Kinder Receives Highest Honor from OAHPERD
Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Dr. Chad Kinder, associate dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences/Education and chair of the Department of Parks and Recreation Management, recently received a prestigious award at the state convention of the Oklahoma Association of Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Kinder was presented the Honor Award, the highest honor presented by OAHPERD.
Kinder has been an active participant in OAHPERD. He has served on the board and council in many capacities, from research section chair to vice president for recreation to president. Kinder was awarded the OAHPERD Recreation Professional of the Year Award and the Scholar Award in 2004. He won the 13-state Southern District AHPERD Recreation Professional of the Year Award in 2009.
Kinder received his Bachelor of Science in Education and his Master of Education degrees from SWOSU. He received his doctoral degree in natural resource recreation management from Oklahoma State University.
Beginning in 1993, Kinder spent four years in public education in the Custer City and Clinton Public Schools. Following that he served as manager and ranger at Crowder Lake Park for nearly 10 years.
Kinder's primary research area is New Deal era parks and recreation. He has conducted extensive research on Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) and Works Progress Administration parks in Oklahoma. Kinder has made many presentations at the state, regional and national levels. A member of many professional organizations, Chad also serves as the continuing education coordinator for his multi-state, regional association—the Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute.