Health and Human Performance

Welcome to the Department of Health & Human Performance at
Texas A&M University-Commerce. We offer graduate and undergraduate programs in health with teacher certification; public health; kinesiology with teacher certification; human performance; and sports and recreation management.  Our accomplished faculty and small class sizes produce an inviting atmosphere for learning and scholarship.

Vision

The Department of Health & Human Performance at Texas A & M University – Commerce strives to become the premier health and human performance department in the A&M System.

Mission

The Department of Health & Human Performance achieves excellence in implementing challenging academic curricula that prepare leaders in the fields of health, kinesiology, and sport to excel in a dynamic and digital society.  The Department empowers and engages students and faculty through applied knowledge and real-world experiences in diverse community and global settings.  Faculty and students produce and disseminate quality research that is current and relevant to communities of learners in our academic, professional, and global environments.

Meet HHP Faculty and Staff

  • Elizabeth Wachira

    Areas of Research:

    Health Vulnerabilities among Marginalized Populations

  • Samantha Roberts

    Dr Roberts earned her PhD in Strategic Sport Marketing from Coventry University in the United Kingdom, where she examined the impact of corruption in sport on the management of sport sponsorship programs.

    Areas of Research:

    Managerial implications of corruption in sport, sport law, governance and trust.

  • Anthony C Rosselli

    Dr. Rosselli earned his PhD with an emphasis in Sport Management. His areas of expertise include administration, sociology, and pedagogy.

    Areas of Research:

    Diversity Issues in Sport, Sport for Development, Sense of Community

  • Henry  Ross

    Dr. Ross is the Past President of Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance and advises students in the B.S. in Human Performance program.

    Areas of Research:

    Concerns of African American higher education faculty

  • Lauren  Rhodes

    Ms. Rhodes has an M.S. in Health, Kinesiology, & Sports Studies with a concentration in Sport Management from A & M Commerce. She coordinates the Fitness & Recreational Activity program. Her specialty area is yoga.

  • Steve  Prewitt

    Dr. Prewitt received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Exercise and Sport Science. He is a former public school teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience.

    Areas of Research:

    Curriculum and Instruction, Technology in Physical Education, Personalized System of Instruction.

  • Sarah  Mitchell

    Mrs. Mitchell received her MS in Exercise Physiology from University of Texas at Arlington and is currently pursuing a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Texas Woman's University. She is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Texas Licensed Athletic Trainer.

  • Sandy  Kimbrough

    Dr. Kimbrough earned her Ph. D. with an emphasis in Motor Learning. Her areas of expertise include Motor Development, Motor Learning, Sport Psychology, and Teaching in K-12 and Higher Education.

    Areas of Research:

    Pedagogy, Physical Education

  • Quynh  Dang

    After completing her degree in Health & Sport Science from the University of Oklahoma and coming to College Station for grad school, the Fortune 500 company Quynh worked for paid for her to complete a PhD in Kinesiology.

    Areas of Research:

    Global Health & Corporate Wellness

  • Dean Culpepper

    Dr. Culpepper earned a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Houston. He is also a Certified Sports Psychology Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

    Areas of Research:

    Sports Morality, Bullying, and Physical Activity

  • Clay Bolton

    Dr. Bolton is from Aiken, South Carolina and has spent most of his career in college athletics and student affairs. He has 20 years of working in a higher education setting.

    Areas of Research:

    Student-athlete community service endeavors, Fund-raising and non-profit work, NCAA governance issues

  • Betty Block

    Areas of Research:

    Relational cultural theory, narrative practice, leadership, and the phenomenology of embodiment

  • Vipa Bernhardt

    Areas of Research:

    Integrative physiological responses during exercise, Weight loss or aerobic exercise training effects on shortness of breath during exercise, Psychophysiological factors of dyspnea on exertion

  • Lola  Kanaman

    Ms. Lola Kanaman joined the Human and Health Performance department June 2016 after 7 years of dedicated Administrative service to Texas A&M University Commerce

  • Tara  Tietjen-Smith

    Dr. Tietjen-Smith has a doctorate in Health and Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), and has served almost two decades in higher education.

    Areas of Research:

    Higher Education Administration, Women's Health