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A&M-Kingsville College of Education faculty appointed to notable organizational boards

KINGSVILLE - January 08, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

KINGSVILLE (January 8, 2007) — Two faculty members from the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville were recently named to posts among respected national and state organizations in their field.

Dr. John R. Slate has been appointed to the editorial board for the Educational Researcher, a major journal published by the American Educational Research Association.       

Founded in 1916, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and, by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. The AERA is made up of some 25,000 members.

As part of the editorial board, Slate is to review at least six articles a year to determine their appropriateness for the Educational Researcher. “I was quite pleased to be asked to serve on the editorial board for this journal,” said Slate. “AERA is a prestigious organization, and this journal is one of their primary ways of communicating with its members.”   Slate’s appointment is for one year, with possible renewal for up to three years, the maximum time allowed to serve on the board. The editor submits names that are vetted to determine their appropriateness to serve as reviewers.

Dr. Chris Hearon, Department of Health and Kinesiology, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM). Hearon will serve as Director of Membership.

Texas ACSM is a regional chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).  ACSM is a multi-disciplinary professional and scientific society dedicated to the generation and dissemination of knowledge concerning the motivations, responses, adaptations and health aspects of persons engaged in sport and exercise.  The largest and most respected sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, ACSM has over 20,000 members worldwide.

Hearon’s initial appointment is for a year, but can be held over indefinitely if the subsequent presidents see fit.

“I am honored that Dr. Meyers (Michael Meyers, Ph.D., current TACSM president) and the current Directors have asked me to sit on the TACSM Board of Directors,” said Hearon. “I have served ACSM at the national level (most notably as the current co-chair of the ACSM Environmental Physiology Interest Group) for a number of years now, and I look forward to serving ACSM at the regional level.  I’m also happy that the South Texas universities, and in particular A&M-Kingsville, will once again have representation on this board.  It has been a few years since a professional from South Texas has sat on this board.”

According to Hearon, the TACSM Board of Directors is comprised of 18 members.  He notes that a little over half these are elected by the membership and serve as constituent representatives for the education/allied health, basic/applied sciences, medical and student interests. The rest are appointed by the TACSM president with approval of the remainder of the Board of Directors. The appointed directors are responsible for some aspect of the day-to-day operations of TACSM.

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