2020 CHSE Staff & Faculty Awards Announced


The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education presented Staff and Faculty Awards on Monday, January 6, 2020. These awards honor outstanding individuals dedicated to learning, scholarship, and community engagement.

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Tyree Mitchell, School of Leadership & Human Resource Development Assistant Professor, was the recipient of the Advocate for Diversity award for his research, teaching and mentoring activities, and service at LSU and beyond.

Dr. Mitchell has been a strong advocate for diversity through his work with doctoral students and in his creation of Project PHinisheD. This program focuses on the retention and success of underrepresented graduate students in the college. Fifteen students participated in 2019-2020 – during this time two students successfully passed their dissertation defenses.

Dr. Mitchell single-handedly took on the responsibility of redeveloping and reactivating the Leadership minor. He introduced the Assessment Center module to teach students about the practitioner tool for guiding introspective leadership development insight among the students.

Among his many accomplishments he recently completed a major research project for NASA, was co-principal investigator for an NSF grant, and was selected as a Greenleaf Scholar by the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. In addition to his research, he has been published in Frontiers in Psychology and the Harvard Business Review.


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The recipient of the Distinguished Research award was Senlin Chen, School of Kinesiology Associate Professor, for his research in youth physical activity, wellness promotion, and obesity prevention.

Dr. Chen has 57 articles published in high quality research journals, is author or co-author for 73 national/international refereed research presentations, and has made 35 professional presentations at local, regional, national and international gatherings. He is the principal investigator for an R21 Grant from the National Institutes of Health, and has been a co-principal investigator for more than $3 million on related projects.

Thanks to his reputation and visibility in the community of science, Dr. Chen has been elected or appointed to important leadership positions such as the Chair of American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Group #93 and Chair of Comprehensive School Physical Educators SHAPE). He has been a Fellow of the SHAPE Research Council since 2014, won the Western Society for kinesiology and Wellness 2016 Young Scholar Award, and the International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health Early Career Research Excellence Award.



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The Distinguished Teaching award was presented to Jennifer Qian, School of Education Associate Professor Professional Practice, for her dedication to develop students that are prepared and confident to enter the world of Educational Technology.

One student said, “Professor Qian is very kind, polite, and accessible. She took time out of her schedule to answer my questions and provide clarity. Moreover, she provided prompt and thorough feedback on weekly forums and on more significant projects; she even went out of her way to encourage pre-submission of work so that we could get feedback on our work prior to our final/formal submission of an assignment. Between her accessibility, thorough feedback, and promptness to reply to emails and forum posts, it is quite clear that Professor Qian is very committed to her work and students. She is a jewel for the university.”

“Dr. Qian’s unending dedication to her students, colleagues, and the community of LSU shows her desire and commitment to positively impacting the lives of those students she teaches,“ commented another student. “She is committed to building competitive and rigorous online educational technology programs that will draw national attention to LSU’s commitment to excellence.”


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Per Svensson, School of Kinesiology Assistant Professor, received the Early Career award for his outstanding record of instruction, research, and service. Dr. Svensson’s research focus is on sport-based organizations aimed at addressing social issues, specifically investigating organizational capacity and innovation in Sport Development and Peace.

Dr. Svensson has 29 articles published in high quality research journals and is first author on 19 of those. He has co-authored two book chapters and has made 41 conference presentations. The quality of his scholarship has been recognized internationally by his peers, as he has received four separate awards for best conference research paper (2017 and 2018 European Association for Sport Management Best Conference Paper, 2019 Asian Association of Sport Management Outstanding Conference Abstract Award, and 2019 Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand Best Conference Research Paper Award).

Not only is his research impressive having only completed his PhD in 2015, but he brings his passion and high level of energy to the classroom. “Dr. Svensson is an excellent professor and brings an enthusiastic atmosphere to the classroom,” said on of his students. “His teaching style facilitates group discussion and keeps all students involved.”

Dr. Svennson is the co-editor for the Journal of Sport for Development, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics and has served as a guest editor for Managing Sport and Leisure.



Erin Richard, Assistant Professor School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, received the Engagement award for incorporating components of service-learning in each of her courses allowing students the chance to serve the Baton Rouge community.

Photo of Erin RichardIn nearly all of her courses, students work on real consulting projects with organizations of their choosing. She encourages the students to choose local non-profit organizations that may fulfill critical needs that might not otherwise be addressed. Some examples include a needs assessment of employees at six different branches of the Capital Area YMCA, and created training and non-training interventions for the Walls Project Futures Fund.

Students in these courses develop a better understanding of how the field of Human Resource Development can contribute to the community. One student reflected, “this service learning area is giving me more insight with non-profits and how they operate and give back to people. This helps me build my responsibility and outlooks.”

Another student said, “this organization (Walls Project) teaches children of Baton Rouge artistic skills that are often neglected in public schools…It is important for you, especially those who are living in poverty or in low income households, to have a sense of community and to fulfill the need for social belongingness.”

Dr. Richard also applied her research interest in workplace emotion management and occupational health as a member of the inaugural CHSE Wellness Committee. She developed a self-directed, online training module on Emotional Wellness available to CHSE faculty, staff, and students.


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Terri Michel received the Outstanding Staff Service award for her exceptional managing of the pre-award process for external grants and contractual funding, budget development for grant submissions, and management of contracts and reports once the grants are awarded.

Terri smoothly executes the detailed, difficult, and complicated tasks associated with sponsored research. Currently for the Social Research and Evaluation Center alone, she oversees the funding of more than 20 projects. Not only does she work with the LSU faculty and centers, she attends meetings with external stakeholders and partners. She carefully negotiates often difficult discussions with multiple local, state, and federal partners.

Her colleagues describe her as trusted, extraordinarily competent, dedicated, hard-working, easy-going, a team player, and always going above and beyond for her colleagues.



Please join us in celebrating these colleagues’ achievements. Congratulations from the College of Human Sciences & Education! 

At a glance:

Tyree Mitchell | Advocate for Diversity

Senlin Chen | Distinguished Research

Jennifer Qian | Distinguished Teaching

Per Svensson | Early Career Award

Erin Richard | Engagement

Terri Michel | Outstanding Staff Service