SHAPE America Distinguished Lecture Series

Each year, the Distinguished Lecture Series is one of the highlights of the extensive research program at SHAPE America’s National Convention & Expo. Each of the four lectures provides the opportunity for in-depth coverage of a relevant topic, as well as formal peer recognition of outstanding scholars and leaders in the field.


Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport Lecture

Established in 2006, the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport Lecture provides for in-depth coverage of a research topic and an opportunity to give formal peer recognition to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the research represented in the sections of the RQES.

The Evolution of Attitude Research in Physical Education


This lecture will address attitude research in physical education from a time when there was no evidence of score reliability and validity to the present time where sophisticated development procedures provide evidence of good measurement. A theoretical model of attitude will be presented for use in schools, including physical education. The results of now psychometrically sound attitude research in physical education will be reviewed with an overview of both student and teacher attitude.

Stephen Silverman previously spent over two decades at Teachers College, Columbia University where he now is a professor emeritus. Steve’s scholarship focuses on teaching and learning in physical education, the methods for conducting research in field settings such as schools, and research methods in the social sciences and kinesiology. He has published over 160 chapters and papers, including more than 100 refereed research articles. He is the co-author of 18 books related to teaching and research. Steve served as editor of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education and the Research Works column of the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. From 2002-2005 he served as editor-in-chief of the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Steve has delivered many prestigious lectures and keynote addresses including the 2018 SHAPE-America Curriculum and Instruction Scholar Lecture, the 2011 AAHPERD Alliance Scholar Lecture, and the inaugural American Educational Research Association (AERA) Physical Education Scholar Lecture. He was recipient of the first Exemplary Research Paper Award presented by the AERA Special Interest Group on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education. A past chair of the NASPE Curriculum and Instruction Academy, Steve also served as co-chair of the Physical Activity and Physical Education Expert Panel of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Has been recognized as a SHAPE Research Fellow by the Research Council, is an Active Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology, and is a past-president of both organizations. In 2010 he was inducted as an AERA Fellow.

Daryl Siedentop Scholar Lecture

The Daryl Siedentop Scholar Lecture is presented in recognition of research/creative activities which enrich the depth and scope of health, leisure, sport, dance and related activities.

Curriculum Alignment and the Future of Physical Education


This presentation focuses on the issue of curriculum (dis)alignment between K-12 physical education curricula and the development of kinesiology science. Drawing on Schwab’s work on signs of curriculum crisis, Dr. Chen will argue the curriculum dis-alignment can be a contributing factor to the marginalization of physical education in schools. By summarizing research evidence, mainly from the Pedagogical Kinesiology Laboratory at UNC-Greensboro (formerly at the University of Maryland), Dr. Chen will argue for a paradigm change in curriculum making in physical education and present a hypothetical framework for reconceptualizing physical education for the future.

Ang Chen was a high school PE teacher and basketball coach. He has been a SHAPE America member since 1991. He has served on many committees in SHAPE America and held leadership positions such as Chair of NASPE Curriculum and Instruction Academy in 2006 and President of the Research Consortium in 2012. Dr. Chen’s research focuses on K-12 physical education curriculum innovation as associated with learner motivation, learning achievement, physical activity participation, and curriculum evaluation. Since 2003, Dr. Chen has been a principal investigator in several NIH funded, large-scale, multi-year physical education curriculum intervention studies involving dozens of public schools and thousands of students. His research findings are widely published in kinesiology and education. Dr. Chen is a SHAPE-America Research Fellow and an Active Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology. He was the 2011 Scholar Lecturer of NASPE Curriculum and Instruction Academy and the recipient of the inaugural JoAnne Safrit Award of the SHAPE America Measurement and Evaluation Council in 2015. Dr. Chen also was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Scholar Award by the Special Interest Group – Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education of American Educational Research Association. At the UNC-Greensboro, Dr. Chen was the recipient of 2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award, 2019 Faculty Excellence in Research Award, and 2021 Senior Faculty Research Award by the School of Health and Human Sciences. In 2021, Dr. Chen was named as one of the top 2% scientists in the world by Stanford University. Dr. Chen received his Bachelor of Education degree from Nanjing Teachers University and Master of Education degree from the Shanghai University of Sport, both are in China. He completed his Ph.D. study at the University of Maryland – College Park.

