Smith inducted into National Academy of Kinesiology

September 20, 2012

Alan L. Smith, chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology in Michigan State University’s College of Education, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Kinesiology.

The election is a significant honor for scholars and leaders in the field, granted only to a select few professionals who are held in high esteem by peers. Smith will participate in an induction ceremony on Sept. 20 to be formally recognized at the academy’s annual meeting in Portland, Ore., held from Sept. 20-22.

A former professor at Purdue University’s Department of Health and Kinesiology, Smith has experience with multiple professional activities, including collaborative research, and was a fellow in the 2010-2011 CIC Academic Leadership Program.

His research addresses the link of sport and physical activity involvement with young people’s psychological and social functioning. Smith is widely known for his research on peer relationships in the physical activity domain (e.g., sport, physical education) and the motivational implications of these relationships for children and adolescents. Smith has been heavily engaged with the wider university community, and developed improved training for graduate students while at Purdue.

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology (University of Rochester), a master’s in Exercise and Sport Science (UNC-Greensborough) and a Ph.D. in Exercise and Movement Science (University of Oregon).

Smith was recently selected as chair of the Department of Kinesiology at MSU, succeeding Deborah Feltz, who served the college for 24 years before stepping down in Aug. 2012.