SHAPE America Research Council

The SHAPE America Research 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 Research Council addresses the areas of:

  • Curriculum and instruction;
  • Exercise science;
  • Motivation and psychology;
  • Motor behavior and measurement;
  • Physical activity and health;
  • Sociocultural and social justice; and
  • Sport and coaching.

Research Council Activities & Recent Projects

The Research Council conducts the following activities:

Research Council Members

  • Paul Rukavina (Chair)
    Adelphi University (NY)
  • Ali Brian
    University of South Carolina (SC)
  • Nancy Getchell
    University of Delaware (DE)
  • Paul Wright
    Northern Illinois University (IL)
  • Tao Zhang
    University of North Texas (TX)
  • Kevin Andrew R. Richards
    University of Illinois (IL)
  • Caitlin Olive
    Student, University of New Mexico (NM)
  • Sarah Benes (BOD Liaison)
    Merrimack College (MA)

Special Interest Groups

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

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.