Noted physical education expert and clinical professor Dolly Lambdin recently was elected president of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE), a 20,000-member national organization that promotes research and best practices in health and physical education, physical activity, dance, and sport.
Lambdin, a faculty member in the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, was named to the new position at SHAPE’s annual conference.
As SHAPE national spokesperson, Lambdin will promote quality physical education, physical activity, and sports programs as well as lend expertise in national policy debates regarding childhood obesity and inactivity.
Over the course of her career she has supervised more than 100 student teachers and currently teaches undergraduate-level elementary teaching methods and curriculum courses at The University of Texas at Austin. She also has taught Technology in Physical Education, Analysis of Teaching, and Current Issues in Physical Education in the masters and doctoral programs in the department’s Physical Education Teacher Education Program.’’
Prior to becoming SHAPE’s president, Lambdin served the organization in several other capacities at state and national levels. She was president of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), one of SHAPE’s associations; a member of the NASPE executive board; and a National Workshop Leader for Program Improvement in Physical Education.
Lambdin also has received several prestigious awards from SHAPE (formerly the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), including the Margie Hanson Elementary Physical Education Service Award, NASPE Physical Education Teacher Education Honor Award, and the Outstanding Leadership Award from the NASPE Council on School Leadership.
She has been with the College of Education for 36 years and for 14 of those also was teaching in public and private elementary schools. Lambdin has co-authored “Putting Research to Work in Elementary Physical Education” and two Texty-award-winning physical education textbooks with Lawrence F. Locke; “Fitness for Life: Middle School” with Chuck Corbin and Guy LeMasurier; and “Fitness for Life: Elementary School” with Corbin, LeMasurier, and Meg Greiner.
Also honored or featured at the SHAPE conference were professor Louis J. Harrison (Department of Curriculum and Instruction), who was named chair of SHAPE’s Research Council, and associate professor Darla Castelli (Department of Kinesiology and Health Education), who was a general session speaker at the International Forum on Physical Literacy.