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What was your previous position and where?My previous position was as an elementary physical education specialist with the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.
What brought you to LSU?The department chair of kinesiology notified me that there was a position available and that I qualified. At the time — in 1973 — there were no search committees. By the time the position was to be filled in the spring of 1974, search committees were a must. I interviewed and was hired. I became the first person hired by a search committee in our department.
What is your research interest?My position has not mandated that I conduct research, but I have taken part in many studies and done some of my own research in discipline models and curriculum theory.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?I enjoy the interaction with students. I love teaching and enjoy seeing them and hearing them talk about something we have studied in class. I do a unit on the ancient and modern Olympic games and always have students come back to see me or email me after an Olympic year. They enjoy the symbolism of the opening ceremonies and are able to appreciate all the history surrounding this global event.
What are your major accomplishments?I have been fortunate during my 38 years to be surrounded by incredible faculty. Our department has made major changes over the years to keep up with changing student demands, global health problems like obesity and lack of physical activity, and being viable on the international scene. I have been a part of the development of two new degree programs and a complete overhaul of our undergraduate concentrations. All of these efforts have resulted in more students, greater success of our students getting into advanced programs and a strengthening of relationships with community partners. I, personally, have enjoyed volunteer work with the American Heart Association, the Louisiana Obesity Council and the Governorís Council for Physical Fitness and Sports.