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Kinesiology Prof Receives Prestigious Awards

Dec. 9, 2015
SHSU Media Contact: Tammy Parrett

Jose SantiagoJose Santiago, associate professor of kinesiology at Sam Houston State University, recently was recognized for his excellence and leadership by national and state organizations–the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the Society of Health and Physical Educators.

Santiago recently received the 2016 Ethnic Minority Award, presented by SHAPE America’s Southern District.

The ethnic minority award is awarded to a member of SHAPE America who has demonstrated professional service to their institution, evidence of successful service in increasing involvement of ethnic minorities in Southern District, a record of increasing communication with greater numbers of Southern District members who are ethnic minorities, or a record of extending meaningful professional services to the Southern District ethnic minority membership.

Santiago also received TAPHERD’s annual Honor Award, presented at the organization’s 92nd Annual Convention in Dallas in December.

“Dr. Santiago has earned this distinguished recognition for demonstrating leadership, achieving excellence, and being an outstanding representative of the teaching profession,” said TAHPERD executive director Diana Everett. 

The award is given to educators in Texas for their significant contributions to health education, physical education, recreation, and/or dance through one or more of the following: excellence in teaching; outstanding administrative achievement; significant contribution to researcher creative endeavors; leadership in professional organizations at state, district, and national levels to include TAHPERD; contribution to professional literature; and outstanding community service.

TAHPERD is a not-for-profit professional association of individuals in the allied fields of health education, physical education, recreation, and dance. The Texas-based association is composed of more than 4,500 professional and student members serving education from kindergarten through college. TAHPERD was founded in 1923 and is the only association in Texas serving education in all four disciplines–health, physical education, recreation, and dance.

“It’s truly humbling to be considered for such prestigious awards,” Santiago said. “I am incredibly honored to have such support from my colleagues. There are so many who are more deserving of the awards than I am.”

Santiago earned his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Texas Southern University and his master’s degree in physical education from Indiana State University. His research focuses on physical education teacher content knowledge, and has been published in the Physical Educator and the TAPHERD Journal.

Prior to his teaching career at SHSU, he served for two and a half years as the elementary health and physical education coordinator in Houston Independent School District. He taught elementary physical education at Roy P. Benavidez Elementary School in Houston ISD from 2001-07.

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