Darlene A. Kluka, PhD, D Phil
Darlene Kluka has been recognized as an international scholar and leader in the fields of sport science and women and sport. Her professional career spans 36 years, of which she has dedicated her energy and enthusiasm to the advancement of women and sport science. She has been presented with the ICHPERSD Biennial Scholar Award; the International Scholar Award, presented by the International Relations Council of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the International Academy of Sports Vision Research Award; and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Hong Kong Baptist University Research Center. She has also achieved Research Fellow status in the International Academy of Sports Vision and in the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). She has been inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame for her contribution to volleyball coach education and has earned the prestigious USA Volleyball Leader in Volleyball Award. She has also been honored as an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria in the Department of Biokinetics, Sport and Leisure Sciences. Most recently, she has been named the 2008 Distinguished Alumna of Texas Woman's University.
Kluka is presently a full professor and coordinator of sport management programs at Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida, USA. She is currently President of the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW), is a member of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport, and is Chair of the Editorial Board of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) as well as a founding member of USA Volleyball Sports Medicine and Performance Commission. She is a former Vice President of USA Volleyball and served on its board of directors for 8 years. She also served as a member of the United States Olympic Committee for a quadrennium.
She has published two texts, has edited or co-edited 7 books, has written chapters in 9 texts, has over 100 articles published in refereed journals, and has presented over 300 professional papers on 5 continents. Her areas of interest include visual perception and decision making in sport, women and sport leadership, and the governance of sport.