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Georgia State Professor Mike Metzler to be Inducted Into SHAPE America Hall of Fame

RESTON, VA, February17, 2015 –Mike Metzler, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Georgia State University, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of SHAPE America –Society of Health and Physical Educators for his impressive contributions to the physical education profession as an educator and scholar, officials announced today. SHAPE America will bestow the honor at the organization's Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, March 20, at its 130th SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Seattle, Washington.

Joining Metzler as 2015 Hall of Fame inductees will be Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., founder of The Cooper Institute, and Dick Fosbury, U.S. Olympian, 1968 Gold Medalist, high jump. That evening SHAPE America will also honor its National Physical Education Teachers of the Year for Elementary, Middle and High School and National Teachers of the Year for adapted physical education, dance and health at the banquet, which is sponsored by Human Kinetics, an employee-owned company committed to serving the physical activity field.

SHAPE America's Hall of Fame awards are given to honor outstanding individuals who 1) make significant contributions to maintaining sport, physical education and physical activity as an integral part of the total education program;2) further the image of sport and healthy physical activity for all;3) accentuate the integral relationships of sport, motor developmentand physical activity to the total educational process;4) encourage involvement in meaningful competitive sport or physical activity programs by influential educators and citizens in all walks of life;and 5) symbolize the educational and developmental potentials of physical education and sport. 

Past Hall of Fame inductees include golfer Annika Sorenstam, University of Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt, tennis greats Billie Jean King and the late Arthur Ashe, NFL Hall of Famers Nick Buoniconti and Anthony Munoz, and Olympians Tony DiCicco, Rulon Gardner, Nancy Hogshead, Dan Jansen, Rafer Johnson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carl Lewis,Shannon Miller, Edwin Moses, Dot Richardson, Wilma Rudolph and Peter Vidmar.

According to SHAPE America President Dolly Lambdin of the University of Texas at Austin, "A teacher, an author and a researcher, Mike Metzler embodies all of the qualities of a Hall of Famer who has championed quality physical education for over 40 years. Mike feels strongly that physical education is an important part of teaching today's youth and tomorrow's leaders to be healthy productive citizens."

Currently the coordinator of the Physical Education Teacher Education doctoral program, Dr. Metzler returned to the KH department in 2008 after five years as Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Education.

Dr. Metzler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from Tufts University, a Master of Science degree in Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University, and a Ph.D. degree from The Ohio State University in Physical Education Teacher Education with a cognate in Applied Behavior Analysis.His first higher education position was at Iowa State University, followed by thirteen years at Virginia Tech before coming to GSU in 1994.

His areas of research and scholarship include teaching and instructional models;and research on teacher education, with an emphasis on program assessment.Dr. Metzler, whose teaching expertise is in the areas of instructional models for physical education, and research methods for teaching and teacher education, has served as a consultant for physical education teacher education programs in New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Canada, Israel and Turkey.

Dr. Metzler has authored or co-authored nine books, most notably Instructional Models for Physical Education (3rd ed.) published in 2011.He has co-edited and co-authored three research monographs in the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, and has published over 50 refereed research and topical articles in journals like The Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Quest. In addition, he was one of the founding co-editors of JTPE in 1981, which is now the leading research journal in physical education pedagogy and teacher education worldwide.

Dr. Metzler was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education in 2009. He served as President on the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education in 2010 and is currently the Editor of Quest—published by NAKHE. He is currently a member of the Science Board of the President's Council on Sport, Fitness, and Nutrition. In the spring of 2014 he was in residence as a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ.


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