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Professor at The Ohio State University Selected to Present Scholar Lecture at SHAPE America National Convention

RESTON, VA, March 25, 2016 – Samuel R. Hodge, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology, Department of Human Sciences in the College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University, has been selected to present the SHAPE America Scholar Lecture by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators at its 131st National Convention & Expo in Minneapolis on Thursday, April 7. 

For his lecture, which is sponsored by the Research Council, Hodge will present "Ideological Repositioning: Race, Civility, and Social Justice." The SHAPE America Scholar Award, established in 1976, encourages and facilitates research and creative activities which will enrich the depth and scope of health, leisure, sport, dance and related activities; and to disseminate the findings to the profession and other interested and concerned publics. 

"A dedicated scholar and distinguished professional throughout his nearly 30-year career," says SHAPE America President Stephen Jefferies, professor emeritus, Central Washington University, "Dr. Hodge is nationally known for his scholarship on diversity, disability, and social justice in education and sport." 

In 2014, he was selected as the Dudley Allen Sargent Lecturer for the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE) and is the recipient of the Adapted Physical Activity Council's Professional Recognition Award (former American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance; AAHPERD); E. B. Henderson and Charles D. Henry Awards (AAHPERD); and Distinguished Scholar Award (NAHKE).

Hodge has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles as well as books and book chapters such as the textbook, Essentials of Teaching Adapted Physical Education: Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion (Hodge, Lieberman, & Murata, 2012); the case study book, Case Studies in Adapted Physical Education: Empowering Critical Thinking (Hodge, Murata, Block, & Lieberman, 2003); and edited book, Black Males and Intercollegiate Athletics: An Exploration of Problems and Solutions (Bennett, Hodge, Graham, & Moore, 2015). Professor Hodge is co-author of the first textbook in adapted physical education ever published in Brazil (Portuguese language), titled, Fundamentos da Educação Física Adaptada (Gorla, Costa e Silva, Hodge, & Haegele, 2016). Further, he is lead author on edited book chapters such as: "African American Males and Physical Education" (Hodge & James-Hassan, 2014); and "Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity" (Hodge & Vigo-Valentín, 2014). Professor Hodge serves on the editorial boards of the following journals: Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, Quest, Multicultural Learning and Teaching, and the Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport. Lastly, Hodge has mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students over the years.

A graduate of Fayetteville State University with his undergraduate degree, he received his masters and Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University, respectively. 

For more information about SHAPE America's National Convention & Expo, visit the website and follow hashtag #SHAPEMinneapolis.


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