The Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) reports that Texas A&M University is its most visible institution, covering a period of nearly 20 years.
In support of researchers, AAHPERD hosts an annual national convention at which peer-reviewed research findings are presented, and since 1992, the organization has published research abstracts in the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.
From 1992 through 2011, high-visibility institutions and researchers were identified on the basis of published research abstract frequency. The Department of Health & Kinesiology (HLKN) at Texas A&M wrote more than 200 research abstracts – more than any of the Top 20 high-visibility institutions in America.
Ping Xiang, PhD, a professor in the department, ranked fourth on the list of Top 20 high-visibility researchers with 58 publications.
“Perhaps the biggest impact this recognition has on the department is that it reinforces the view that HLKN provides an environment that supports its faculty to become leading researchers in their respective fields,” Dr. Xiang said.
George Cunningham, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and sport management professor, ranked ninth on the list.
“HLKN has long had a commitment to engaging in meaningful scholarship that impacts the discipline and societal members. The results of this study really show the fruits of our labor and that the work in which we engage can meaningfully impact people's health and well-being,” Dr. Cunningham said.
“The recognition will further strengthen the visibility of HLKN in the field of health, physical activity, and exercise sciences, which in turn will contribute to attracting outstanding graduate students,” Dr. Xiang added.
Texas A&M was followed by Ohio State, Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Wayne State and Louisiana State, who closed out the Top 5.