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Karen DePauw honored by health education alliance


Karen P. DePauw Karen P. DePauw

BLACKSBURG, Va., July 27, 2012 – Karen P. DePauw, vice president and dean for graduate education at Virginia Tech, has been honored with the R. Tait McKenzie Award by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). The organization states the award is given to members who have made “significant contributions outside the framework of the alliance, but which reflect prestige, honor, and dignity on the organization.”

DePauw is known nationally and internationally for her impact on graduate education. She has made more than 50 presentations in the United States, Puerto Rico, Denmark, Germany, and Canada and has served in leadership roles in regional and national professional organizations. Her scholarship includes numerous articles about kinesiology, disability sport, and disability studies. DePauw is past editor of “Quest” and served on the editorial board of “Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly.”

In addition, DePauw serves as the principal investigator, with her Virginia graduate dean colleagues, for a National Science Foundation grant to develop a model for diversifying the pool of future graduate professionals.

Among her accomplishments at the university, DePauw developed the Transformative Graduate Education Initiative, the Global Perspectives Program, and the award-winning Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown.

DePauw earned a bachelor’s degree from Whittier College, a master’s degree from California State University Long Beach, and a doctorate from Texas Woman’s College.

AAHPERD is an organization of regional and national associations and a research consortium that provides its 20,000 members with a comprehensive array of resources, support, and programs to help practitioners improve their skills to promote the health and well-being of the American public.

The Graduate School at Virginia Tech promotes graduate education as a critical component in the transmission of new knowledge, research, ideas, and scholarship. It is responsible for the development, administration, and evaluation of graduate education throughout the university, providing support to faculty, staff, and more than 6,000 graduate students. The Graduate School is committed to building a diverse graduate community and vibrant intellectual environment to help prepare graduates to lead. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.