The Raymond A. Weiss Lecture

Dr. Raymond A. Weiss is a former department chairperson and head of the Division of Physical Education, Health, and Recreation at New York University. He retired in 1981, following 33 years of teaching, administration, and research. L. Jay Oliva, Provost at NYU, designated Dr. Weiss as Professor Emeritus "in recognition of his distinguished service to the University".

Dr. Weiss held elected offices at all levels at AAHPER, including President of AAKPE and President of the Research Council. Dr. Weiss lectured widely including internationally on the contribution of exercise to human well-being. His research included studies of physical activity for the ill and handicapped, in particular the development of a graded exercise program as a substitute for bed rest for military personnel with rheumatic fever that was the beginning of rehabilitation medicine. (Using government funding, Dr. Weiss developed a prototype doctoral program at NYU to train resources specialists in physical education for handicapped persons.) Dr. Weiss, Dr. Peter Karpovich, and Dr. Howard Rusk introduced these revolutionary recovery and rehabilitation programs to military hospitals coast to coast during World War II. Dr. Weiss was assigned to the Air Force School of Aviation Medicine, received a commendation from the Air Surgeon General, and was promoted to the rank of Captain for his role in that important research.

After completing his second doctorate at Columbia University in clinical psychology, he began a second career as a licensed psychologist, joining his wife, Dr. Rosalee G. Weiss, in private practice.

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.

Past Raymond A. Weiss Research Lecturers 
  • 2019: Louis Harrison, University of Texas at Austin
    The Politics of Physical Education, Activity & Sport
  • 2018: James C. Hannon, Kent State University
    So much data, so little change, so what now?
  • 2017: R. Scott Kretchmar, Pennsylvania State University
    Play, Games, Metaphors and the Evolution of Human Intelligence
  • 2016: Peter Hastie, Auburn University
    Active Aubie: What Do We Really Know about our Achievement of the Physically Educated/Literate Person?
  • 2015: Alison Wrynn, California State University, Fullerton
    The Present Catches up to the Past: Understanding the Scientific Roots of Physical Education
  • 2014: Doris Corbett, University of Northern Iowa
    Reclaiming Civility and Social Justice in Physical Education and Sport
  • 2013: Mary Jo Kane, University of Minnesota
    An Examination of Female Athletes' Interpretations of Media Representations—A Window Into the Construction of Dual Identity & "Selling Sex" in Women's Sports
  • 2012: Mary Jo Kane, University of Minnesota (CANCELLED CONVENTION)
  • 2011: Daniel Gould, Michigan State University
    Enhancing Youth Leadership through Sport and Physical Education
  • 2010: Ross Brownson, Washington University in St. Louis
    Environmental and Policy Influences on Physical Activity
  • 2009: Jay Coakley, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Emeritus
    The Implosion of Neoliberalism: New Opportunities to Reclaim Physical Activity and Sports for the Common Good
  • 2008: Beverly D. Ulrich, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    Translational Science—A Roadmap to Healthy Activity for All
  • 2007: R. Scott Kretchmar, Penn State University-State College
    A Research Conundrum in the 21st Century: What to Do With Meaning?
  • 2006: Barbara E. Ainsworth, San Diego State University
    Assessment of Physical Activity in Health and Surveillance Settings: What Have We Learned in the Past 50 Years?
  • 2005: Maureen R. Weiss, University of Virginia
    Understanding Youth "Physical Activity:"  Social, Developmental, and Psychological Considerations
  • 2004: Thomas L. McKenzie, San Diego State University
     Environment, Youth, and Physical Activity
  • 2003: Priscilla M. Clarkson, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    The Study of Muscle Soreness—From Microtears to Microarrays
  • 2002: Stephen Silverman, Teachers College, Columbia University
     Research and Professional Practice: An Unrequited Love
  • 2001: Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Going Beyond the Physical—The Role of Physical Activity in Successful Aging
  • 2000: Waneen W. Spirduso, University of Texas at Austin
    Strategies of the 21st Century to Prevent Premature Physical Aging
  • 1999: Carole A. Oglesby, Temple University
    Significance In Science: A Kurtotic View
  • 1998: Charles B. Corbin, Arizona State University
    Self Esteem and Intrinsic Motivation: The Keys to Promoting Physical Activity in Youth 
  • 1997: Michael Pratt, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Physical Activity in America: Who, Why, and What Can We Do About It?
  • 1996: Ronald A. Smith, The Pennsylvania State University
    Women's and Men's Models of College Sport from the 19th Century to Title IX:  Maternalism and Paternalism
  • 1995: James F. Sallis, San Diego State University
     Using Research to Promote Physical Activity in Children
  • 1994: Margaret "Jo" Safrit, American University
  • 1993: Bruce Simons-Morton, National Institute for Child Health and Human
    Children's Physical Activity and Fitness—Public Health Challenge
  • 1992: Barbara L. Drinkwater, Pacific Medical Center, Seattle Development, NIH
    Osteoporosis—The "Silent Thief" of the Golden Years