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Springfield College’s Elizabeth Mullin Receives Mabel Lee Award

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield College Assistant Professor of Physical Education Elizabeth Mullin received the 2015 Mabel Lee Award during the annual Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America National Conference in Seattle. The Mabel Lee Award recognizes members of SHAPE America who have demonstrated outstanding potential in scholarship, teaching, and professional leadership.

“I appreciate being recognized by SHAPE America for my service to the organization and research in health, physical education, and recreation,” said Mullin, who earned a master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology in 2008 and a PhD in sport and exercise psychology in 2011, both from Springfield College. “I have personally benefited from the contributions of many previous Mabel Lee Award recipients, and it is deeply gratifying to see my name alongside their names on the list of winners.”

The Mabel Lee Award was established in 1976 and is named after the first female president of the American Physical Education Assoc. and a leader in athletics for women. The award is presented annually in two separate categories: college and university, and non-college and university.

“Elizabeth is a very dedicated faculty member, and she is very deserving of this special honor,” said Tracey Matthews, the college’s dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER). “She provides very strong leadership with her students in the classroom, she has produced and published some exceptional research in the areas of measurement research and sport and exercise psychology, and she also has maintained a very active leadership role within the School of HPER and the college, as well as with SHAPE.”

Mullin was recognized for her exemplary teaching abilities, her multiple presentations and published works in physical and health education, and her outstanding administration and strong leadership roles within SHAPE America. She most recently served as Research Committee chair for the recent SHAPE America Eastern District Conference. More than 40 Springfield College faculty members, students, and alumni accounted for more than 25{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} of the presentations at the conference.