Health Sciences associate dean inducted as Kinesiology Fellow

Deborah Riebe becomes one of just 165 Fellows in National Academy of Kinesiology

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Deborah Riebe
College of Health Sciences Associate Dean Deborah Riebe

KINGSTON, R.I., Oct. 26, 2018 — College of Health Sciences Associate Dean Deborah Riebe has been elected to the National Academy of Kinesiology, one of only 165 active fellows in the organization.

A kinesiology professor specializing in exercise science, Riebe was one of 12 fellows inducted into the exclusive group earlier this fall, during the Academy’s 88th annual gala in Chicago. The Academy is a prestigious group of fellows who have made multiple significant contributions to advancing the field of kinesiology. “Being elected a fellow in the Academy is considered the pinnacle career achievement within the discipline of kinesiology,” according to an Academy announcement of Riebe’s election.

The process of becoming a fellow begins with a nomination from another active fellow, which is then reviewed by a membership board. Finally, a prospective fellow’s membership is voted on by the whole Academy. Professor Carol Ewing-Garber of Columbia University nominated Riebe.

“I am passionate about my work in the field of kinesiology, and it is an honor to be acknowledged by my peers,” said Riebe, who is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition, she is the senior editor of the current edition of ACSM’s “Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.” The textbook is the flagship title from the American College of Sports Medicine and “is kind of a big deal in our field” Riebe said.

Since becoming associate dean of The College of Health Sciences, Riebe hasn’t been teaching as many classes as she once did, but continues to teach Exercise Testing and Prescription (KIN 325) because she believes it is important to connect with the students. She also directs a study abroad and internship program for kinesiology students in Australia.