for securing campus approval and locating reasonable housing for the mentee. This may come in the form of University housing, or a hotel (the mentee has the option of not using this, but would be responsible for any additional costs). Additionally, the mentor agrees to coordinate transportation, university agendas, and any other logistical needs of the mentee.
  • Deadline: Applications are due by March 15 of 2019.
  • Application Process: Those wishing to be a mentor or mentee need to apply to the NAKHE Leader Mentor Task Force for approval. The mentee will travel to the mentor’s University and spend five days (suggested Monday through Friday) working with the mentor. All meetings and events that are attended by the mentor will be made available to the mentee (save for any that may be inappropriate – personnel meetings, etc.; alternative experiences will be arranged by the mentor). The intent is that the mentee will participate in all of the experiences of the mentor, side-by-side, whenever possible.
  • Logistics: Prior to submission of the application, the mentor should have secured university approval to provide access to campus meetings. The mentor and mentee should have agreed upon travel dates, location and housing prior to submitting an application.  (NOTE: applications do not guarantee funding. Do not to make travel arrangements until AFTER the award is received.)
  • Pairings: It is recommended that mentor/mentee pairs apply to the LMP together. However, some NAKHE members may not have a mentor in mind. NAKHE will attempt to pair the mentee with a willing mentor if requested. Suggestions will be sent to the pair, who will then apply for the award together.
  • Grant Amounts: The award shall be granted as one award to two individuals (mentee and mentor). The total amount awarded for the grant is $1500, the majority of which will fund the travel and housing costs for the mentee. Funds not used for travel or housing can be used as additional stipends. Only 2 grants may be awarded in a given year. Suggested budget guidelines are below; reimbursement to the mentee will be provided by the NAKHE Executive Director up to the limit of $1,500.

    Travel     mentee:     $350     mentor:     $50
    Housing    mentee:     $600     mentor:     $0
    Stipend    mentee:     $200     mentor:     $300
                           $1150                $350
  • Exit Requirements: Upon receiving the award, the mentor and mentee agree to the following:
    1. Adherence to all NAKHE procedures specified in the LMP, including timeframes and meeting procedures.
    2. Providing a presentation at the next annual conference about the experience.
    3. Will submit an editor-reviewed, co-authored manuscript to the The International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education within one year of the experience.
  • LMP Task Force: The LMP Task Force shall consist of the current President, Vice-President, Executive Director and two members appointed by the current President.  The two members appointed by the President shall meet the requirements of a mentor, and will not be eligible for the award in the same year that they serve on the committee. The LMP Task Force will oversee the application process and will provide notification to the mentoring dyad and to their respective universities.
  • Past Leadership Mentor Award Recipients

Hellison Interdisciplinary Research Grant

Requests for information and applications should be sent to Emily Wughalter, Committee Chair, at emily.wughalter@sjsu.edu.

  • Guidelines: The National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education Hellison Interdisciplinary Research Grant Program (IRGP) is administered through the Board of Directors and is designed to fund collaborative interdisciplinary research with the intent of connecting kinesiology researchers and researchers from disparate areas together in meaningful applied research. Individual grants will be funded up to $5000 each.
  • Purpose: The IRGP administrators are calling for ORIGINAL INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH proposals from collaborative researchers whose primary line of research is published either inside the field of kinesiology as sub-disciplines or kinesiology researchers collaborating with researchers outside the field of kinesiology.
  • Selection Committee:
    • The selection of grant recipients will be made by a committee of scholars who have shown themselves to support the Boyer model of scholarship, specifically applied with and impact of scholarship. The committee chair and membership will be appointed by the president of NAKHE for three-year appointments and approved by the BoD.  The committee should be made up of 5-7 members, including the chair.  The first committee will be made on a rotation basis, 1-3 year terms. The selection process will be anonymous, similar to submitting manuscripts for Quest.
    • Funding will not support travel for think tank initiatives. Instead, it will be used to support equipment and travel for completion of the proposed project.
  • Principal Investigator:
    • Has been a member of NAKHE for at least one full year at the time of application.
    • Is at least an associate professor in the field of kinesiology (or related field) or, if not promoted in rank, has established a strong research background.  Any faculty member may apply but membership in NAKHE prior to and during the grant period is required, similar to forwarding in manuscripts for Quest.  No preference will be given to young scholars nor mature researchers.
    • Has demonstrated research capabilities and focus as evidenced by presenting research and publishing papers in professional journals.
    • Must be on the faculty of the university where the research is to be performed.
    • Must be willing to attend the NAKHE annual conference to present research findings at the conclusion of the study (principal or collaborative investigator).
  • Collaborating Investigator:
    • If at a university, is at least an assistant professor in a sub-discipline or field that is different from the principal investigator.
    • If at an agency, corporation, or institute, is at least a program coordinator with a master’s degree or has a record of innovation and experience.
    • Has documented research capabilities.
    • Must be willing to attend the NAKHE annual conference to present research findings at the conclusion of the study.
  • Grantee Requirements;
    • Application Procedures include:
      • A summary description of the project (1/2 page);
      • List of the project coordinators, and their specialty areas (1/4 page)
      • A statement describing the manner in which the project is interdisciplinary (1/2 page);
      • The anticipated impact on the profession, community or society (1/2 page).
      • A detailed budget, (1 page).
      • CV of the applicant(s).
    • All grants are made payable to the principal investigator’s university/institution.  All such universities/institutions must have an established Institutional Review Board and a Grants/Contracts office or other office accountable for financial tracking and reporting.
    • IRB approval and informed consent for human subjects documentation must be submitted to the IRGP administrators for grant awardees prior to release of funds from NAKHE.
    • A progress report will be required in addition to a final written report including budget and a lay summary of findings for NAKHE’s use in promoting the program and its recipients.
    • All unexpended funds must be returned to NAKHE in full within 60 days of the final written report.
    • Principal Investigators must assume personal responsibility for the proposal, execution of the research plan, and presentation of the results at the NAKHE national conference.
    • NAKHE will not require grantees to sign over intellectual property or copyright to NAKHE for any publications, projects that result from receiving this grant.
    • Projects are to be completed within two years unless approved by the selection committee.
    • All written documents including publications and presentation materials, and print electronic communications that result from successful funding of the application must include the following or similar statement: “This work was supported by funds received from the NAKHE Interdisciplinary Research Grant Program.”

