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The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center was founded in 2008 by Drs. Terry and Jan Todd who served as its co-directors. During the Center’s first decade, Terry Todd watched with great pride as The Center grew into a world-renowned research center and library dedicated to the study of strength, fitness and general sports. In 2018, Dr. Terry Todd passed away.  Learn more about Dr. Terry Todd.

 

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LEADERSHIP

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Jan Todd , Ph.D., the Roy J. McLean Fellow in Sport History - is both a sport historian and a well-known expert on strength training.

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Kim Beckwith, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director for the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center and an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the...

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Tolga Ozyurtcu, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Instruction in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University...

 

STAFF

Our mission-critical tasks of archiving, curation, digitization, exhibit maintenance, and research assistance could not happen without our incredible staff. Kim Beckwith- the Associate Director at the Stark Center – leads our efforts to catalogue, sort, and maintain all of our collections.  Our full-time archivist Caroline Jones and Geoff Schmalz – along with graduate assistants from the School of Information – help make our collections accessible to researchers from around the world.

Caroline Jones

Caroline Jones is originally from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and came to Austin in 2010. She graduated from St. Edward’s...

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Patty McCain is a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Patty is a former...

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Kyle R. Martin is a lifelong Austinite, a third generation Calabrese-American, and a writer extraordinaire. In 2010, he graduated cum...

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Geoff Schmalz graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1998. He...

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Christy Toms is a native Marylander making Texas her new home. She is enthusiastic about the accessibility and education of...

 

AFFILIATED FACULTY – COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

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John D. Fair, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas...

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Thomas M. Hunt, J.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of...