Faculty and Student Achievements

Faculty Achievements


Dr. Donna Hester:

• ASAHPERD Executive Director
• SDAAHPERD Past President
• A HEAL researcher. The HEAL Program is receiving tremendous accolades throughout the state and has been recommended for further implementation in Alabama schools by the State Superintendent of Education.
• Numerous national, district and state refereed presentations and publications each year.


Dr. Kristi Menear is:

• Chair of the Department of Human Studies
• Frequent presenter at national conferences
• Recent research on students with autism spectrum disorders
• Service on local, state, and national community and professional boards
• Worked with the SDE task force related to adapted physical education


resized PE-407-Picture-with-NCSSDr. Sandra Sims receiving certificate of appreciation from the National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS).Dr. Sandra Sims is:

• ASAHPERD Director of Advocacy
• SDAAHPERD President
• AAHPERD District Transition Committee
• Numerous national, district and state refereed presentations and publications each year.
• Invited Keynote Speaker for several state conventions.


Student Achievements

Many of our alumni have gone on to receive Teacher of the Year Awards as well as National Board Certification. Our physical education majors club received the ASAHPERD Willis J. Baughman Award in 2008 and 2010. The purpose of this award is to recognize a majors club in a college or university for outstanding leadership and service to the school and the community.