Dr. Darlene A. Kluka, Dean-HPLS, is presently Dean of the School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences and Full Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, USA. She has also been an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa in the Department of Sport and Leisure Studies and continues to be a member of the sport leadership development team for the Malawi National Sports Council. She is presently part of the international faculty at the University of Beira Interior, Portugal, in their international sport science master’s degree program. She is currently a charter member of USA Volleyball Sports Medicine and Performance Commission. As a former Vice President of USA Volleyball, she has served on its board of directors. A Past President of International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW), she continues to serve on its Executive Board. She also served as a member of the United States Olympic Committee for a quadrennium. Additionally, she has published three texts, over 125 articles, and has presented professional/research papers in five continents.
Kluka has been recognized as an international scholar and leader throughout her 42-year career, of which she has dedicated her energy and enthusiasm to the advancement of women and sport science. She has been presented with the International Council of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (ICHPERSD)Biennial Scholar Award; the International Relations Council (IRC – AAHPERD) International Scholar Award; International Academy of Sports Vision Research Award; and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Hong Kong Baptist University Research Center. She is a Research Fellow in the International Academy of Sports Vision and Research Consortium of SHAPE America. She was also presented with the prestigious International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) Philip Noel Baker Research Award (highest award) and received Life Membership in the (IAPESGW) (highest honor).
Additionally, she has been inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) (highest award) Hall of Fame for her contributions to coach education and has earned the prestigious USA Volleyball Leader Award. She was also inducted into the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) (highest award) Hall of Fame for her contributions to sport. Named the Distinguished Alumna of Texas Woman's University (highest award), she has also been inducted into the Illinois State University CAST (College of Applied Sciences and Technology) Hall of Fame.