Dr. Deborah Feltz to Give Harris Lecture

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (April 3, 2007) ˆ Dr. Deborah L. Feltz, professor and chairperson in Kinesiology at Michigan State University, will deliver the Dorothy V. Harris Lecture on Thursday, April 12.

Feltz's lecture, entitled "Efficacy Beliefs Related to Movement, Sports and Coaches" will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Bennett-Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building. The lecture is presented by the Department of Kinesiology.

Feltz has devoted more than thirty years to researching the relationship between efficacy beliefs and motor performance, and motivation in sport and physical activity contexts for youth, coaches, and teams. Her most recent scholarship has focused on the development of a coaching efficacy model.

She has published more than 100 articles on these topics and one book, Self-efficacy and Sport. She has received numerous awards for her work in these areas, including the Mabel Lee Early Career Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the Early Career Distinguished Scholar Award from the North American Society for Sports and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), and the Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award.

Feltz has chaired her department since 1989 and was a CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow in 2002-2003. She has served on several editorial boards and on the sport psychology advisory and sport science advisory committees of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). She has also served as president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and is president-elect of NASPSPA.

Feltz received her B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974 and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Penn State in 1976 and 1980, respectively.

Dorothy V. Harris was a teacher, pioneer, and leader in the fields of sport psychology and women in sport. She came to Penn State as a post-doctoral fellow in human performance in 1966. In 1970, she was appointed to the faculty as an associate professor and was promoted to professor of exercise and sport psychology three years later.

At Penn State, Harris developed one of the first graduate programs in sport psychology in the country. She planned and conducted the first research conference on women in sport in 1972 and has been recognized throughout the world for her efforts in this area.

Harris was the first woman president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. She was the first recipient of the Women‚s Sports Foundation‚s „Billie Jean King Contribution Award‰ for contributions to the development and advancement of women‚s sports and was the first woman and first American to be inducted as a fellow into the International Society of Sport Psychology. She also was selected as a fellow in the American Academy of Physical Education, the Applied Sport Psychology Society and the International Society of Sport Psychology, and was awarded the first Fulbright Research Scholarship in Psychology.

The Penn State Board of Trustees recognized Harris for her accomplishments throughout her career by naming a new undergraduate student residence hall after her. Dorothy V. Harris Hall in the Eastview Terrace complex at University Park was dedicated on October 9, 2004.

Begun in 1995, the lecture is presented annually in memory of Harris, who passed away in 1991. The lecture is free and open to the public.


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