Dr. Roberta J. Park has a string of awards from all parts of the world for her academic excellence in sport history, especially in her specialty, which is the history of health, exercise and physical education in the 18th and 19th centuries. These include, to mention only a few, the D.B.Dill Historical Lecture, American College of Sports Medicine, The Reet Howell Memorial Address, Australian Society for Sport History, the Distinguished Scholar Award, National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education, the Alliance Scholar, American Alliance for Health and Physical Education, International Sport History Scholar Award, Seward Staley Address, North American Society for Sport History, Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Fellow of the British Society for Sports History.
Dr. Park has edited a number of seminal books and monographs as well as many chapters in books and monographs. She has published at least one hundred articles in scientific journals (and another sixty in proceedings, abstracts, book reviews and other journals) including the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, The Journal of Sport History, Quest, British Journal of Sport History, The International Journal of Sport History, and the Canadian Journal of History of Sport and Physical Education (now Sport History Review). She has delivered lectures and research presentations in all parts of the world, often as keynote speaker or in an honor address. Her research output is truly outstanding and her extensive work on embodiment, sport, health and physical practices in historical context is widely admired.
Dr. Park’s eminence in the field is exemplified by the leadership positions she has held, such as President of the American Academy of Kinesiology, President of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and Vice-President of the International Association for the History of Sport and Physical Education. She has been on the editorial boards of a large number of scholarly journals, including section editor of the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Editor of Quest, Publications Editor for The Association for the Anthropological Study of Play, and the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Sport History, International Journal for the History of Sport and Physical Education, and the Journal of Physical Education and Recreation.