Election 2021

Below you will find the individuals who are running for election to various positions within I-MDRC. You will be sent an official link to vote from starting on July 1st. You will have until July 21, 2021 to vote.

Secretary

WebsterEK_edited_edited.jpg

Kip Webster

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Institute of Public and Preventive Health, Augusta University, USA

Research expertise: fundamental motor skills, motor skill assessment, physical activity, early childhood, early childhood education policy and programs, early interventions

I am delighted to express my interest in continuing to serve the International Motor Development Research Consortium as Secretary for the 2022-2024 cycle. I have served as Secretary for I-MDRC since November 2016. When I-MDRC first expanded the Organizing Committee, I naturally fit into the Secretary role based on my organizational skills and record keeping, as well as my eagerness to contribute to the organization’s growth and goals. Since that time, I have thoroughly enjoyed working towards continued growth and success for the organization, working with like-minded people eager to advance our field, and having an academic “home” in the International Motor Development community. I have enjoyed actively being involved in I-MDRC events and have attended and presented at the South Carolina, Portugal, Italy, and Charleston (NAIMDRC virtual meeting) conferences, and plan to present in the upcoming Greece (virtual) conference; I have also moderated multiple sessions, judged student presentations, and served on several committees that have assisted in establishing the organization in a variety of ways. Over the last 5 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed contributing to I-MDRC’s continued success and would be delighted to continue that service if selected for another term in the role as Secretary.

Media Coordinator

Ryan Hulteen

Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology, Louisiana State University, USA

Research expertise: lifespan, assessment, measurement, aging, validity, reliability

I am honored to be considered for Media Coordinator for I-MDRC. I currently serve in this position, thus I am seeking reelection for a second term. I have held this position since March 2020. I also hold an academic position as an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University.

 

Supported by an exceptional Executive Committee, I have been responsible for the redesign of the organization website, increasing IMDRC’s Twitter following by 87%, and helping to facilitate the access and distribution of presentations for the National U.S. Assembly of I-MDRC. 

 

Given my prior experience and success in the role I am eager and willing to serve in a second term as the Media Coordinator. I believe there is room to increase our Social Media following, which includes an expansion beyond Twitter. My other key goal for this position would be to create more avenues for disseminating work (e.g., journal articles, presentations, member achievements) to further highlight all the excellent work of our membership. I’m always eager to hear what our membership thinks about the website and all things social media.

Communications Director

Ting Liu

Current Position: Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Education, Texas State University, USA

Research expertise: motor behavior, autism spectrum disorder

Dr. Ting Liu is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education at Texas State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from University of Texas at Austin, M.S. in Exercise and Sports Studies from Boise State University, and B.S. in Physical Education from Beijing Sport University. Dr. Liu’s has established sustained scholarly line to conduct applied and translational research in children with autism and advanced her scholarly activities through publications, presentations, and mentorship. She was the recipient of the Lolas E. Halverson Motor Development and Learning Young Investigator award in 2011. To promote physical activity participation and service for children with autism, she founded the first autism summer camp in San Marcos. She has established and directed this camp since 2010 and provided a place for children with autism and hands-on experimental research opportunities to Texas State students. Dr. Liu is a Lifetime Member of the I-MDRC and served as co-coordinator for the membership committee in 2020.  She is currently serving as the I-MDRC communications director.  In addition, she has also served on the NASPSPA motor development planning committee and the workshop planning committee for American Kinesiology Association (AKA). These activities show her commitment serving the field of motor development.

Member at Large
*Max 3 are elected

Ryan Sacko

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, The Citadel, USA

Research expertise: motor development, component developmental sequences, MC assessment, energy expenditure, fitness

It is with great love, enthusiasm, and excitement for the I-MDRC, the field of Motor Development, and my esteemed colleagues, that I humbly request your vote to serve on the board as a Member-at-large. My career began in the same year as the 1st Assembly of the I-MDRC and since this serendipitously aligned inception, I have attended each consortium, maintained a membership in good standing, and served as chair of the organizational committee for the first National Assembly of the I-MDRC.  

The Member-at-large positions are excellent entry points to the executive council. These positions allow individuals who are newer to the field of Motor Development the opportunity to observe, learn, and grow by collaborating directly with the leaders of our organization. Given the opportunity to serve, I believe that I would bring valuable insight to the board that may prove valuable to its members, specifically in the area of membership growth.  

Currently, I am employed by The Citadel in South Carolina in the Health and Human Performance Department where my primary role is as a professor of motor development, physical education, and physical fitness. My primary research interests are aligned with measurement and assessment in the field of Motor Development.

