Darlene A. Kluka has earned two doctoral degrees, one in motor learning from Texas Woman’s University in Texas, USA, the other in sport management from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is currently Vice President of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), a Commissioner for the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), and a charter member of USA Volleyball Sports Medicine and Performance Commission (SMPC). She has served as Vice President of USA Volleyball, President of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS/USA) as well as the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW) and a Deputy Delegate to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Kluka has been presented with the prestigious ICSSPE Philip Noel Baker Research Award, Leader in Volleyball Award (USAV), and has been inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame, National Association of Sport and Physical Education Hall of Fame, and Illinois State University College of Applied Science and Technology Hall of Fame. She has also been selected as Distinguished Alumna of Texas Woman’s University.

Her research interests include women in sport and governance, as well as visual skills in sport. She has published three texts, over 120 articles, and presented professional/research papers on five continents.