Faculty member recognized for distinguished service

December 21, 2010 | News, UToday
By Jessica Somos



The American School Health Association has given the 2010 Distinguished Service Award to one of its long-standing members, Dr. Joseph Dake, associate professor and chair health and recreation professions.

The award recognizes Dake for making service an integral part of his professional career; that service has been both substantial and consistent over his more than a decade with the association.

“I consider it part of my job and that it’s appropriate for me to do,” Dake said. “Too many people across all professions get into a rut where they just do the minimal and service is usually an above and beyond piece. Fortunately, I’ve enjoyed it.”

A member of the American School Health Association since 1998, Dake has held numerous leadership positions that have included serving on the Board of Directors and chairing the Health Behaviors Council and the Research Council.

His contributions also include serving on various UT committees and reviewing and editing for the Journal of School Health and the American Journal of Health Education.

In the community, Dake donates his time as a consultant, speaker and guest teacher for schools and community organizations.

Of all his achievements, Dake said he enjoys most working with UT graduate students and helping connect them with community organizations to enhance their learning.

“It’s cool to see local agencies connecting students with work in the community and seeing all those pieces click together,” he said.

Dake learned the importance of service when he was a college student and now stresses the significance of mentoring and carrying on the valued lessons he was taught.

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