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Lisa Pleban


Professor and Coordinator of Physical Education Teacher Education

Lisa A. Pleban, Ed.D. is a professor of Physical Education at VTSU Castleton where she also has served as the Coordinator of the Physical Education Teacher Education since 2004. Throughout her teaching career, Dr. Pleban has focused her efforts on the development of effective health and physical educators. Students in her department are subject to high standards for professional dispositions and display a strong commitment to civic engagement.

Dr. Pleban is the recipient of the 2023 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Health and Physical Educators of Vermont (SHAPE VT. ) She is the 2011 Castleton State College Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty of the Year award which recognizes the outstanding contributions and achievements of Castleton faculty whose “excellence in teaching influences students well beyond graduation.” In 2010 she was recognized as the Vermont Association of Health Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Higher Educator of the Year. Dr. Pleban was the 2018 recipient of the SHAPE America Eastern District Tilia J. Fantasia Service Award.

Dr. Pleban serves as the Executive Director of the Society of Health and Physical Educators – Vermont. She plays an active part in maintaining connections between the Vermont Department of Health, SHAPE VT, and the Vermont Agency of Education. These relationships have not only identified sources of funding to assist teachers and schools, but have helped to improve the quality health and physical education programming throughout Vermont.

Prior to her teaching at VTSU Castleton , Dr. Pleban served as a college- and high school-level athletics coach, and, as a research associate at Yale University’s Department of Neurology.

Dr. Pleban consistently serves as a healthy role model to her students. She is an avid runner, golfer, and cyclist. She has completed eight marathons including the 2021 Boston Marathon.