Gordon E. Howell, associate professor of physical education, has been named the College's Raymond W. Greene Chair of Health and Physical Education. The Chair was established in 1967 by Raymond W. Greene, who stipulated that the chairholder should encourage reverence for the "Amazing Creation of the Human Body and Its Functions."
"My scholarly interests have dramatically changed through the years, with the chair providing the impetus for my becoming a sport sociologist and supporting the research and development behind the courses I teach," said Howell. "Were it not for a modest stipend that accompanies this honor, I would not be able to gather the data, nor engage in the travel that has allowed me to study both in the United States and in Europe."
A member of the Rollins faculty for 29 years, Howell received his bachelor's degree from Western Carolina University, his master's in teaching from Rollins College, and his Ed.D. from Highland University. His current area of research is focused on the "figurational dynamics of racial stratification of sport in the United States." Howell teaches interdisciplinary courses related to sport in society from a sociological perspective. He is a member of the national faculty of the United States Sports Academy.