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 measuring the affective and physiological outcomes of physical education programs and curriculum. Dr. Nelson’s work has advanced service-learning models that improve social-emotional learning and critical thinking outcomes in adolescent development. 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 School Community Journal. 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.