Distinguished Alumni Awards
John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award
Tami Benham Deal - 2006
Dr. Tami Benham Deal is an associate professor in the Division of Kinesiology and Health at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Benham Deal has published numerous articles on developmentally appropriate physical education, physical activity in childhood, and standards-based education. She has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on contracts and research grants totaling more than $450,000. For the past five years, she has been a consultant to the Wyoming Department of Education for Health and Physical Education and has provided technical assistance to all of Wyoming’s 48 school districts in education reform issues related to health and physical education. In her professional development workshops teachers learn how to align their curriculum, instruction, and assessment to state standards. Given the geographical barriers inherent to a large, frontier state, Dr. Benham Deal has created statewide list-serves and developed web-sites to keep Wyoming teachers informed about current research in the field, best practices, and professional development opportunities.
Dr. Benham Deal’s service contributions extend beyond the state of Wyoming. She currently serves as the chair for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) State Collaborative on Assessment of Student Standards (SCASS) Health Education Project (HEAP). In recognition of her service contributions, she was awarded the University of Wyoming, College of Health Science’s 2005 Meritorious Service Award. In addition to working with pre-service teachers and practitioners, Dr. Benham Deal especially enjoys the challenges of teaching. Her courses include lifespan motor development, preschool movement program teaching experience, lifespan growth and psychomotor development, and research methods in kinesiology and health.
Dr. Benham Deal completed her B.S., M.S. and P.E.D. all from the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Indiana University.