NAKHE Fellows

Requests for information should be sent to Steve Estes at steven.estetes@mtsu.edu.

  • Nominations for NAKHE Fellow are welcomed each year. All NAKHE members are eligible to nominate their NAKHE colleagues for this prestigious designation.
  • A NAKHE Fellow is one of the acknowledged leaders in the field of kinesiology who has the added distinction of providing outstanding service to NAKHE through a variety of contributions.
  • Each year Fellows are selected using the criteria below. Selections for new Fellows are made by a committee composed of current NAKHE Fellows. All nominations recommended by the NAKHE Fellows Committee are approved by the NAKHE Board of Directors.
  • Criteria:
    1. Significant contributions to NAKHE, including but not limited to sustained and active membership of 10 years or more, leadership on NAKHE committees, editing NAKHE publications, holding senior NAKHE leadership positions (secretary, vice president, president, or other posts), or other significant contributions;
    2. Significant contributions to the field, including but not limited to scholarly productivity, leadership in the field of kinesiology or one’s home institution, or other contributions listed in the nomination and award process;
    3. Earned academic rank of Associate or Full Professor;
    4. Completed submission of all required material for committee review (NAKHE Fellow application, current abbreviated CV)
  • Fellows nominations and supporting materials are to be sent to:
    Steve Estes, Fellow #12
    Email: steven.estetes@mtsu.edu
    Phone: 615.898.2906
  • Deadline: Nomination form and accompanying must be received by June 1 of the year prior to that in which consideration is requested (June 1, 2018 for the Class of 2019). Late nomination forms and/or those without the required materials will not be reviewed.
  • Submission Instructions How To Submit: The nominating member should submit ALL materials electronically by e-mail to Steve Estes at steven.estes@mtsu.edu. If an e-mail confirmation of receipt is not received within three business days, please call Steve Estes at: 615.898.2906.
  • Submission Checklist: Materials should be sent as e-mail attachments as follows:
    1. Completed NAKHE Fellows Nomination Form;
    2. Candidate abbreviated curriculum vita - should not exceed 5 pages and provide the most significant contributions in the noted areas;
    3. Additional letters of support from NAKHE colleagues are welcomed but not required
  • Contributions to NAKHE: The nominating NAKHE member is asked to discuss significant contributions to NAKHE, including but not limited to leadership on NAKHE committees, editing and reviewing NAKHE publications, holding senior NAKHE leadership positions (secretary, vice president, president, web master, or other posts in NAKHE), or other significant contributions to the organization.
  • Contributions to the Field of Kinesiology:The nominating NAKHE member is asked to discuss the significant contributions to the field of kinesiology, including but not limited to: scholarly productivity, leadership in the field of kinesiology or one’s home institution, leadership in professional societies other than NAKHE, and other significant contributions not listed above.
  • Download the NAKHE Fellows Criteria and Nomination Form
    • NAKHE Fellows
      • Hally Beth Poindexter (1)
      • John Massengale (2)
      • Ron Feingold (3)
      • Karen DePauw (4)
      • Joy DeSensi (5)
      • Mel Finkenberg (6)
      • Leah Fiorentino (7)
      • Mike Metzler (8)
    • Class of 2016
      • Judith Bischoff (9)
      • Marilyn Buck (10)
      • Charles Corbin (11)
      • Steven Estes (12)
      • Donald Hellison (13)
      • Samuel Hodge (14)
      • Jimmy Ishee (15)
      • Jaclyn Lund (16)
      • Camille O'Bryant (17)
      • Dean Pease (18)
    • Class of 2017
      • John Charles (19)
      • David Clarke (20)
      • Doris Corbett (21)
      • Jody Davenport (22)
      • Scott Kretchmar (23)
      • Dick Swanson (24)
    • Class of 2018
      • Betty Block (25)
      • B. Ann Boyce (26)
      • John Dunn (27)
      • Richard Oates (28)
      • George Sage (29)
      • Alison Wrynn (30)