Melinda Solmon (‘77), the Roy Paul Daniels Professor in the LSU College of Education, has been named chair of the college’s Department of Kinesiology. Solmon has served as interim chair since January 2011.
Solmon has received numerous honors and awards for her work in kinesiology. In 2010 alone, she received the Curriculum and Instruction Honor Award from the National Association for Physical Education and Sport, the H. M. “Hub” Cotton Award for Faculty Excellence from the LSU Office of Academic Affairs and the Distinguished Faculty Research Award from the LSU College of Education.
She is currently president-elect of the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, or AAHPERD.
Solmon earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the UT Martin in 1977, a master’s degree in physical education from LSU in 1979 and a Ph.D. in kinesiology from LSU in 1991.