Kinesiology Professor Presented with Young Professional Award


BATON ROUGE – Russell Carson, assistant professor in the LSU College of Education Department of Kinesiology, was presented the Taylor Dodson Young Professional Award by the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, or LAHPERD, at its annual convention on Nov. 5. Carson was selected for his success as a young practitioner who has meritoriously served the profession through significant contributions and achievements in teaching, research, professional leadership and civic engagement. As the 2010 recipient, Carson has been automatically nominated as a candidate for AAHPERD’s Taylor Dodson Young Professional Award in the Southern District.   

A strong advocate for local children in need, Carson has designed and implemented three afterschool physical activity service-learning programs for kindergarten through twelfth-grade youth who were either displaced by Hurricane Katrina or enrolled in Desire Street Academy, Big Buddy, or BREC parks programs. In 2008 Carson was recognized by WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge for extraordinary service contributions to the community.

“Dr. Carson is a loyal professional who embraces a servant-leader philosophy,” said T. Gilmour Reeve, chair of the LSU Department of Kinesiology. “His commitment to learning, research, diversity and community engagement, clearly model for our students what LSU values most as the state’s flagship university.”

Carson teaches courses ranging from curriculum construction in physical education, psychosocial aspects of physical activity, sport psychology and stress management and emotional health. He has also directed academic summer abroad programs in Italy and New Zealand.

An active and funded researcher in the areas of teacher emotion and burnout, Carson has published and presented papers for leading international, national, regional, and state outlets, including LAHPERD. Carson has served as a guest reviewer for top research journals in health and physical education. He has also served on several task forces, writing or revising position statements for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, or NASPE. Currently, he is a curriculum and instruction representative for NASPE’s Professional Preparation and Research Steering Committee.

Founded in 1934, LAHPERD strives to improve quality of life through health, fitness and recreational activities. LAHPERD members include teachers, administrators, dance instructors, recreation supervisors, fitness directors, college students, allied health specialists, exercise physiologists, athletic trainers and other professionals in the field from each parish in the state of Louisiana.

LAHPERD is an affiliate of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, or AAHPERD. For more information about LAHPERD, visit

For more information about the LSU College of Education Department of Kinesiology, visit


Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations