Dr. David A. Birch
David A. Birch is professor and chair of the Department of Health Science at The University of Alabama. From 2001-2008 he served as a professor and chair of the Department of Health Education and Recreation at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). He was also a faculty member at Indiana University and Penn State University. He is a past-president of the American Association for Health Education (AAHE), and served on the Board of Directors of AAHE, the American School Health Association (ASHA), the National Association of Health Education Centers (NAHEC), and the Board of Trustees of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). Dr. Birch is currently serving as co-chair of the National Implementation Task Force for Accreditation in Health Education, as a member of the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Advancement for Health Education. He is the chair of the editorial board of the Journal of School Health and a member of the editorial board of Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the American Journal of Health Studies. Dr. Birch is a Charter Fellow of AAHE and an ASHA Fellow. He has received the SOPHE Presidential Citation (2012), the ASHA Outstanding Researcher Award (2010), AAHE Professional Service Award (2008), AAHE Presidential Citation (2008, 2012 and 2013), and ASHA Distinguished Service Award (1996). He was the 2008 Ann E. Nolte Scholar in Health Education, Illinois State University and a Robert D. Russell Scholar, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2000). While at Indiana University, Dr. Birch received the Trustee’s Teaching Award and the Teaching Excellence Recognition Award. His research interests include professional preparation, professional leadership and the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.