Emiliano Mazzoli

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research fellow, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University, Australia

Research expertise: children, adolescents, school, special needs, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, motor skills, physical literacy, fitness, cognitive functions

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University (Australia). My current work focuses on the adaptation of a school-based physical activity/sedentary behaviour intervention (i.e., Transform-Us!) to cater the specific needs of youth with disabilities. Also, I am interested in children’s physical literacy and its assessment and recently contributed to the development of the first comprehensive pictorial scale to measure children’s perceived physical literacy (i.e., PL-C Quest).

 

I have been an active I-MDRC member for the last five years. I recognise I-MDRC’s mission is to provide a platform to discuss, disseminate evidence, and promote networking/collaboration on motor development research. If elected as a Member-at-large, I will: 1) advocate for I-MDRC with relevant national and international organisations and individuals to raise its profile and expand member base (e.g., promote the organisation to academic/non-academic institutions not yet involved); 2) explore new ways to foster international and interdisciplinary collaborations (e.g., through webinars, networking opportunities during assemblies and other ad-hoc opportunities, such as special interest groups); 3) support the organisation to provide capacity-building opportunities tailored to the needs of the different member groups (e.g., grant application for early career researchers; physical literacy assessment for practitioners).

Chih-Chia (JJ) Chen

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University, USA

Research expertise: adapted physical activity, motor developmental learning

Dr. Chih-Chia (JJ) Chen is an associate professor of Kinesiology in the Department of Kinesiology at Mississippi State University (MSU). He received his Bachelor of Education degree in elementary education with physical education minor from National Tainan Teachers College (Taiwan) and master’s degree in Physical Education from National Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan). Dr. Chen was a physical educator in the elementary school for 5 years before studying to the United States. He received his Doctoral Degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2013. After graduation from ASU, he worked at the University of Iowa first and then moved to MSU. He has been teaching adapted physical education, motor learning, motor development, exercise psychology, and aging and physical activity in sport pedagogy and disability studies concentrations within Kinesiology Department for 6 years. His primary research area of interest focuses on physical activity, motor developmental learning, and executive function for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, particularly Down syndrome. Dr. Chen is a certified adapted physical educator and ACSM/NCHPAD inclusive fitness trainer. Thus, he has closely worked with local, state, and international organizations (Community Counseling Services, Special Olympics Mississippi, Badminton World Federation) to promote adapted physical activities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Recently, Dr. Chen also starts leisure activities for aging residents who live in independent-living and nursing facilities in Mississippi. Therefore, Dr. Chen's experiences will make him a candidate for the IMDRC member at large position and support future work in executive committee for ensuring all people reach their fullest potential to live an active and healthy life through movement.

Emiliano Mazzoli

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research fellow, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University, Australia

Research expertise: children, adolescents, school, special needs, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, motor skills, physical literacy, fitness, cognitive functions

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University (Australia). My current work focuses on the adaptation of a school-based physical activity/sedentary behaviour intervention (i.e., Transform-Us!) to cater the specific needs of youth with disabilities. Also, I am interested in children’s physical literacy and its assessment and recently contributed to the development of the first comprehensive pictorial scale to measure children’s perceived physical literacy (i.e., PL-C Quest).

 

I have been an active I-MDRC member for the last five years. I recognise I-MDRC’s mission is to provide a platform to discuss, disseminate evidence, and promote networking/collaboration on motor development research. If elected as a Member-at-large, I will: 1) advocate for I-MDRC with relevant national and international organisations and individuals to raise its profile and expand member base (e.g., promote the organisation to academic/non-academic institutions not yet involved); 2) explore new ways to foster international and interdisciplinary collaborations (e.g., through webinars, networking opportunities during assemblies and other ad-hoc opportunities, such as special interest groups); 3) support the organisation to provide capacity-building opportunities tailored to the needs of the different member groups (e.g., grant application for early career researchers; physical literacy assessment for practitioners).

James Rudd

Current Position: Senior Lecturer, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK 

Research expertise: ecological theories, physical education, motor development, motor learning

My name is Dr James Rudd and I am passionate about improving children’s experiences to participate in meaningful movement throughout their childhood and beyond. I share the IMDRC’s vision of answering philosophical and theoretical questions, at the same time as developing strategies to increase the scholarly impact of movement science research. As a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Mores University believe that I am in a good position to support the IMDRC membership to continue to grow and promote evidence-based practice and policies that are directed towards improving health and motor development across the lifespan. My research is largely guided by ecological theories of movement learning and development and my research studies are focused upon improving teaching and coaching pedagogy/ didactics across the sporting landscape from  physical education through to high-performance sport.