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.

View the #SHAPEseattle final program for the location of each lecture.

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.

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Getting and Keeping Young Children on the Mountain of Motor Development: Promoting Physical Literacy Journeys in Vulnerable Children

Wednesday, March 29 | 12-1 p.m.

A core component of promoting physical literacy journeys is the competence and confi-dence to move. For children in early childhood this involves the development of critical fundamental motor skills (FMS) and enhanced perceptions of motor competence (PMC). A key model of motor development (Stodden et al., 2008) speaks to the importance of both FMS and PMC as a foundation for future physical activity and sport. Our research suggests many vulnerable children from low income communities do not possess the necessary FMS and PMC to support physical literacy and are in need of evidence-based motor skill interventions. The SKIP motor skill program has been implemented by experts and non-experts globally in a response to this call and is based on 30 years of evidence. This presen-tation summarizes the design, development, outcomes, and evolution of SKIP across three decades of research summarizing key outcomes and drawing lessons for professional prac-tice and policy.

Dr. Jacqueline Goodway is Chair and Professor of Kinesiology in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. Her Ph.D is from Michigan State University in Exercise Science and Motor Development. Dr. Goodway’s research agenda focuses on promoting an “Active Start” in young children from vulnerable communities and elucidating the role motor competence plays in being physically active and promoting a healthy lifestyle. This work is framed within the larger picture of physical literacy and supporting children’s physical literacy journeys from early childhood to adolescence.

Dr. Goodway is best known for her 30+ years of research on the Successful Kinesthetic Instruction for Preschoolers (SKIP)motor skill program which has been adopted across four continents. This work has shown that young children growing up in poverty across the globe demonstrate significant developmental delays in critical fundamental motor skills that are necessary for an active and healthy lifestyle and evidence-based programs are needed to remediate these developmental delays. Implementation of Dr. Goodway’s evidenced-based SKIP motor skill program by motor development experts and trained early childhood teachers has resulted in significant improvements in children’s fundamental motor skills, increased perceptions of motor competence, and greater engagement in physical activity along with enhanced physical literacy. SKIP has also been integrated into a wholistic curriculum resulting in improvements in early academic literacy skills and enhanced executive function. Dr. Goodway has also collaboratively developed one of the leading conceptual models in motor development research, the Developmental Trajectory model articulating the important role of motor competence in driving physical activity behaviors across childhood and adolescence. This model has been cited extensively (2411 citations) and serves as the core of other scholars work across the globe.

Dr. Goodway has co-published a leading textbook in motor development, over 90+ peer-reviewed articles, 13 book chapters, 68 keynote presentations, and over 300 presentations, receiving numerous awards for her work. Dr. Goodway is a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, inaugural Fellow of the International Motor Development Research Consortium, and Fellow of the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals, and a Research Fellow of the Wales Academy for Health and Physical Literacy. She is considered one of the leading motor development scholars globally and has had significant scholarly impact on the field. Dr. Goodway has a strong passion to translate her research into professional practice for teachers and most importantly, positively impact the lives of the children and families with whom she works across the globe.

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.

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Run for the Roses: Striving for the Trifecta in Kentucky

Thursday, March 30 | 12-1 p.m.

This presentation will share strategies for obtaining the “trifecta” in higher education from a Kentucky perspective. In higher education, the academic triad exists for faculty in that we are challenged to balance a healthy dose of quality teaching, engaging research, and valuable service to our students, department, College, university and the community. For some, a fourth component of administration adds to our responsibilities. An overview of how to bridge this triad (or quad) with the ultimate goal of promoting meaningful, lifelong activity will be shared.

Heather Erwin earned her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Pedagogical Kinesiology and Master’s in Adapted Physical Education from the University of Arkansas. Her undergraduate degree is in K-12 Physical Education with teaching certification. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky, where she serves as Department Chair. She has taught public school physical education and worked with teachers and administrators in school districts, recreation programs, and youth sport organizations across the country to promote youth to be physically active for a lifetime. She has authored over 100 articles, books, chapters, and position statements, both data-based and applied.

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.

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Deeper Learning as Prevention Science in PETE and HETE

Thursday, March 30 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Thirty years after Steven Blair’s C. H. McCloy Research Lecture outlined the evidence of the health-protective benefits of physical activity and the public health burden of sedentary behaviors, we continue to underestimate the value of physical and health education as prevention science. Implementing Best Practices in PETE and HETE can deepen teacher candidates' cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal learning by integrating critical thinking and problem-solving as requisite skills for the teaching profession. In education, deeper learning is the scaffolding of concepts (e.g., self-management) and the transfer of learning from one context to another. Deeper learning, as a data analysis technique, uses large data sets to learn by example, and its applications are commonly found in finance and healthcare. The rapidly changing world requires teachers to have adaptable skills. Engaging teachers in deeper learning has practical and forecasting benefits for PK12 students. This presentation will operationalize key terminology, discuss the first steps, and consider how to provide deep learning experiences that would advance learnings in physical and health education as prevention.

Darla M. Castelli, PhD, is a full professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Working with school-aged youth in physical activity and clinical settings for more than 30 years, she has designed six federally funded physical activity interventions while publishing over 130 papers in pedagogy and public health outlets. As a Principal Investigator of the Whole Communities – Whole Health UT Austin Grand Challenge, Dr. Castelli studies the effects of physical activity on cognitive and brain health in children using community-engaged transdisciplinary team science. To do so, she has secured over 24 million dollars in grant funding. Dr. Castelli is a fellow in SHAPE America (2007), the National Academy of Kinesiology (2014), and the North American Society for Health, Physical Education, Sport, and Dance (2022). She has also received the following career awards, AERA Catherine Ennis Career Scholar Award (2020-2021), SHAPE America Research Scholar Award (2020-2021), and SHAPE America Curriculum and Instruction Award (2020) for her research.

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.

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Multi-Institutional Mentoring Consortium to Training Future Leaders: Lessons We Learned

Friday, March 31 | 8-9 a.m.

Critical shortages in qualified physical educators to teach children with disabilities and a lack of qualified faculty have been a cause for concern. A Multi-Institutional Mentoring Consortium (MAMC) was created in response to this problem. This presentation aims to share (a) the conceptualization and implementation of MAMC and (b) the lessons we learned about recruiting training and building capacity. The principle we have learned may be generally applied to the broader field of Kinesiology.

Joonkoo (JK) Yun is LeRoy T Walker Distinguished Professor in the College of Human Performance and Health at East Carolina University (ECU). Prior to joining ECU, he was a professor and OSU Endowed IMPACT for Life Scholar at Oregon State University for 20 years. He completed his undergraduate education at Sung Kyun Kwan University in Korea. He finished his graduate education and a doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Indiana University, respectively. He has been committed to improving the quality of adapted physical activity services for individuals with disabilities. His accomplishments in teaching include mentoring over 100 graduate students, including 37 graduate students and post-doctoral scholars as a major professor, and lecturing over 80 undergraduate and graduate courses. He also strives to provide quality guidance to his students. For example, three of his graduate students’ projects were the finalist for the Graduate Student Research of the Year award for the Research Consortium of Shape America, and one of his doctoral students received the OSU CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for Social Sciences.

Dr. Yun has also made significant contributions to the body of knowledge through his research activities. His ultimate goal is to promote full participation and active lifestyles to promote inclusion, decrease disparities and improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities through evidence-based practice. His line of studies has focused on the issues related to measurement and revealing underlying mechanisms to promote physical activity and inclusion as well as training highly qualified personnel in adapted physical activity. He has received a number of awards and recognition, including the G. Lawrence Rarick Research Award from the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities. During his academic career, he has procured nearly $14 million in extramural grants and contracts, including nearly $10 million as a Principal Investigator. In addition, he has served as a present of the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity and an associate editor for Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly and Research Quarterly for Exercise Sciences.

Check out the full 2014 & 2015 RQES Writing Award articles here.

Distinguished Lectures 

No Longer Presented:

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Margaret “Jo” JoAnne Safrit (1935-2023)

In honor of Dr. Safrit’s numerous contributions to the field, we will be offering the following lecture session at #SHAPEseattle:

Measurement & Evaluation JoAnne Safrit Keynote Lecture

The Legacy of Margaret J. Safrit and Future of M&E in Kinesiology


  • Weimo Zhu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


  • Weimo Zhu (UIUC): Privilege, Kindness and Generosity of Dr. Margret J. Safrit
  • Steve Silverman (Florida Atlantic University): Changes in Measurement & Evaluation in Kinesiology
  • Andjelka Pavlovic (The Cooper Institute): Criterion-Reference Evaluation in Youth Fitness Assessment — A Memorial to Dr. Safrit’s Contributions to FitnessGram
  • Minsoo Kang (University of Mississippi): Call for the Training of the Future Kinesmetrics Specialists