KHPR faculty member named SHAPE America Fellow

Xiangli Gu, an assistant professor in the UNT College of Education’s Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation department, was recently named one of six new research fellows for the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America in 2017.

“The SHAPE America Society of Health and Physical Educators Research Fellow is selected by nomination only from other established research fellows,” Gu said. “To date, SHAPE America has recognized 87 research fellows in the Sport Pedagogy research area since 1959, and I am so proud of being a member of them.”

According to Gu’s profile page on the College of Education website, her “research focuses on achievement motivation in physical activity and health promotion; the behavioral mechanism of childhood obesity including physical activity, physical fitness and motor skills assessment among youth; and how those behavioral variables may affect school-aged students’ academic performance and health outcomes. The long-term goal of [Gu’s] research agenda is to develop optimal school-based intervention programs that aim at childhood obesity prevention and promoting cognitive health, especially in low-income minority groups.”

SHAPE America focuses on the health of young children in the United States with regards to physical activity. Since 1885, SHAPE America has provided the U.S. with research about physical activity and its benefits to children and young adults.

Gu has been a part of many services for the Research Council of SHAPE America since 2008. She has served as a reviewer for the SHAPE America Official Journals (Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport) as well as the research papers of each annual convention.

Gu has received grant support as well as research awards from SHAPE America. Gu’s undergraduate and graduate students have also received research awards from SHAPE America under her mentoring.

“I feel very honored to be recognized by the largest professional organization in our field,” Gu said. “In the meantime, I am also proud of being able to represent UNT at the professional levels. I would like to extend my appreciation to my colleagues, chair and deans since I cannot obtain this great honor without their help, encouragement and support.”

Gu will be commended for this professional recognition the SHAPE America National Convention and Expo in Boston on March 16.


Above, Xiangli Gu, seen here talking with UNT Provost Finley Graves, was also honored at the college's Faculty Salute in 2015.

Spring 2017 HDFS Internship and Career Fair

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 12:30am

Career Center
Chestnut Hall

Interested in a career involving children and families? Do you enjoy helping people?

Explore over 30 agencies in the DFW area! Come join us to learn more about internships and working with community and social service organizations focused on bettering the lives of children and families.

Student Computer Lab offers study spaces, laptops for checkout


The College of Education Student Computer Labs, which are located in Matthews Hall 309 as well as the recently-opened Physical Education Building (PEB) 220 satellite location, now have more spaces to study, collaboration areas for group work, and offer laptops you can check out to study with or even take to class.

Both locations offer laptop checkout, and both now have collaboration spaces available for group projects. The collaboration spaces support wireless or wired connection to project devices on a large screen, and feature adjustable seating and tables to suit your group's needs.

The Matthews Hall location has also opened a Study Lounge, featuring a student-centric open space with lounge chairs for individual study and relaxation, as well as tables and whiteboards for group collaboration and brainstorming sessions.

COE, ACES to present Temple Grandin lecture in Dallas

The University of North Texas and ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services Inc.) will present prominent autism activist Temple Grandin April 13 (Thursday) in Dallas.

“+Autism: A Lecture and Discussion with Temple Grandin” will begin at 9 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Ave. The lecture is open to anyone with an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, including educators, parents and health practitioners. Tickets are $20, and pre-registration is highly encouraged as the event is expected to sell out. Proceeds will support UNT’s work in autism.

Grandin is considered one of the most important voices in the ASD community. She was diagnosed with autism as a young child and went on to earn a doctoral degree in animal science. She is a best-selling author and was the subject of an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning HBO film starring Claire Danes.

Grandin will discuss her journey and offer her thoughts on the mysteries of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a lecture titled “Educating Students with Different Kinds of Minds.”

“Dr. Grandin is one of the most iconic and important voices in the autism field,” said UNT alumna Kristin Farmer, founder and CEO of ACES and benefactor of the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center. “It is my honor and privilege for ACES to support UNT by bringing her inspiring message to the Dallas-Fort Worth community.”

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Grandin and experts from UNT and KFAC, who will answer questions from the audience and offer insights into current research and best practices. Questions will be taken online at the registration site.

“We are fortunate and excited to have Dr. Grandin share her unique perspectives and insights into the world of autism,” said panel member Shahla Ala’i-Rosales, UNT associate professor of behavior analysis. “Her voice is a strong and powerful force in advocating for effective, intensive and humane approaches to improving the lives of people with autism.”

Doors will open at 8 a.m. the day of the event. The lecture is appropriate for ages 12 and older, and light refreshments will be served. To register, submit a question for Grandin or the panel, or for more information, visit

Established in 1996, ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services Inc.) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families impacted with autism or other special needs. ACES provides comprehensive, professional services to maximize individuals’ potential in the home, school and community, throughout their lifespan. For more information about ACES, visit or follow on social media (Facebook: ACES ABA, Twitter @ACESautism).

COE Counseling faculty member wins national award

By Raquel Talamantes

Angie Wilson
, assistant professor of counseling in the UNT College of Education’s Counseling and Higher Education department, has won the Robert H. Rencken Emerging Professional Leader Award from the American Counseling Association.

Wilson is a past president of the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES) and also a New Professional Board Member-at-Large for TACES. She holds a committee chair position in International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC) and serves on the Ethics Appeal Panel for the American Counseling Association. Wilson has also won previous awards including the IAAOC’s 2016 Outstanding Addictions/Offender Professional Award and the 2015 Professor of the Year Award given by the African American Student Leadership team at Texas A&M University.

“I am honored and grateful to be selected as the recipient of the 2017 Robert H. Rencken Emerging Professional Leader Award,” Wilson said. “One of my goals as a professional is to give back to the counseling profession through leadership and service. I enjoy serving our profession and working to be a voice for underserved populations and students. Working in these leadership positions at the local, regional and national levels has afforded me with opportunities to advocate for others, mentor others and give back to the counseling profession.”

According to the ACA website, nominees for the award must:

  • Have been a member of ACA for at least three years
  • Have been an ACA state branch or state division president
  • Have shown ability as a new leader in the counseling profession and have a master’s degree in counseling or closely related profession
  • Held at least one, but no more than three national ACA, division or region offices, board or committee chair positions

The Robert H. Rencken Emerging Professional Leader Award was created in 2006 and recognizes an ACA member who has demonstrated the potential to become a dedicated leader of the counseling profession in future years.

“It is my hope that the leaders who have inspired and helped me along the way recognize the importance and influence they have on emerging professionals,” Wilson said. “Several people mentored me and invested in me, and I hope they see the benefit of their mentorship, guidance and support in this recent accomplishment. I also hope to continue sharing the lessons that I’ve learned along the way to my students and new professionals.”

Erin Bowman

Clinical Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation
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Educational Background

MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, 2005: Doctor of Medicine
BA, University of the Pacific, 1997: Major: Music, Violin Performance


Shah AH, Bowman EM, Joyner KL. I-131 uptake in a renal cyst during post-therapy whole body I-131 scintigraphy. Case in Point.  5/2012.

Bowman, EM, Oza, UD, &Latifi, HR. Utility of pattern recognition in the detection of unsuspected additional primary malignancies on positron emission tomography-computed tomography. Proceedings (Baylor Univ Med Cent) 2011;24(3):210–215.


Bowman, EM, Henning, AL, Venable AS, McFarlin, BK. 2016, "Oral Supplementation With Baker’s Yeast b Glucan is Associated with Alterations in Granulocyte Function Following Strenuous Exercise in a General Population Cohort". Poster presentation at 31st Congress of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry. Seattle WA.

Bowman, EM. 2015, "CT Screening for Lung Cancer: Where Are We Now?", Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Symposium, Baylor Sammons Cancer Center, Dallas TX.

Bowman, EM. 2015, "CT Screening in Lung Cancer; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly", Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas TX.

Bowman, EM. 2014, "CT Screening in Lung Cancer", Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Symposium, Baylor Sammons Cancer Center, Dallas TX.

Bowman, EM. 2012, "Indium and Gallium Scintigraphy", Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas TX.

Bowman, EM. 2011, "PET and PET-CT in Renal Cell Carcinoma", Society of Nuclear Medicine Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Bowman, EM, Oza UD, Latifi HR. "One of These Things Is Not Like the Others: Utility of Pattern Recognition in the Detection of Unsuspected Additional Primary Malignancies on PET-CT" Educational Exhibit at RSNA 2009.

Awards and Honors

2009 Educational Exhibit RSNA Excellence in Design Award

2005 Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

2000-2004 Dr. Bryan Williams Scholar, University of Texas Southwestern Medical, Center, Dallas TX

ORC Brown Bag Series - R Tutorial

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Matthews Hall 308

The Office of Research Consulting presents a Brown Bag Series workshop: R Tutorial, introducing students to the R environment for statistical computing.

R is a free statistics package that can be used to conduct standard analyses (e.g., descriptives, regression, ANOVA, etc.), simulations, and to create publication quality plots. We introduce R and how to use it for those who have zero experience but a desire to learn.

The ORC Brown Bag Series is a series of four sessions aimed at providing our audience with information on a variety of important topics for graduate students’ academic success. We have prepared these topics in the hopes that graduate students from all departments across campus will benefit and learn something new! 


Randy Bomer named dean of UNT’s College of Education

Randy Bomer, chair of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin, has been named the new dean of the College of Education at the University of North Texas.

“Randy Bomer provides the knowledge and leadership to continue the momentum and excellence in the College of Education, which was recently ranked No. 16 in the nation for its online graduate education program by U.S. News and World Report,” said Finley Graves, provost and vice president for academic affairs at UNT.

Bomer begins his position Aug. 1. He will replace Bertina Combes, associate dean for academic affairs and research, who has served as interim dean since last August.

Since 2001, Bomer has been at The University of Texas at Austin, most recently serving as the Charles Spence Sr. Centennial Professor of Education, professor of curriculum and instruction and chair for the Department of Educational Administration. While in these roles, Bomer has helped facilitate new graduate programs, cultivated academic outreach, developed external research opportunities and enhanced graduate student funding opportunities. Before his current role, Bomer served as chair for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin.

“I am thrilled to be joining a university that is really on the move,” said Bomer. “The College of Education at UNT will rise even further in prominence when more people know about the outstanding research and teaching going on there. It’s a force for positive change in the region, state and the nation.”

Bomer’s career accomplishments also include a variety of other academic positions, including positions at Indiana University, Queens College, City University of New York, University of Alaska Southeast, Northeastern University and Columbia University. 

Bomer has 28 peer-reviewed articles, three books, 16 book chapters and has been a guest at numerous invited presentations. He received his Master of Arts and doctoral degrees in English education from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in drama from Trinity University in San Antonio. 

Smita and Ajay Mehta Autism Intervention Scholarship

Purpose: A fund in honor of Smita and Ajay Mehta to support UNT students pursuing a PhD or master's degree in in Special Education (Autism). It can assist to defray expenses toward tuition and/or dissertation research.

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the university and the college with a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Preference will be given to graduate students who are individuals with ASD or parent of a child with ASD as long as the eligibility criteria are met; if no one meets the criteria, then any Special Education PhD student is eligible;
  3. Maintain full-time enrollment as established by the University, unless the student in nearing completion of his or her degree program and does not need full-time enrollment;
  4. Students with completed 12 hours or more of dissertation are not eligible to apply.