KU News Release


March 18, 2011
Contact: Mike Krings, University Relations, 785-864-8860

Professor to join sports legends in physical education hall of fame

Angela Lumpkin


LAWRENCE — University of Kansas professor Angela Lumpkin will join sports icons such as tennis great Billie Jean King, NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and Olympian Carl Lewis in the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s Hall of Fame.

Lumpkin, professor of health, sport and exercise sciences and former dean of KU’s School of Education, will be inducted at the association’s Hall of Fame banquet April 1 in San Diego. The association, known as NASPE, chose her for her work as a player, coach and scholar in sport. Lumpkin teaches sport management at the undergraduate and graduate levels and performs research in sport ethics, teaching effectiveness, leadership, intercollegiate athletics, sport management and sport history.

Other inductees this year include professional golfer Annika Sorenstam and Bowling Green University professor Mary Ann Robertson.

“I am humbled to join other professional colleagues and outstanding athletes who have been inducted into the NASPE Hall of Fame,” Lumpkin said. “I joyfully share this recognition with my former athletes and current students and those with whom I have shared a wonderful professional career that has included coaching, teaching about and playing sports.”

Honorees are individuals who have made significant contributions to maintaining sport, physical education and physical activity as part of the total education program and symbolize the educational and developmental potentials of physical education and sport, among other criteria.

“The NASPE Hall of Fame honors outstanding individuals who have achieved new levels of excellence in sport, physical education and physical activity and inspired others by their example of what these quality programs can do to make a better world,” said NASPE President Lynn Couturier of State University of New York at Cortland.

Lumpkin has written 22 books, including “Introduction to Physical Education, Exercise Science and Sport Studies,” currently in its eighth edition; “Sport Ethics: Applications for Fair Play,” published in three editions; and “Modern Sports Ethics: A Reference Handbook.” She has been a reviewer for a number of professional journals, including the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

Before coming to KU, Lumpkin was dean of the College of Education at State University of West Georgia, head of the Department of Physical Education at North Carolina State University and professor of physical education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She was also the women’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina.

The hall of fame induction is the latest in a long line of honors Lumpkin has received in her career. She was named Gene A. Budig Teaching Professor in KU’s School of Education, received the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Honor Award, was selected an American Council on Education Fellow, served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point and has served as NASPE president.


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