Press Release


Caly Poly Professor Camille P. O'Bryant to be Honored at SHAPE America National Convention

RESTON, VA, February 23, 2015–-Camille P. O'Bryant, Ph.D., a professor in the Kinesiology Department and associate dean – College of Science and Mathematics at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, has been selected to present the Annual Rachel Bryant Memorial Lecture by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators at the Annual Guiding Woman in Sport luncheon on Friday, March 20 in Seattle. At the same event Champion Women CEO Nancy Hogshead-Makar, J.D., an Olympic gold medalist, will receive the 2015 Guiding Woman in Sport Award.

Entitled "Women Leaders in Sport:Paradoxes, Pitfalls and Possibilities," the lecture will focus on Women Leaders - coaches, administrators, etc. who face many paradoxes, pitfalls and possibilities because of their strength and success. Dr. O'Bryant will address this interesting and often times frustrating tension among opportunities to participate combined with dominant gender ideologies that fuel institutional and individual forms of sexism/heterosexism and tend to keep girls and women from truly benefiting from those opportunities.

"In our efforts to pave new roads in gender equity, human rights and leadership opportunities, I invite you to join me at the Rachel Bryant Memorial Lecture and the Guiding Woman in Sport Luncheon," says SHAPE America President Dolly Lambdin, Ed.D., of the University of Texas at Austin. "Both of these events celebrate our commitment, passion and dedicated action to impact future programs, policies and services of SHAPE America. Let's celebrate our past and our future! Together we can change the world!"

At the SHAPE America National Convention &Expo, Dr. O'Bryant will also be honored with the E.B. Henderson Award at the Professional Excellence Awards Ceremony. The E.B. Henderson Award recognizes minority SHAPE America members who, through numerous years of proven dedication to scholarship, mentorship, and service to ethnic minorities, have increased involvement of ethnic minorities and/or underserved populations within their profession, SHAPE America, or society. E.B. Henderson was a noted author, teacher, coach, and administrator in the disciplines of physical education and athletics.

According to Dr. O'Bryant, "My pedagogical mission is to empower students to take responsibility for their experiences in the classroom." Her areas of specialty include sociological and psychological aspects of sport and physical activity and her specific areas of interest are in social justice, gender, and race/ethnicity issues in physical activity and sport. Dr. O'Bryant has published articles and presented on how race/ethnicity and gender impact socialization into sport-related careers.

Earning a bachelor's degree in French Studies and a master's degree of exercise and sport studies at Smith College, Dr. O'Bryant earned her doctoral degree in sport, leisure and somatic studies at The Ohio State University. Dr. O'Bryant then served as a member of the Sport and Exercise Studies faculty in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Ohio State before joining the faculty at Cal Poly in 1999.She has served in a variety of leadership roles in professional organizations in higher education including vice president for diversity of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) 2000 - 2003, chair of professional development and outreach for the Western Society for the Physical Education of College Women (WSPECW) from 2001 –2003 and president from 2008 - 2010.In the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE) she served as co-chair of the social justice and cultural diversity committee (1999-2004) and vice president (2004 –2006), on the Quest editorial board from 1999 –2007, and was President during the NAKHE Congress in 2014.Her current leadership roles include past-president of NAKHE, a diversity and inclusivity faculty mentor at Cal Poly, and associate dean for student success and welfare in the College of Science and Mathematics. She was most recently named a member of the Smith College Board of Trustees (2015-2019).

For more information about SHAPE America's National Convention & Expo, visit the website.


About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit