Associate Professor Dr.
Jennifer Y. Mak
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Dr. Jennifer Y. Mak, associate professor and program coordinator of the undergraduate and graduate sport management programs at Marshall University, is one of 14 candidates who will be inducted as Research Consortium Fellows at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Convention and Exposition Thursday, April 2 in Tampa, Fla.
Mak joins approximately 375 Fellows in the Consortium, a member group of more than 5,500 research scholars and other members of AAHPERD who have a strong interest in research.
Attainment of Fellow status is one of the most prestigious honors the Research Consortium can bestow on a member. Fellows are selected based on evidence of scholarship, including research presentations and publications.
“Research Consortium Fellows demonstrate an ongoing commitment to research and a high level of achievement in their field,” said Research Consortium President Gilmour Reeve of Louisiana State University. “Our 2009 class is to be congratulated for this recognition of their scholarship.”
Mak holds a Ph.D. in leisure behavior from Indiana University and an MBA from Marshall University. She has been at Marshall since August 2000.
“The Fellow status is one of the most prestigious honors for researchers in my field of study,” Mak said. “It is very encouraging to be recognized by peers, at the national level, for research and scholarship. I will continue to work harder to develop my research path and cultivate student interest in scholarly activities through my teaching and research. Marshall has provided a great environment for me. My recognition is only one example of Marshall’s national prominence for excellence in the areas of high quality teaching, research and service.”
Mak’s research and teaching focuses are marketing for sport and leisure industry; economic impact of sport and tourism; and leisure behavior. She has more than 40 refereed publications and more than 65 professional and academic presentations at international, national, regional and state conferences. Currently, she is serving on the editorial board for the Sport Management Education Journal and the Journal of Physical Education and Recreation.
Mak has been honored with numerous awards such as the Scholar Awards from both the College of Education and Human Services and the Mid-West District of AAHPERD; the AAHPERD Mabel Lee Award for the outstanding young professor of the year; the MU Distinguished Artists & Scholars Award junior recipient; and the Honor Award from the West Virginia AHPERD. She also has joined other eminent scholars from outside Hong Kong to be named a University Fellow by Hong Kong Baptist University.
The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) is the largest organization of professionals supporting and assisting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle. AAHPERD is an alliance of five national associations, six district associations and a research consortium and is designed to provide members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support, and programs to help practitioners improve their skills and so further the health and well-being of the American public.
The mission of the AAHPERD Research Consortium is to advance, promote and disseminate quality research within and across the disciplines and the professions served by AAHPERD. For more information on the Consortium, visit www.aahperd.org/research.