Professor Dale Ulrich


Dr. Ulrich is a full professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan since 1999. He was a professor at Indiana University for 13 years prior to moving to Michigan.

He has published more than 80 peer reviewed journal articles and made more than 200 research and professional presentations at national and international conferences including 16 times at the NAPEC conference.

Dale’s most cited work is for his TGMD 1, 2, and 3 and his infant treadmill training research to reduce the delay in walking onset seen in the Down syndrome population.

Dale has been awarded International Fellowships to train many European & Asian graduate students in Adapted Physical Activity research and assessment at: Palacky University in the Czech Republic, the Katholic University in Belgium, The Norwegian University of Sport Science in Oslo Norway, The University of Dortmund in Germany, East China Normal University in Shanghai China, & Beijing Sport University in China.

He has received more than 6 million dollars in federal research & training grants from the US Office of Education Programs & government rehabilitation agencies.

He has mentored 19 doctoral and post-doctoral students and 5 international scholars and as a result, in 2016 he was awarded the prestigious University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School, Distinguished Graduate Student Mentor Award, the first for a faculty member in the School of Kinesiology.

As a result of his productivity over a long career, he has received multiple awards from Education organizations including:

>2018 Hollis Fait Scholarly Contribution Award, National Consortium for Physical Activity for Individuals with Disabilities.

>2016 Julian Stein Lifetime Achievement Award in Adapted Physical Activity at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Health and Physical Educators, Minneapolis, MN.

>2005 Elected as a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology

>1993 Awarded with the G. Lawrence Rarick Research Award for exemplary record of research involving individuals with disabilities. National Consortium on Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities.

Recently, the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA) decided to begin awarding a scholarly Leadership Award starting in 2020 and decided to name the award after Dale.

What Dale is most proud of is receiving 4 university teaching awards at the University of Michigan and Indiana University.

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