Karl Newell, the associate dean for research and professor of kinesiology in the College of Education, will receive the 2016 Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Kinesiology Association. This award recognizes outstanding administrative and leadership performance among departments that grant doctoral degrees.
Newell has served as the education college’s associate dean for research since his arrival at UGA in 2014. His research interests focus on human movement, specifically the areas of motor learning, development and control. A central theme is the acquisition of new movement in the context of a dynamical approach to coordination, control and skill. Newell also directs the Motor Behavior Laboratory in the kinesiology department.
Leadership Award winners must have made significant contributions in two or more areas such as building innovative curricula, expanding faculty and student research productivity, establishing partnerships and outreach activities, obtaining new or renovated facilities for teaching and research, inspiring others and enhancing the effectiveness and efficiencies of the program.