Larry Nelson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Arlington. He holds a Ph.D. in Sport Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado, a M.S. in Physical Education Teacher Education and a B.S. in Exercise Science from Colorado State University. His research interests include the affective and physiological outcomes of a variety of physical education and youth development programs. Dr. Nelson’s work has advanced service-learning models and active-learning strategies that cultivate adolescents’ ability to think critically, solve-problems and grow self-awareness/self-control. He has been the Primary Investigator on multiple Dancing Classrooms research studies which include publications in academic journals such as Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. Larry has received numerous teaching awards including the Star-Telegram’s Community Service-Learning Award (2008), the UT Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2009), and the Arlington Sunrise Rotary’s Excellence in Higher Education Award (2016). In 2011, Dr. Nelson was named Citizen of the Year by the YMCA of Arlington. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Janie and has two children Gianna and Joshua.