Mabel Lee Awards

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Mabel Lee Awards


The Mabel Lee Awards recognize young members of the Alliance who have demonstrated outstanding potential in scholarship, teaching, and professional leadership. The quality of performance evidenced by recipients indicates that they will develop into distinguished members of the profession.

Lynda M. Nilges has demonstrated outstanding initiative as an assistant professor with the Department of Physical Education at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on questions related to teaching and learning in physical education from a feminist, postmodern perspective.

Lynda has established an enviable scholarly record since her entry into higher education, with 13 publications over the past six years. She has published both practitioner-oriented work and research in the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, Quest, and JOPERD. She also recently served as the editor of a feature on educational gymnastics for Teaching Elementary Physical Education.

Since earning her doctorate in 1995, Lynda has assumed a variety of leadership roles at the state, district, and national levels. Serving as the Nevada AHPERD president in 1998-1999, she coordinated the state conference and represented Nevada on the Southwest District Board of Directors and as a delegate to the Alliance Assembly. In addition to these accomplishments, Lynda has a strong record of teaching excellence, receiving outstanding student evaluations in her more than 35 university courses.

A leading spokesperson on promoting physical activity among youths, Charlene R. Burgeson has become one of the nation's most visible and articulate representatives for quality physical education. She is a public health advisor in the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Her professional responsibilities include encouraging physical activity among youths, promoting quality physical education programs, and providing training and technical assistance on physical-activity promotion to state health-department personnel. …

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