Ralph Lamar Turner, EdD

Title: Associate Professor
Company: Eastern Kentucky University
Location: Berea, Kentucky, United States

Ralph Lamar Turner, EdD, Associate Professor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Education.

Dr. Turner has been an associate professor with the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University since 2014, concurrently serving as the library science program coordinator. Before joining Eastern Kentucky, he worked in physical education, and served for one year as a Fulbright Senior Professor of the College of Pädagogik und Sport Wissenschaft at the Technical University of Munich. Dr. Turner has published on an incredible array of subjects, building on his original field of study in interdisciplinary studies. From his most recent role as a reviewer for smart learning for American Scientific Publishers to reviewing humanistic learning theory in the prevention of child obesity, Dr. Turner has been a long-serving member of the American scientific community.

An alumnus of Emory & Henry College, Dr. Turner earned a BA in interdisciplinary studies and went on to earn an MA in religion from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in 1983. He completed a MA in physical education from East Tennessee State University in 1988, and worked with the Johnson City Medical Center for two years as an exercise physiologist. Dr. Turner returned to academia to earn an EdD in education with East Tennessee State University. He joined the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in 2002, and after his term with the University of Munich, taught English with EF International Schools. In 2004, he became a reference librarian with the Charles C. Sherrod Library at East Tennessee State University, where he completed a MEd in 2005. He was high school librarian for three years, and a Fulbright Professor once again in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2006.

Dr. Turner joined his current institution in 2010 after serving as a professor with the College of Library and Information Science in Southern Utah University. Though he has reviewed a number of different subjects, his own work has focused on sports in America, including “Review of Muscular Christianity: Manhood and Sports in Protestant America, 1880-1920,” and “The Cowboy Way: The western leader in film,” which he co-authored. Dr. Turner has been recognized with numerous grants, and is a member of such organizations as the Tennessee Association of School Librarians, the Kentucky Library Association, and the Popular Culture Association.

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