Marshall faculty member named top researcher in her field

JenniferMakDr. Jennifer Mak of the Marshall University School of Kinesiology was recently named the No. 1 leading contributor to research in the discipline of leisure and recreation for the past 20 years.

Top researchers were recognized by the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). Mak was acknowledged as a high-visibility researcher in the 2013 issue of the Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science Journal. Lead author of the study, Dr. Bradley Cardinal of Oregon State University, said the Research Consortium is one of the most recognized and respected research societies in the U.S.

“Dr. Mak was one of five women honored with this recognition which is a tribute to her ongoing contribution to the organization,” Cardinal said. “She was chosen based on the continued frequency of her publications and presentations at the conference level.”

Since August 2000, Mak has been director of sport management and a full professor in the Marshall University School of Kinesiology. In addition to being one of five women recognized, Mak was one of four international scholars identified in the study. As a prolific researcher, she has more than 50 refereed publications and book chapters in highly respected journals across the world. Mak’s research centers on applied behavioral science with a focus in consumer behaviors, sports and marketing management as well as organizational behavior in the sport and leisure industry.

Dr. Michael W. Prewitt, dean of the College of Health Professions at Marshall University, said he is very pleased Mak was recognized by AAHPERD.

“Many researchers who received this honor represent Research I universities who engage in extensive research activity,” Prewitt said. “The fact she has been able to sustain such a productive research program over an extended period of time says a lot about the level of commitment she has to her chosen discipline.”

Mak said the key to her commitment is intrinsic motivation.

“You have to be able to motivate yourself from within,” Mak said. “I was doing the research because I enjoyed doing so. I feel it is very rewarding to be recognized by the colleagues in my field.”