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Brian Culp Honored with National Award

Brian Culp
Brian Culp


March 23, 2012

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Brian Culp, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education at IUPUI, has been  recognized with the Mabel Lee Award by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) at its national convention in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Mabel Lee award is given to its younger members who have demonstrated outstanding potential in scholarship, teaching, and/or professional leadership.

Culp, an assistant professor of physical education at IUPUI since 2006, has worked to make physical activity viable for all through his work with the Physically Active Residential Communities and Schools (PARCS) program, garnering funds for physical activity programs for children in Indianapolis. His efforts have also extended to East Africa where he visits to promote physical activity and wellness through sport development.

Culp’s scholarship, which has been featured in several publications and presentations, focuses on culturally responsive pedagogy, social justice, and creating equitable environments for physical activity. He is the creator and webmaster of and, websites dedicated to addressing the perspectives of diverse learners in physical activity.

Culp’s professional affiliations include AAHPERD, the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (ICHPERD-SD), and the National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (NAKPEHE). He has also served on the NASPE Diversity & Inclusiveness Task Force and as a member of the planning committee for the 2012 PETE Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Most recently, Culp was named to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) where he was nominated and chosen from a field of 250 educators nationwide. One of two higher education professionals on the 13-person board, Culp compiled the research bibliography for the organization.



The preeminent national authority on physical education and a recognized leader in sport and physical activity, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is a non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport. NASPE’s 15,000 members include: K-12 physical education teachers, coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, sport management professionals, researchers, and college/university faculty who prepare physical activity professionals. NASPE seeks to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice, and increase support for high-quality physical education, sport and physical activity programs. It is the largest of the five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD). For more information, visit