COE dean visits Costa Rica to share expertise, celebrate new Ph.D. program

Dr. ThomasPhoto courtesy of Felipe Araya-Ramírez

Dr. Jerry R. Thomas, professor and dean of the College of Education, visited San Jose, Costa Rica in July to give the keynote address at a conference celebrating the establishment of a new Ph.D. program. The National University of Costa Rica and the University of Costa Rica just launched a Ph.D. in Human Movement Sciences, the study of physical activity.

"This will be the only PhD in Human Movement in Costa Rica and all of Central America. Rather than seek doctoral preparation in the U.S. or Europe, many more faculty will be able to pursue their PhD locally and this will greatly improve their programs," said Thomas.

Thomas' keynote address, "The Evolution of Research in Kinesiology," was given at the opening ceremony to nearly 200 attendees. He also met with masters and doctoral students from both universities on research design and data analysis in kinesiology and addressed faculty on writing research for publication.

Both universities use Thomas's textbook, Research Methods in Physical Activity, which provides an overview of the research process and available methods for students researching within all subdisciplines of kinesiology and exercise science as well as physical therapy, rehabilitation, and occupational therapy. The book has been translated into seven languages and is now in its sixth edition.