SHAPE America Professional Preparation Council

The SHAPE America Professional Preparation Council is one of SHAPE America’s five program councils, which are all charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Advise and make recommendations about programs, products and services related to the respective focus areas, considering overall impact, member benefit and return on investment.
  • Provide recommendations on existing programs, products, services, and activities in relation to the organization’s strategic plan and recommend continuation, revision or elimination. Help guide new initiatives through the review process and recommend task forces and ad hoc committees needed for completion.
  • Build communication with related SHAPE America special interest groups (SIGs).
  • Provide reports/updates prior to each SHAPE America Board of Directors meeting and/or upon request.

Specifically, the Professional Preparation Council identifies and discusses needs/issues related to:

  • Professional preparation for HETE and PETE;
  • College and university instructional physical activity programs;
  • Academic content knowledge; and
  • Strategies for addressing the needs/issues related to those areas.

Professional Preparation Council Activities & Recent Projects

The Professional Preparation Council conducts the following activities:

Professional Preparation Council Members

  • Elizabeth Sharp (Chair)
    Colorado Mesa University (CO)
  • Erin Centeio
    University of Hawaii (HI)
  • Benjamin Schwamberger
    Minnesota State University (MN)
  • Jan Bishop
    Central Connecticut State University (CT)
  • Leah Ketcheson
    Wayne State University (MI)
  • LeAnn Olsen
    East Tennessee University (TN)
  • Tashanna Gillenwater-Catron
    Thornton District 205 (IL)
  • Megan Adkins (BOD Liaison)
    University of Nebraska at Kearney (NE)

Special Interest Groups

The following special interest groups (SIGs) function under the Professional Preparation Council:

  • College and University Instructional PA Programs
  • Students
  • Curriculum & Instruction

To join a SIG, log in to your SHAPE America member account. Go into the My Profile section and select the Interest Areas tab to view/edit your Special Interest Groups.