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Thomas TemplinThomas J. Templin is a Professor and former head (1996-2006) of the Department of Health and Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Sciences, at Purdue University. He also holds a courtesy appointment as a Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education. He received his education at Indiana University (B.S., 1972, M.S., 1975) and at the University of Michigan (Ph.D., 1978). Templin has focused his research on the lives and careers of physical education teachers.

Dr. Templin is well known as an author and editor/reviewer of numerous journal publications and books in Physical Education, including A Reflective Approach to Teaching Physical Education with Don Hellison and Socialization into Physical Education: Learning to Teach with Paul Schempp. In collaboration with the Lafayette School Corporation and Purdue colleagues Alan Smith (PI) and Bonnie Blankenship, Templin served as a co-investigator in a three year project focused on improving school physical education. The project was funded by the 2008 Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant program through the Department of Education. Additionally, with Russell Carson and Howard Weiss, Templin completed research funded by the Spencer Foundation to study emotion and affective events in teaching. With his doctoral students, his current research focuses on teacher-coach role conflict, exemplary PE programs, and teacher evaluation.

Beyond his service work at Purdue, he has served in various leadership and committee roles for various professional organizations including the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK), American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP). Templin is a former President of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

He has received various honors through his career. Recently, he received the 2012 Scholar Award from the Learning and Instruction in Physical Education special interest group affiliated with the American Educational Research Association. In 2011 he received the Honor Award for his work in Sport Pedagogy from the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. In 2008 he was presented the Curriculum and Instruction Honor Award from the C&I Academy within the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

Templin is a consultant with the Professional Golfers’ Association of American (PGA) through its university program, Play Golf America University and is chair of the association’s scholarship committee.

Templin is married to Sarah Templin, Clinical Professor in Educational Studies and has two children, Kate Stahl of Chicago, Illinois and Andrew Templin of Indianapolis.