Dr. Watt Black Meadows Scholars Secondary Education Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of Dr. Watt Black and intended for full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in secondary education.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education Department of Teacher Education and Administration in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in secondary education or an advanced student whose background and interests are in secondary education at the University. In the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in Teacher Education and Administration at the University will be eligible for consideration.

Bessie and Joe Killen Education Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of Bessie and Joe Killen and intended for full-time undergraduate and graduate students majoring in education and seeking a teacher certification.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full-time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in the College of Education at the University seeking a teacher certification; in the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in the College of Education will be eligible for consideration.

Note: This scholarship may continue to be awarded to a previous recipient on an annual basis in successive years if the recipient reapplies for this scholarship and continues to meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.

Tao Zhang

Associate Professor, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, Director, Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory
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Office: 
Physical Education Building 210-B
Phone: 
940-565-3415
Email: 
tao.zhang@unt.edu

Dr. Tao Zhang earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Kinesiology from Shanghai University of Sport, and his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 2009 and has been at the University of North Texas since that time. He was a former lecturer and coach at Shanghai University of Sport and Shanghai Aquatic Sports Center in China, where he led his women’s rowing teams to win two national championships. As a Kinesiology scholar, Dr. Zhang has made more than 110 research presentations at international and national conferences, published about 50 refereed research articles and book chapters, (co-)authored more than 70 peer-reviewed research abstracts and conference papers, and completed 15 funded research projects in the U.S and China. His research focuses on supportive physical activity environments, achievement motivation, and youth physical activity and health promotion from social, psychological, pedagogical, and behavioral perspectives. He was inducted as a Research Fellow in the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) in 2012, and earned the Mabel Lee Award from SHAPE America in 2013. Since 2010, he has already mentored both undergraduate and graduate students who have received state, national, and international awards for their research. He earned the Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award from SHAPE America in 2017. Dr. Zhang has been a reviewer for 15 scholarly journals in Kinesiology and Education. He serves as the Editorial Board Members for the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, Journal of Teaching, Research, and Media in Kinesiology, Journal of American College Health, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. He has also served on several committees of professional organizations (American College of Sports Medicine, SHAPE America, and American Educational Research Association’s Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education SIG), and received the Outstanding Service Award from the International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health in 2012. Recently, Dr. Zhang hosted more than 50 visiting professors and scholars from Chinese Universities, including Shanghai University of Sport, East China Normal University, Beijing Sport University, Tongji University, and Hunan Normal University.

Karen H. Weiller-Abels

Assistant Chair, Associate Professor, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs
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Office: 
Physical Education Building 209-A
Phone: 
940-565-2856
Email: 
Karen.Weiller@unt.edu

Kinesiology Undergraduate Program Coordinator PhD 1986 - Texas Woman's University - Humanistic Foundations of Physical Education Specialization in Elementary Physical Education, Sociology of Sport, and Women in Sport Former Chair of the Sport Sociology Academy Former Southern District Representative to the Council on Physical Education for Children Former Editorial Board of Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators Authored or Co-Authored 26 peer-reviewed papers, plus various other publications. Presented more than 50 papers at professional meetings. Research interests: Gender issues in sport across the lifespan, with a focus on media representation women in sport; Youth pedagogy

Recent Publications

Bridges, J. & Weiller-Abels, K. (2013). Movement education language word card deck. Sportime/School Specialty.

Weiller-Abels, K. & Bridges, J. (2012) Human Kinetics.

Faculty member Pam Harrell wins 2011 Teacher Scholar Award

Pam HarrellResearch scientists, scholars, engineers and artists were among those honored at the 2011 Annual Research Reception and Awards presentation Nov. 1.

Fifteen faculty were nominated for their curiosity, commitment, research contributions and creative activity. The Office of Research and Economic Development began the tradition of an awards ceremony in 2009 as a way of acknowledging the many ways faculty research makes a profound difference at UNT, in the community, in Texas and in the global community.

COE faculty member Pamela Harrell won the Teacher Scholar Award. This award honors a mid-career faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in research or creative productivity while also performing in an extraordinary manner as a teacher. 

Harrell has been a faculty member at UNT for 11 years teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary Education. Her scholarship is tied to studying teacher quality and teacher effectiveness with the aim of improving the overall quality of education for students.

Her research demonstrates that student achievement is critically linked to teachers’ abilities both to comprehend and to effectively communicate subject matter. To this end, she has directed ambitious projects and has implemented pioneering teacher certification programs designed to improve teachers’ proficiency, lesson planning, and instruction techniques, especially in science and mathematics.  She is highly regarded in the field for her numerous and significant contributions to pedagogy and curricular innovation.

Harrell’s advocacy to support the professional development of teachers is matched by the excellence and passion she brings to the classroom as a teacher herself. She is consistently among the highest rated teachers in her department. Many letters of appreciation from students have described how she has assisted them in achieving their learning goals.

Julie West,  Office of Research and Economic Development

Joseph Thomas Walker

Principal Lecturer, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation
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Office: 
Coliseum 024-B
Phone: 
940-369-7176
Email: 
joseph.walker@unt.edu

Reaching a Higher Level

Griffith, M. & Walker, J.

Aquatics International, 21,1, 62-64.

