Waneen Wyrick Spirduso

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Mauzy Regents Professor Emeritus


U.T. Service 1968- 2011

The visionary leader who molded the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education into a research-based program of international renown

Internationally acclaimed scholar and researcher in movement science and sport gerontology

Nationally and Internationally Recognized Leader in the Field of Kinesiology and Health Education

First Woman to Receive the University of Texas Presidential Civitatis Award, 2008

Authored 7 books and  more than 95 research reports and reviews

Career Highlights

  • Department Chair, 1973-1987
  • Interim Dean, College of Education, 1987-1989
  • First Chair of the Woman’s Athletics Council at UT Austin
  • Founder and Director of the  Institute for Gerontology

Honorary Awards

  • Elected to American Academy of Kinesiology and  Physical Education, 1983; President 1988
  • H. Clarke Hetherington Award, National Academy of Kinesiology, 2011
  • President’s Council on Physical Fitness Honor Award, 2009
  • Elected Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, 2003
  • Herbert deVries Award for Research, Council on Aging and  Adult Development, AAHPERD, 1998