LSU’s Department of Kinesiology Names Melinda Solmon as Chair
BATON ROUGE – Melinda Solmon, the Roy Paul Daniels Professor in the LSU College of Education, has been named chair of the college’s Department of Kinesiology. Solmon has served as interim chair since January 2011.
Solmon has received numerous honors and awards for her work in kinesiology. In 2010 alone, she received the Curriculum and Instruction Honor Award from the National Association for Physical Education and Sport, the H. M. “Hub” Cotton Award for Faculty Excellence from the LSU Office of Academic Affairs and the Distinguished Faculty Research Award from the LSU College of Education.
She is currently president-elect of the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, or AAHPERD. She is an active fellow in the AAHPERD Research Consortium and was elected as a fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology in 2006.
Solmon earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1977, a master’s degree in physical education from LSU in 1979 and a Ph.D. in kinesiology from LSU in 1991.
Solmon served as assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology from 1991-1995 before moving on to the University of Maryland for three years. She returned to LSU as an associate professor in 1998, and was promoted to the rank of professor in 2005. She has served as the graduate coordinator since 2007.