UT Exercise Scientist, Math Educator Recognized

KNOXVILLE — An exercise scientist and a math educator at the University of Tennessee both have been recognized for lifetime achievements in their fields.

Dr. Edward T. Howley, professor and head of UT’s department of exercise science and sports management, will receive the Alumni Achievement Award May 11 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Donald J. Dessart, UT professor of mathematics education, was recognized April 23 with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics Education at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Las Vegas.

Howley has received six UT teaching awards. He co-authored a

Dr. Edward T. Howley

widely used textbook on exercise physiology and a popular guide for health fitness instructors. His research has influenced exercise recommendations in adult fitness and cardiac rehabilitation.

On May 31, Howley will become president of the American College of Sports Medicine. He has served as associate editor-in-chief and a columnist for the organization’s Health and Fitness Journal.

Howley received the master’s degree in physical education in 1967 and Ph.D. in 1969, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dessart also received his undergraduate degree from the

Dr. Donald J. Dessart

University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed his graduate work there and at the University of Maryland.

At UT, Dessart won the John Tunstall Award as Outstanding Faculty Member in 1986, 1988 and 1989 and the Excellence in Humanity and Teaching Award in 1995. He was named Macebearer for 1998-1999, the highest honor bestowed on a UT faculty member.

Dessart has written more than 60 articles and has served on the Board of the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association as vice president and president. He retired in 2000, but continues teaching a statistics class and chairs doctoral committees for students.