Meet the Honorary Chair of the 2012 Conference on the Value of Play!

Sep 01, 2011
posted by Fran Mainella

Joe Frost, Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus, University of Texas, has lectured throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. He served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Air Force, and numerous child-care organizations, professional organizations, government agencies, universities, and corporations. During his 34-year tenure at the University of Texas he supervised more than 50 PhD dissertations and has published more than 20 books and numerous professional articles, monographs, and book chapters. In 2007, his article in Childhood Education, "The Changing Culture of Childhood: A Perfect Storm," was one of two Distinguished Achievement Award Finalists in the Association of Educational Publisher’s Learned Article category.

Dr. Frost was President of the Association for Childhood Education International and was President of the International Play Association, USA. He was selected Texas Educator of the Year in 1989 by the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, and in 1989 he received the University of Texas Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Award. In 2004, Dr. Frost was awarded the Doctor of Play award by the International Play Association (IPA/USA), and in 2005, a Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the University of the Incarnate Word. In 2006, he received the Patty Smith Hill Award from the Association for Childhood Education International and in 2008 he received the Great Friend to Kids Award from the Association for Children’s Museums.

He directs a three-decades-running research program involving University of Texas faculty and graduate students at Redeemer Lutheran School in Austin, Texas, enrolling more than 500 students preschool through middle school, featuring natural and built play yards, natural habitats, gardens, and outdoor science classrooms. For the past three years he served as President of the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Outdoors Ministry of Texas. His books include: Children and Injuries, and The Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds. His most recent books are A History of Play and Play Environments, published in 2009, and Play and Child Development, published in 2011.

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