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Outstanding Faculty


Outstanding Faculty

The Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) has a long history of outstanding faculty. Our faculty excels in teaching, research, and service. HHP faculty have received the highest honors given by professional and scholarly organizations.  International award winners have been Dr. Furney (Fellow, North American Society for HPERSD) and Dr. Knudson (ISBS Life Member). National award winners include Dr. Knudson (NAKHE Sargent Award and NASPE Glassow Award), Dr. Patton (NATA Hall of Fame), and Dr. Wiley (ASHA Howe Award).   At the state level Dr. Furney has received the David K. Brace Award (TAHPERD) and Dr. Tinker Murray and Dr. Knudson have received the TAHPERD Scholar Award. Several faculty have received the award for outstanding article published in a volume of a peer-reviewed journal in their field.

Dr. Steve Furney was named one of the first University Distinguished Professors of Texas State University, and in 2012 he was named a 2012 Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. The Piper Professor Award is for outstanding faculty in higher education in throughout Texas. Dr. Ting Liu received the Halverson Motor Development Young Investigator Award from NASPE in 2011 and the university 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity. Dr. Lyn Litchke received the university 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Service.

Selected Recent faculty publications:

Liu, T., Hoffmann, C., & Hamilton, M. (2017). Motor skill performance by low SES preschool and typically developing children with PDMS-2. Early Childhood Education Journal, 45, 53. doi:10.1007/s10643-015-0755-9

Williams, R.D., Housman, J.M., Odum, M., & Rivera, A.F. (2017). Energy drink use linked to high-sugar beverage intake and BMI among teens. American Journal of Health Behavior, 41, 259-265.doi:10.5993/AJHB.41.3.5

Zimmermann, J.M. & Tower, J.R. (2017). Leisure Management: All about the ‘what and the ‘who’. World Leisure Journal; 59 (1) 2-5. DOI: 10.1080/16078055.2016.1277608

Weiss, M.R., Bolter, N.D., & Kipp, L.E. (2016). Evaluation of The First Tee in promoting positive youth development: Group comparisons and longitudinal trends. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 87, 271-283. doi:10.1080/02701367.2016.1172698

Meaney, K. S., Liu, T., & Duke, L. E. (2016). Creating entrepreneurial and innovative fundraising opportunities through service-learning. Kinesiology Review, 5, 255-262. doi:10.1123/kr.2016-0024

Knudson, D. (2016). A Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) primer for kinesiology leaders. Kinesiology Review, 5, 215-220. doi:10.1123/kr.2016-0018

O’Sullivan, D., Fife, G.P., Pieter, W., Lim, T., & Shin, I. (2016). Resultant linear acceleration of an instrumented head form does not differ between junior and collegiate taekwondo athletes' kicks. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 5, 226-230. doi:10.1016/j.jshs.2015.01.004

Murphy, T.C., Tidwell, D.K., Hall, M.E., Williams, R.D., Briley, C.A., & Hunt, B.P. (2016). Exploring a health living variable using the theory of planned behavior. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 3, 187-197.  doi:10.14485/HBPR.3.3.1

Doucet, B.M., Mettler, J.A., Griffin, L., & Spirduso, W. (2016). Force irregularity following maximal effort: The after-peak reduction. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 123, 244-257. doi:10.1177/0031511251666.274

Murphy, T.C., Tidwell, D.K., Hall, M.E., Williams, R.D., Briley, C.A., & Hunt, B.P. (2016). Exploring a health living variable using the theory of planned behavior. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 3, 187-197.  doi:10.14485/HBPR.3.3.1

Liu, T., Fedak, A.T., & Hamilton, M. (2016). Effect of physical activity on stereotypic behaviors of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. International Journal of School Health, 3, e28674. doi:10.17795/intjsh-28674

Mettler, J.A., & Griffin, L. (2016). Muscular endurance training and motor unit firing patterns during fatigue. Experimental Brain Research, 234, 267-276. doi:10.1007/s00221-015-x

Allen, T., Choppin, S., & Knudson, D. (2016). A review of tennis racket performance parameters. Sports Engineering, 19, 1-11. doi: 10.1007/s12283-014-0167-x

Knudson, D. (2016). Mentoring excellence in the kinesiology academy. Quest, 68, 151-158. doi:10.1080/00336297.2016.1151451