Raymond A. Weiss Lecture

The purpose of the Raymond A. Weiss Lecture is to support a scholarly presentation by an individual in the arts and sciences who is an outstanding leader and who has made an important contribution to his or her field, and who has ties to one or more of the fields of HPERD.

The Fifty Year Adventure: Tales from a Teacher, Professor and Administrator


Templin will present an autoethnography of his 50 year career within physical education and Kinesiology. Grounded in socialization theory, he will highlight epiphanies that provide reflections and recommendations from his experiences as a public school teacher, professor and administrator. His narrative will address significant socializing events, agents, and agencies that influenced his life in public schools and within the academy.

Thomas J. Templin is a professor emeritus at Purdue University, where he was a professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology (1977-2015), its chair (1996-2006), and chair of the Department of Consumer Science (2013-2015). He served at the Director of Recreational Sports and Assistant Vice President of Student Services at Purdue University from 1988 to 1996.

Dr. Templin is an author and editor/reviewer of numerous journal publications, book chapters and books. Dr. Templin has served in leadership roles and has presented scholarly papers for organizations including the National Academy of Kinesiology, American Kinesiology Association, SHAPE America, American Educational Research Association (AERA), and International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP). He is a former president of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and championed diversity initiatives during his term as president. He was president of the American Kinesiology Association in 2017 where he now serves as the association’s executive director.

Dr. Templin has received various honors, including the McCloy Lecturer; Curriculum and Instruction Honor Award from the Curriculum and Instruction Academy within NASPE and the Scholar Award from the Special Interest Group on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education within AERA. He was recently honored by the American Kinesiology Association as the recipient of the Jerry R. Thomas Distinguished Leadership Award (doctoral institutions). Dr. Templin received the John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award from Indiana University’s School of Public Health.

C. H. McCloy Research Lecture

The C. H. McCloy Memorial Lecture provides for in-depth coverage of a research topic and an opportunity to give formal peer recognition to persons who have made outstanding contributions to HPERD through their research efforts. The lecture also provides a form of continuing recognition for Charles H. McCloy, one of the great pioneer scientists and leaders of the profession. The C. H. McCloy Research Lecture was inaugurated at the 1980 National Convention and Exposition.

Can “You Get What You Measure”? - A Critical Look at Assessment Practice in Human Performance


While significant progress has been made since Professor Charles Harold McCloy called for “tests must be meaningful and worth doing” more than 80 years ago, there are still many pitfalls in our current practice in measurement and evaluation of human performance. Using examples in physical education, fitness and activity, this lecture will illustrate some urgently needed improvements, e.g., setting appropriate standards, achieving tests/measures’ equivalence, enhancing individualization, improving test results, interpretation and prescription, and taking advantages of recent progress made in new measurement/statistical theories and methods and technology, as well as outlining the direction of future research.

An internationally known scholar in Kinesmetrics (Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology), Dr. Zhu’s primary research interests are in the study and application of new measurement theories and statistical models/methods to the field of Kinesiology, especially in youth physical fitness, the impact of body-mind exercises on health, physical activity/inactivity and public health and exercise prescription. He has published more than 100 SCI/SSCI journal articles and his research was well supported by external grants, including NIH and RWJF. He was the editor-in-chief of the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, one of the most respected research journals in Kinesiology, between 2013-2018, and was the associate editors of Journal of Physical Activity and Health and Frontiers in Physiology. He is an active fellow of the US National Academy of Kinesiology, American College of Sports Medicine, and Research Consortium of SHAPE America. He was a member of the Scientific Board of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports between 2005 and 2008, and a panel member of “Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth,” Institute of Medicine in 2011, and has served on the FITNESSGRAM Advisory Committee since 2002. Dr. Zhu received the M&E Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest award in Kinesmetrics, from SHAPE America in 2020.