Gloria Napper-Owen, an associate dean in the UNM College of Education was recently named the 39th Fellow of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE). 

A NAKHE Fellow is one of the acknowledged leaders in the field of kinesiology — the scientific study of human or non-human body movement —who has the added distinction of providing outstanding service to NAKHE through a variety of contributions. 

“Dr. Napper-Owen is most deserving on this recognition,” said UNM College of Education Dean Hector Ochoa. “Her commitment and passion to her discipline is truly noteworthy. She has been an incredible asset not only to the field of Kinesiology, but to UNM’s  College of Education.”

The Fellows designation is given to professionals in the field of Kinesiology who have made significant contributions to NAKHE for ten years or more. The significant contributions to the field including leadership and scholarly pursuits.

Napper-Owen is an associate professor and associate dean of assessment, accountability and accreditation. She joined UNM’s faculty in 1995 and has held a series of leadership positions within the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education; the Southwest District Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; and New Mexico Association for HPRED. 

Napper-Owen is a co-author of the text Classroom Teachers as Movement Educators, and she has authored numerous articles within scholarly publications. 

The NAKHE noted, “Dr. Napper-Owen’s leadership and scholarly contribution have not only benefited The University of New Mexico, but the entire field of Kinesiology.”