 

Published

Physical Activity in the Park Setting (PA-PS) Questionnaire: Reliability in a California State Wide Sample

Walker, J., Mowen, A,. Kruger, J., Morrow, J., Hendrick, W., Bricker, K.

Journal of Physical Activity and Health 6(Suppl 1)

 

Published

An Investigation of ADA Compliance of Aquatic Facilities in the North Texas Area

Pike, H., Walker, J.,Collins, J. & Hodges, J.

American Journal of Health Promotion 23,2,139-146

 

Repositioning Aquatics Employment

Griffith, M. & Walker, J.

Park and Recreation Business, 7,5, 39-41.

 

Benefits Based Staffing

Walker, J. & Griffith, M.

Park and Recreation Business 6,12, 46-47

Jakob Langberg Vingren

Associate Professor, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, Director, Applied Physiology Laboratory, Associate Chair for Research and Graduate Affairs
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Office: 
Physical Education Building 210-H
Phone: 
940-565-3899
Email: 
jakob.vingren@unt.edu

Dr. Jakob Vingren received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas before pursuing a Ph.D. in Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut (currently ranked the #1 doctoral program in the country). During his undergraduate education he was a walk-on on the UNT football team as a tight end and took part in the Developing Scholars Mentor Program within the College of Education. Dr. Vingren’s research interests include resistance exercise and the effect of alcohol on hormones, muscle and athletic performance. One of the more out of the ordinary research projects he has worked on included resistance training of chronically intoxicated rats.


Recent Publications

Buddhadev, H. H., Vingren, J. L., Duplanty, A. A., & Hill, D. W. (2012) Mechanisms underlying the reduced performance measures from using equipment with a counterbalance weight system. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(3):641-647

Armstrong, L. E., Casa, D. J., Emmanuel, H., Ganio, M. S., Klau, J. F., Lee, E. C., Maresh, C. M., McDermott, B.P., Stearns, R. L., Vingren, J.L., Wingo, J. E., Williamson, K. H., & Yamamoto L. M. (2012) Nutritional, Physiological and Perceptual Responses During a Summer Ultra-Endurance Cycling Event. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(2):307-318.
    
Hill, D. W., & Vingren, J. L. (2012) Effect of pedaling cadence on maximal accumulated oxygen deficit. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 112(7):2637-2643.
    
Mazerolle, S., Ganio, M., Casa, D. J., Vingren, J. L., & Klau, J. (2011) Is oral temperature an accurate measurement of deep body temperature? A systematic review. Journal of Athletic Training, 46(5), 566?"573 (impact factor: 1.993)
    
Comstock, B. A., Solomon-Hill, G., Flanagan, S. D., Earp, J. E., Luk, H. Y., Dobbins, K. A., Dunn-Lewis, C., Fragala, M. S., Ho, J. Y., Hatfield, D. L., Vingren, J. L., Denegar, C. R., Volek, J. S., Kupchak, B. R., Maresh, C. M., & Kraemer, W. J. (2011) Validity of the Myotest® in Measuring Force and Power Production in the Squat and Bench Press. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(8), 2293-2297. (impact factor: 1.848)
    
Hill, D. W., & Vingren, J. L. (2011) Maximal accumulated oxygen deficit in running and cycling. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 36(6):831-8
    
Vingren, J. L., Buddhadev, H. H., & Hill, D. W. (2011) Smith machine counter-balance system affects measures of maximal bench press throw performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(7), 1951-6.

Marisa Moore

Lecturer, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation
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Office: 
Physical Education Building 210-G
Phone: 
940-565-3426
Email: 
Marisa.Moore@unt.edu

M. Jean Keller

Professor, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation
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Office: 
Physical Education Building 205-K
Phone: 
940-565-3427
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Jean.Keller@unt.edu

Published

Changing Student Behaviors in Changing Times. 

Estes, M.

Council for Exceptional Children Conference

 

Published

Keys to Healthy and Ethical Professional Helping.

 

 

Therapeutic Recreation Symposium for the Southwest

 

Published

Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities:  Experiencing Death as a Part of Life.

ARC’s 50th Annual Conference

 

Published

The 36-Hour Day (4th Edition).

 

 

Reviewed in ACTIVITIES, ADAPTATION & AGING

 

Published

Multi-Domain Interventional Trails for Memory Disorders.

 

First Alzheimer’s Association - Lou Ruvo Brain Institute Think Tank Meeting

Lee Ancona

Lecturer, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation
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Office: 
Physical Education Building 209-C
Phone: 
940-565-2071
Email: 
Lee.ancona@unt.edu

Dr. Ancona graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and a Master's Degree in Health Promotion from the University of North Texas in 1976 and 1986 respectively.  He began teaching in the department as an adjunct professor in 1982.  He became a full time Lecturer in the Spring of 2012.  He finished a Ph. D. in Health Studies and Higher Education at Texas Woman's University in May 2000. Dr. Ancona spent a 30 + year career as a teacher and coach in the public schools of Texas in urban, suburban, and rural school districts. His interests are in teaching and advising undergraduate students. Dr. Ancona academically enjoys corporate wellness, drugs and human health, and sexuality education. His research interests are in the relationship between spirituality and health.

Dr. Ancona teaches many of the undergraduate courses in the division of Health Promotion and is also coordinator of the Internship program. 

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