Dr. Edgar Shields, Jr. Associate Professor in Sport Administration and Director of the Graduate Studies and Graduate Admissions in Exercise and Sport Science will serve as interim chair during a research leave for Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz. Dr. Shields will serve in this capacity until January 1, 2012.
Edgar (Ed) W. Shields, Jr., Ph.D. is a “Tar Heel” by birth and life-long resident of NC. His hometown is the small community of High Falls, near Robbins and Pinehurst-Southern Pines, and he received AB, MAT and PhD degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Ed has been a member of the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill since 1974, where he holds his current positions in the Department of Exercise & Sport Science (EXSS). Administratively his Carolina experiences have been quite diverse, ranging from Director of Intramural-Recreational Sports to Supervisor of Student Teachers to Associate Department Chair to Director of Graduate Studies and Director of Graduate Admissions. Currently holding the latter two positions, he directs Master of Arts degree programs in exercise physiology, sport administration and sport medicine. During his first two decades at Carolina he taught many different courses across several areas
For over a decade he was chair of the department’s Human Subjects in Research Committee and the department’s Affirmative Action Officer, the latter a post he continues to hold. Ed is currently a member of the University’s Biomedical Institutional Review Board, as well as a member of the Faculty Council, the Administrative Board of the Graduate School and the Graduate School Fellowship Committee. Annually serving on a very large number of thesis committees Ed provides many individual consultations in the areas of research design and statistical analysis for students and some faculty as well. Holding Fellow status in the Research Consortium of AAHPERD, his research, publication and presentation record is as wide-ranging and extensive as his administrative and teaching positions. His research, publications and presentations range from motor learning to curriculum to measurement-evaluation to high school sports to intercollegiate sports, and other specific topics too numerous to list, but all within the broader areas of sport administration, sport medicine and exercise physiology. Ed’s primary area of scholarship, and the area in which he has made the greatest contribution, is best characterized by collaboration with both student and faculty researchers across disciplines – routinely collaborating with others in the planning, implementation, analysis and communication of research projects across the many sub-areas of EXSS. He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and an “Outstanding Faculty Award” from the UNC Alumni Association and Division of Student Affairs.