Two ECU professors in the Department of Health Education and Promotion were honored for contributions to the field in November. (Contributed photo)
ECU professors Michele Wallen and Jamie Williams were honored at the 65th Annual North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance Convention in Raleigh, Nov. 21-23.
Wallen received the NCAAHPERD Honor Award. This is NCAAHPERD’s highest award and is given annually to a person of high moral character and personal integrity who by their leadership and industry have made outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the advancement of athletics, health education, physical education, recreation, dance, intramurals and/or sport management in the state.
“ECU is incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Wallen and Mrs. Williams,” said Dr. Don Chaney, chair of the Department of Health Education and Promotion. “They are not only outstanding faculty members, but they are outstanding people.”
A native of Mebane, Wallen began teaching at ECU in 2006. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and biology from the University of Chapel Hill in 1996. She earned a master’s degree in public health in 1999 and a doctorate in curriculum instruction with a concentration in teacher preparation and development in 2008 both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
“This award is recognition for what we, in the department, already know,” said Chaney. “Dr. Wallen is a state and national leader in the area of school health education and teacher preparation.”
Williams, instructor in the in the Department of Health Education and Promotion, was named the College/University Health Educator of the Year.
A native of Avenel, N.J., Williams began teaching at ECU in 2005. She earned a bachelor’s degree in health education in 2001 and a master’s degree in health education in 2004 both from ECU.
“Mrs. Williams is an asset to our bachelors degree program in school health education,” said Chaney.