Van Volkinburg Receives MAHPERD Honor


The Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) recently announced that U-M Kinesiology associate dean for academic programs Pat Van Volkinburg will receive its Honor Award for Distinguished Service for 2014.

Among other criteria, MAHPERD stipulates that recipients of this award shall:

  • be one whose life and contributions have inspired youth in the state of Michigan;
  • be an outstanding contributor to clinics, workshops and state or local curricular projects
  • have authored or co-authored books and/or articles or systematic research that has advanced the profession

Van Volkinburg has served several roles in MAHPERD, including president (2001-2002) and member of the editorial board for the MAHPERD Journal. She has also been active in the Michigan Department of Education in its teacher preparation and accreditation efforts.

At the national level Van Volkinburg chaired the Public and Legislative Affairs Committee for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD; now named Shape America). This led to her selection as co-author for the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) position paper, “What Consititutes a Highly Qualified Physical Education Teacher?”

The successful results of the NASPE project resulted in her selection (with three other individuals) to revise another NASPE publication, "Appropriate Instructional Practices for Elementary, Middle and High School Physical Education." These publications continue to be used extensively and are available on the NASPE website (see links below).

After earning her MS in Kinesiology from U-M, Van Volkinburg joined its faculty and now serves as clinical associate professor as well as associate dean. She originated Kinesiology’s KidSport and co-created the PE Workshop -- programs which have run continuously for 25 and 20 years, respectively. She was also instrumental in launching the School’s new Health and Fitness major, and, in the late 1990s, the Athletic Training major.

Kinesiology dean Dr. Ron Zernicke stated that Van Volkinburg is, “the quintessential educator, scholar, and professional, and she is exceptionally well-qualified and eminently deserving of the Honor Award.”

Van Volkinburg will receive her award at MAHPERD's 2014 Annual Convention at Grand Traverse Resort in mid-November.