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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Thomas J. Templin, director of Purdue University's Division of Recreational Sports, has been named head of the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Leisure Studies, effective July 1.
"Tom Templin is an accomplished administrator, teacher and researcher," said Thomas P. Adler, interim head of the School of Liberal Arts. "The department will benefit greatly from his enthusiastic leadership and vision."
The Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Leisure Studies, one of 11 in the School of Liberal Arts, has approximately 700 undergraduate majors and 20 full-time faculty. It offers programs in health education, health promotion, movement and sports science, teacher preparation, exercise and fitness, athletic training education, tourism, and community recreation. Kinesiology is the applied and basic study of human movement related to exercise and sport.
Templin was a teacher and coach in the Bloomington, Ind., public schools from 1972 to 1974. He came to Purdue in 1977 as an assistant professor and was promoted to professor in 1992. In 1988 he was named director of the Division of Recreational Sports. He also has served as assistant vice president for student services.
Templin is the author of three books, eight book chapters and more than 25 journal articles. His research interest focuses on the lives and careers of teachers, how their attitudes and behaviors are molded before and during their training at the university, and what happens to teachers in the workplace/school setting.
In 1986 he received the Outstanding Teacher Educator Award from the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Templin received his bachelor's degree in physical education and German in 1972 and his master's in physical education in 1975, both from Indiana University. He received his doctorate in education from the University of Michigan in 1978.
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