Paulo Freire (1970) defines praxis as reflection and action directed at the structures to be transformed. The National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education is committed to transforming the historical and contemporary structures that serve as physical and ideological barriers to success and wellness. The intent of this honor is to uplift and recognize scholarship, service, and teaching that is produced by faculty who identify as members of historically marginalized or minoritized groups, and to highlight work that seeks to drive emancipatory socially just outcomes. The Praxis Lecture is a living symbol of the support given to scholars and leaders who have far too often been overlooked as well as those who are invested in theoretical and practical work focused on equity, diversity, and integration. The honoree(s) of the Praxis Lecture are encouraged to dedicate their presentation in honor of a contemporary or historical member of the allied fields of kinesiology in recognition of standing on the shoulders of greatness.
2021 Camille O'Bryant - In Honor of Doris R. Corbett
2022 Newton Jackson - In Honor of Dr. LeRoy T. Walker
2023 Jared A. Russell - In Honor of Dr. Jepkorir Rose Chepyator-Thomson