Kamla Receives State Recognition for Contributions to Physical Education Field

December 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm

A USC Upstate pKamla Jimrofessor recently honored for his work says it’s a reflection of the school’s program.

Dr. Jim Kamla, assistant professor of physical education teacher education, was named the South Carolina Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (SCAHPERD) of the Year Award, University Level.

The SCAPES Honors and Awards Committee selected Kamla for this honor because of his outstanding contributions to the field of physical education.

“It’s quite an honor,” Kamla said. “It’s a reward for all of the hard work that we have put in to the physical education program at USC Upstate.”

Kamla came to the University five years ago from the University of Southern Indiana with one goal in mind – to help shape the physical education program at Upstate.

Through the leadership of Dr. Ben Snyder, program coordinator and exercise sports science director, Kamla said a concerted effort has been made to not just be a good program, but to be known for PE.

“We want to have the best and most qualified candidates when schools turn to us,” Kamla said. “We want top-notch graduates, so we hold them to a higher bar.”

Kamla said at times that can mean having that difficult conversation with a student to let them know more is expected or what things they need to work harder on, when trying to achieve a certain goal.

“They have to do the work,” Kamla said. “We want students who are passionate about teaching physical education and we want that to show both in and out of the classroom.

“We really believe in what we are teaching,” Kamla said. “That’s what people see when they make nominations for awards. They see that we are graduating students who are ready to be in the classroom. It’s more of a reflection of the program, than me.”

Kamla received the award and was recognized at the 2013 SCAHPERD Convention held in November.