Springfield College Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Health Education Mara Simon recently received the Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar Award during the annual National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE) Conference. The award is part of an open paper competition that encourages the development of innovative ideas and discussions from the NAKHE’s newest members of the profession.
As part of being named the Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar Award recipient, Simon presented her research paper at a special session during the NAKHE Conference. Simon’s research focused on the racialized experiences of ethnic minority pre-service physical education teachers, who are enrolled in predominantly white institutions of higher education.
“The theme of this year’s conference is developing leaders of change, so to be recognized with the Young Scholar Award and have a chance to present my research on a very visible platform, establishes Springfield College as a place committed to fostering pre-service teachers who are leaders of change themselves,” said Simon.
Simon added, “My presentation at the NAKHE Conference provides a link between scholarship in the field of kinesiology, specifically the subfield of physical education, and Springfield College, an institution well-known for the quality of its physical education teacher education program. That link only strengthens when communicating the Springfield College Physical Education and Health Education program’s commitment to research, teaching, and service for an audience comprised of faculty and educators of kinesiology in higher education.”
Simon also attended numerous sessions during the NAKHE Conference, along with the annual business meeting at the conference in order to be a full-participating member of the NAKHE organization.