A Long Island native and a graduate of East Meadow (N.Y.) High School, Judith Rink ’65 earned a Master of Science in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a doctorate from Ohio State University.
A resident of Chapin, S.C., Rink has served 28 years on the physical education faculty at the University of South Carolina (USC).
“She is viewed as one of the foremost researchers in the country on physical education curriculum development,” wrote Patricia Sullivan ’65, professor emerita in the Exercise Department of The George Washington University, in nominating Rink for the award. “She is truly an exceptional individual and an exceptional professional. She has served as an inspiration to many.”
Rink has authored or co-authored six books, including the 2010 text, Schoolwide Physical Activity: A Comprehensive Guide to Designing and Conducting Programs (Human Kinetics) and the 2008 text, Designing Physical Education Curriculum for a Physically Active Lifestyle (Boston: McGraw-Hill). Another book, Teaching Physical Education for Learning (Boston: McGraw-Hill), goes to press with a sixth edition. Rink also has written more than 40 articles appearing in refereed publications and delivered more than 60 national or international presentations in her field. She is a regular manuscript reviewer in leading physical education publications including the Journal of Teaching Physical Education, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Rink has supervised and mentored many doctoral dissertations and masters theses and directed the post-doctoral studies of several current leading faculty members in higher education as well as hundreds of undergraduate students.
“I have been proud to pass the torch to them,” she writes. “As important as academic preparation is for a profession, the most valuable tool for a successful career that I received from Cortland was the desire to be the best professional that I could be. We called it PA, or ‘professional attitude,’ back in those days and in today’s vernacular it would be called ‘socialization into a profession.’ I have carried PA with me throughout my career and continue to hold dearly those values that were instilled in me as a young undergraduate.”
Rink has directed the South Carolina Education Assessment Program, which is a comprehensive model for state assessment emulated by New York state. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) named her to its Hall of Fame in 2000 and, in 2007, presented her with its Teacher Educator Honor Award. Rink has served many professional organizations, including on NASPE’s Board of Directors and its Quality Physical Education Task Force. In 2003, the College of Education at USC honored her with its Outstanding Researcher Award.
Rink was inducted into SUNY Cortland’s C-Club Hall of Fame in 1988 for accomplishments that included both an Outstanding Teacher Award and a Scholar Award from the South Carolina Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The American Academy for Kinesiology and Physical Education, one of the most prestigious organizations in the field, inducted her as a member in 2006 and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance presented her with a 1999 Curriculum and Instruction Academy Honor Award.