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 SRU Good News for March 25, 2011 




Kimberly Smith wins SRU’s outstanding teacher award


Kimberly Smith, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences, has been selected to receive the 2011 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

            The award will be presented at SRU’s Academic Honors Convocation at 2 p.m., April 3, in Morrow Field House. The event will also honor nearly 2,812 SRU dean's list students, 60 Presidential Scholar honorees, 636 academic scholarship recipients, 143 scholar athletes, 11 community service learning volunteers and the other 2011 President's Award recipients.

            “I commend you on your accomplishments as an outstanding teacher and am proud that you are a member of our faculty,” Robert Smith, SRU president said, in informing Smith of the award. “This decision was based on many factors, including your commitment to teaching beyond contractual obligations, a participatory and engaging pedagogy, development and using innovative classroom practices and your commitment to scholarly growth.” 

            Kimberly Smith, who joined the SRU faculty in 2006, was nominated by 11 students.

            She earned her doctor of philosophy in exercise physiology and her master of science in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her bachelor of science in exercise science at Slippery Rock University.

            Smith, a Zumba and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America group fitness instructor, is also a health fitness specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine, an American Heart Association Heartsaver and is certified in American Red Cross first aid.

            She is a member of the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

            In addition to her teaching work at SRU, she has served as exercise physiologist at Senior FITness in Greenville, Erie and Brookville, and as group fitness instructor at UPMC Horizon Wellness Center. She has lectured at Carlow University and was a personal trainer at the University of Pittsburgh’s Wellness Program.

            Smith teaches “Exercise Leadership: Group Fitness” and “Measurement and Statistical Application in Exercise Science” courses at SRU and serves as adviser to nearly 85 SRU students. She also is the adviser to several undergraduate interns.


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