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Hastie honored by National Academy of Kinesiology

Peter Hastie
Dr. Peter Hastie

Peter Hastie, Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor of pedagogy in the Department of Kinesiology, will soon have another title that matches his interest in helping individuals lead active lives.

The National Academy of Kinesiology externalweb has invited Hastie to join its membership ranks as an “Active Fellow.”

NAK Active Fellows are expected to contribute to advancements in the field of kinesiology, serve on NAK committees and present research at future conferences. Hastie will be inducted as an active fellow during the NAK’s annual conference in Portland September 20-22.

NAK President Patty Freedson described the invitation extended to Hastie as a “sign of the high esteem and respect your peers hold for your scholarship and leadership in the field.”

Hastie, who joined the College of Education faculty in 1994, focuses much of his research on the ecology of physical education settings, as well as sport education curriculum and instruction models. He has twice been selected by his peers for the college’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Research. In 2002, Hasti was elected a fellow to the Association Internationale d’Ecoles Superieures d’Education Physicque.

Before coming to Auburn, he served as a faculty lecturer at the University of Queensland in Australia, where he also completed his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

An example of Hastie’s approach to training future physical education teachers can be found in the second annual Auburn City Schools Track Festival held earlier this month. Students from six schools formed teams to compete as continents and countries to coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics. Hastie said the format, which included relay races, provided a creative way for students to exercise and form friendships as they prepare to make the transition from elementary school to middle school. The event is run by physical education teacher education students from the Department of Kinesiology who serve as interns.

“Each continental team had a designated color, so all students formed some affiliation,” Hastie said. “The intent was that the children will at least meet some of their future schoolmates as they all funnel into Drake Middle School in the next academic year.

“The children were highly enthusiastic and significantly engaged throughout the day.”

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2012

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