The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) presented its Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award to Barbara (Babs) J. Greene, clinical instructor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, during the 127th National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), held March 13 – 17 in Boston. Greene was recognized at both the Majors of the Year Celebration earlier that week and at the NASPE Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, March 16, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.
NASPE presents the Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award annually in recognition of one higher education faculty member for his/her efforts to mentor undergraduate and/or graduate students pursuing a degree in physical education, sport, kinesiology or exercise science. Criteria for the award include: 1)
serves as an outstanding role model of professionalism by modeling appropriate professional behavior and positive professional standards; 2) encourages student involvement in professional opportunities, such as including students in service projects or research activities, supporting student membership in
professional organizations, nurturing student contributions to professional organizations/meetings or enabling student attendance at professional meetings; and 3) provides exemplary academic and professional preparation advisement, is available to students for discussion and meetings and may serve as faculty
advisor/supporter to student major club or honorary projects.
Mrs. Greene has taught at Georgia State since 2007, where she serves as faculty sponsor for the Health and Physical Education Majors Student Organization. She also served as the Future Professionals Adviser for the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, an AAHPERD affiliate. Before moving to Georgia State, Greene taught physical education in middle, high school and junior high school for almost 20 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from West Georgia College, in Carrollton, Ga., and her Master’s of Education at Georgia State.