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

  • 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

  • Lola  Kanaman

  • Ruth  Beelitz

    Ms. Beelitz is a Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Specialist who holds an M.S. in Health, Kinesiology, and Sports Studies. She has over 12 years of experience in wellness and recreation.

  • Vipa  Bernhardt

    Dr. Bernhardt earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Physiology from the University of Florida and is the program coordinator for the B.S. in Human Performance.

    Areas of Research:

    Respiration and perceived exertion; obesity, sleep apnea, and ventilation

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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