Douglas Hochstetler, interim director of academic affairs at Penn State Lehigh Valley, was selected as the Distinguished Scholar Award recipient for 2018 by the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE).
Hochstetler has been involved in many aspects of sport and physical activity throughout his academic preparation and professional life, including those of an interscholastic and intercollegiate sport athlete, long-distance runner and cyclist, coach, sport and higher education administrator, as well as an instructor of a variety of kinesiology courses.
His recent projects examine the transcendental and pragmatic strains of American philosophy in relation to endurance sport. Hochstetler has a forthcoming book titled “Endurance Sport and the American Philosophical Tradition” scheduled to be published by Lexington Books. He is the current editor-in-chief of Quest, the official journal of NAKHE.
Hochstetler earned a doctorate of philosophy in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport philosophy from Penn State, as well as a master of science in physical education from West Chester University, and a bachelor of arts in physical education from Northwestern College in Iowa.
The Distinguished Scholar Award is awarded to a person who has made significant contributions to kinesiology and physical education in higher education through scholarly pursuits within a multi-disciplinary perspective and has been a contributing member of NAKHE continuously for at least five years.
“We are so fortunate to have had Dr. Hochstetler as a professor at Penn State Lehigh Valley for the past 16 years, and especially in his new role as interim director of academic affairs,” said Tina Q. Richardson, chancellor, Penn State Lehigh Valley. “He is most deserving of this award as a leader in his field and we congratulate him on this impressive accomplishment.”
Hochstetler was recognized for this award during the Building Professional Communities through Collaboration and Communication conference on Jan. 5 in Phoenix, Arizona. Damon P.S. Andrew, dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education at Louisiana State University, presented the award to Hochstetler.