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K-State Today

April 19, 2013



College of Human Ecology faculty earn honors for excellence

By Communications and Marketing

Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology is recognizing three faculty members for excellence in teacher, research and student development.

The award winners were announced by Virginia Moxley, dean of the college.

David C. Poole, professor of kinesiology and anatomy and physiology, is the recipient of the Faculty Research Excellence Award; Kristy L. Archuleta, assistant professor of personal financial planning, is the winner of the Myers-Alford Teaching Award; and Jared Anderson, assistant professor of family studies and human services, has earned the Dawley-Scholer Award for Faculty Excellence in Student Development.

Poole is recognized internationally for his contributions to the fields of pulmonary gas exchange and systemic oxygen transport especially as regards vascular and microcirculatory control. His current research examines the mechanisms for vascular dysfunction in chronic heart failure and diabetes and the development of novel strategies for improving muscle function and quality of life. He has received the Faculty Research Excellence Award in recognition of superior accomplishment in scholarship, including research and creative activities.

Poole is author or co-author of three books, including the textbook "Oxygen Uptake Kinetics in Sport, Exercise and Medicine" and has published more than 250 peer-reviewed research papers and reviews. He is editor of the European Journal of Applied Physiology, associate editor for the Journal of Applied Physiology and sits on the editorial board for eight other physiology/medical journals. He has received the Commerce Bank Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching, the Meriel Award for Excellence in Veterinary Medical Teaching and the Pfizer Outstanding Research Award.

As a principal investigator, he has been awarded more than $4.5 million in research grants from such entities at the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.

Poole joined Kansas State University in 1994 with a joint appointment in kinesiology and anatomy and physiology. He has a doctorate in kinesiology from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Doctor of Science in physiology from John Moores University, Liverpool, England.

Archuleta's work includes bridging the fields of financial planning and counseling and marriage and family therapy. She is being recognized for demonstrating outstanding ability not only in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, but also in providing valuable information to colleagues, peers and other practitioners in the field.

Her research and teaching interests include rural and farm families, dyadic processes influencing financial satisfaction and marital satisfaction, empirical based treatment for couples experiencing financial difficulties, and theoretical development to understand the connection between financial planning and couple relationships. She has worked with Women Managing the Farm, a project focused on agriculture and women in Kansas and surrounding states.

Using a student-centered approach to teaching, Archuleta involves a variety of teaching techniques and technology in her classrooms and demonstrates the importance of research experience for student by involving them as co-authors and co-presenters.

Archuleta is a licensed marriage and family therapist, co-founding board member of the Financial Therapy Association and is co-editor of the Journal of Financial Therapy. She earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University and a master's degree and doctorate from Kansas State University.

Anderson teaches and researches in the areas of marriage, families and health and military families. He is being recognized for outstanding achievement resulting in the personal/professional/educational growth of students. Recipients of this honor challenge students to reach their full potential.

"I hope to convey to students that in working with me they will have to provide their best effort, but in doing so they will learn new skills, begin to more fully discover their capabilities, and yet know that they will be supported at each step along the way," Anderson said about being a mentor and a developer of students.

Anderson is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the National Council on Family Relations and the International Association for Relationship Research. He has traveled to China with students to conduct workshops on marriage and family related issues and to collect research data.

He earned a master’s degree from Kansas State University and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.