Featured Convocation Speaker
Dr. Jacalyn Lund is a professor and graduate program coordinator for the Health and Physical Education M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs in the College of Education & Human Development’s Department of Kinesiology and Health. She was the first female chair of the department and served for over six years, stepping down to become president of SHAPE America, the organization that represents health and physical education teachers in the U.S. She currently serves as past president of SHAPE America and is playing a leading role in developing national assessments for health and physical education.
After teaching physical education in the public schools in Colorado for 16 years, Lund moved to Ohio to complete her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. She is author of eight books about assessment, curriculum development and instructional strategies, and currently is developing the third edition of one of her assessment books. She has authored more than 75 refereed publications, presented numerous times at the state, regional, national and international levels, and worked with physical education teachers around the world in professional development workshops. Lund was on the committee that developed the first National Content Standards for Physical Education (published in 1995) and chaired the committee to develop the Georgia Performance Standards for Physical Education.
Lund is a Fellow of the North American Society of SHAPE America and a Research Fellow with SHAPE America. In 2013, she was inducted into the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s Hall of Fame and was the Southern District Scholar for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (which is now SHAPE America). She was the recipient of the 2009 National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE) Distinguished Service Award, the 2013 NAKHE Distinguished Scholar Award, and is also a Fellow in NAKHE. This past fall, she was one of six people across the U.S. inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology (Fellow #569).
Lund has been supported on her professional journey by her two sons and her husband, Bill. She joined the Georgia State University faculty in 2004 and continues to be inspired by her students and colleagues.