Joe L Frost

Joe L Frost
Professor Emeritus, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Catherine Mae Parker Centennial Professorship in Education


Joe L. Frost, Ed.D, L.H.D., Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus, University of Texas, has lectured throughout Europe, Asia, and North America and served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and numerous child care organizations, professional organizations, government agencies, universities, and corporations. Dr. Frost served as President of the Association for Childhood Education International and President of the International Play Association, USA.

He was selected Texas Educator of the Year in 1989 by the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. In 2004, he was awarded the Doctor of Play award by the International Play Association (IPA/USA), and in 2005, a Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the University of the Incarnate Word. In 2006, he received the Patty Smith Hill Award from the Association for Childhood Education International and received the Association of Children?s Museums? Great Friend to Kids Award in 2008.

His most recent of eighteen books are Play and Child Development (3rd Edition) (Prentice Hall, 2007) and The Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds (Association for Childhood Education International, 2004). He is presently writing a history of children?s play and play environments in America and directs a three-decades-running University of Texas research program on children?s play and play environments. For the past three years he served as President of the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Outdoors Ministry of Texas and is sponsoring a research collection on play and play environments at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.