11/17/2011 04:43 PM
BATON ROUGE – The Oregon State University, or OSU, Alumni Association has presented
LSU College of Education Associate Professor Maria Kosma with the 2011 OSU Young Alumni
Kosma was nominated by Bradley J. Cardinal, a professor of social psychology of physical
activity and co-director of the sport and exercise psychology program in the College
of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU.
“By all indications, Dr. Kosma’s time at Louisiana State University has been exceptional
and productive, involving multiple research collaborations and strong and positive
student evaluations of her teaching,” Cardinal said in his nomination letter. “She
has also been a conscientious and willing contributor in the area of university and
Kosma participated in various departmental activities at OSU between Nov. 2 and Nov.
6. She was a featured speaker at the “Classes Without Quizzes” homecoming seminar.
“She did a wonderful job representing LSU here at OSU,” said Cardinal. “Her presentation
during the ‘Classes Without Quizzes’ program was quite thought-provoking and yielded
a great deal of audience participation and response. That was terrific fun to see
Kosma earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sport science at the National
& Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, in 1997 and a master’s degree in exercise
and sport science/adapted physical activity from the University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä,
Finland, in 1999. She earned a doctorate in philosophy in exercise and sport science/movement
studies in disabilities from OSU in 2003.
“During my doctoral studies at OSU, I enjoyed a multifaceted academic program, and
since I was hired at LSU, I have been enjoying a rich culture and a diverse and strong
student body,” said Kosma.
Kosma’s research focuses on the study of theory-based psychosocial determinants of
physical activity for improved health, using advanced statistical and methodological
techniques among adults with physical disabilities and older adults. She includes
service-learning experiences to enhance student learning by applying theory to practice
in her teaching.
She has received many honors and awards, including the Graduate Student Research Award
from the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education,
Recreation and Dance, or AAHPERD, in 2003, Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation from
the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Sport and Exercise Psychology
Academy in 2004 and the Mabel Lee Award for young professionals from AAHPERD in 2007.
She was named a fellow in the AAHPHERD Research Consortium in 2008.
“Dr. Kosma is becoming a distinguished national and international leader in the area
of physical activity and health promotion among people with physical disabilities
and other at-risk and underserved population segments,” said Cardinal. “I believe
she is an outstanding young alumnus of OSU.”
For more information about the LSU College of Education Department of Kinesiology, visit http://educ-coe.lsu.edu/coe/Kinesiology/index.html.
Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011