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LSU’s Russell Carson Honored by National Association for Sport and Physical Education

03/26/2012 03:15 PM

BATON ROUGE – The National Association for Sport and Physical Education, or NASPE, presented its 2012 Helen M. Heitmann Curriculum and Instruction Young Scholar Award to Russell L. Carson, assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. NASPE presented the award during the 127th National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, or AAHPERD, March 13 – 17 in Boston.


Carson received this recognition for his exceptional contributions to research in the field of curriculum and instruction. In 2011, Carson received the Mabel Lee College/University Award from AAHPERD for accomplishments across his scholarship, teaching and service.


Carson’s scholarship focuses on the psychological processes of teachers. His initial research examined the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of physical education teacher motivation. He has extended this work to all teachers, and is particularly interested in understanding the linkage between teachers’ daily emotional exhaustion, on-the-job performance and overall burnout.


More recently, Carson has taken a lead role in developing and researching a Director of Physical Activity certification program that provides current physical educators with the knowledge, skills and attitude to effectively deliver a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program in their respective school.


To date, Carson has received more than $240,000 in funding for his research activities from sources that include Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living Research program, NASPE and The Spencer Foundation.


“Russ’ research has allowed for a better understanding of how teachers react to daily events which is important for assessing ways to change workplace conditions for the better and to help teachers feel rejuvenated,” said Thomas Templin, professor at Purdue University. “Through his work, he has emerged as a leading force in his field of scholarship.”


Carson has authored and co-authored more than 50 research presentations at national and international meetings and has been published in six book chapters and 20 journals.Carson has also directed two three-week academic summer abroad programs at LSU, in Italy in 2008 and in New Zealand in 2010.  


The NASPE is a non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport. NASPE’s 15,000 members include: K-12 physical education teachers, coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, sport management professionals, researchers and college/university faculty who prepare physical activity professionals. NASPE seeks to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice and increase support for high-quality physical education, sport and physical activity programs. It is the largest of the five national associations that make up AAHPERD.  For more information, visit


The College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology is concerned with the many aspects of human movement and its application to physical activity and the quality of life. Graduates gain a broad understanding of health and exercise and apply their expertise in schools, community fitness centers, hospitals, rehabilitation units, businesses and industries and a variety of sports settings.


For more information about the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, visit

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