Health and Kinesiology Faculty

Dr. Christopher M. Hearon

Dr. Christopher M. Hearon, FACSM

Professor and Chair

Coordinator, Exercise Science Program

Coordinator, Human Performance Laboratory

Office Phone:361-593-3048

Office Location: Health & Recreation Building #101

E-mail: Christopher.Hearon@tamuk.edu

Degrees:  Ph.D., Louisiana State University; M.Ed., Texas Tech University; B.S., Texas Tech University

Areas of Expertise:  Exercise Physiology, Applied Statistics, Exercise Testing & Prescription

Research Interests:  Human Performance in Environmental Extremes, Body Composition Estimation Practices

  Dr. Bliss

Dr. Matthew V. Bliss

Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 361-593-2751

Office Location: Health & Recreation Building #201

E-mail: Matthew.Bliss@tamuk.edu

Degrees:  Ph.D., M.A., Kent State University; B.S., Mansfield University (PA)

Areas of Expertise:  Exercise Physiology, Nutrition for Health and Performance

Research Interests: Physiological Responses of Exercise in a Hypoxia Environment, Efficacy of Ergonenic Aids and Nutritional Supplements

Dr. Bloomquist

Ms. Judy Bloomquist

Lecturer II

Office Phone: 361-593-4537

Office Location: Steinke Physical Education Center #108

E-mail: kfjkb00@tamuk.edu

Degrees:  M.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville; B.S., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Dr. Bert

Dr. Daniel Burt

Assistant Professor

Coordinator, Sport Business Program

Coordinator, Sport & Leisure Studies Program

Office Phone:361-593-4580

Office Location: Steinke Physical Education Center #109

E-mail: daniel.burt@tamuk.edu

Degrees:  Ph.D., University of Arkansas-Fayetteville; M.S. Henderson State University; B.A. Ouachita Baptist University (AR)

Areas of Expertise: Kinesiology Pedagogy, Sport Management, Adapted Physical Education

Research Interests:  Increasing Physical Activity Beyond the Classroom, Academic Success in Athletics, Research Methodology, PETE (Physical Education Teacher Education) Intern Support

Dr. David M. Cutton

Dr. David M. Cutton

Associate Professor and Associate Chair

Coordinator, Kinesiology Graduate Program

Office Phone:361-593-2372

Office Location: Health & Recreation Building, #210

E-mail: david.cutton@tamuk.edu

Degrees:  Ph.D., Louisiana State University; B.S., University of Florida

Areas of Expertise:  Sport Pedagogy, Motor Learning, Applied Sport Psychology

Research Interests:  Sport and Exercise-Related Self-Talk, Motivation, Attention and Performance

Dr. Mike Daniel

Professor 

Office Phone:361-593-3101

Office Location: Steinke Physical Education Center, #105

E-mail: michael.daniel@tamuk.edu

Degrees:  Ed.D., University of Arkansas; M.S. University of Missouri; B.S.E. Southern State College

Areas of Expertise: Exercise Science

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Health; Sport Motivation

Dr. Tyler Farney

Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 361-593-3213

Office Location: Health & Recreation Building, #105

E-mail: tyler.Farney@tamuk.edu

Degrees:  Ph.D., Louisiana State University; M.S., University of Memphis; B.S., Colorado State University

Areas of Expertise:  Exercise/Sport Physiology, Applied Biomechanics, Strength and Conditioning

Research Interests:  Human Performance, Biochemical and Physiological Adaptations to Skeletal Muscle, Fatigue and Recovery within Muscle and Nervous System  

 

Prof. Sheila C. Harris

Prof. Sheila C. Harris

Assistant Professor

Office Phone:361-593-3102

Office Location: Health & Recreation Bldg. #231 (Dance Studio)

E-mail: Sheila.Harris@tamuk.edu

Degrees:  M.S., Texas A&I University; B.S., Texas A&I University

Areas of Expertise:  Dance, Fitness, Safety

Research Interests:  Adult Fitness, Effect of Exercise on Diabetes

Prof. J. Randy Hughes

Prof. J. Randy Hughes

Assistant Professor

University Chief of Staff

Office Phone:361-593-2800

Office Location: College Hall #234

E-mail:  kfjrh00@tamuk.edu

Degrees:  M.S., Texas A&I University; B.S., Texas A&I University

Areas of Expertise:  Physical Education Pedagogy, Coaching, Officiating

  Dr Killion

Dr. Lorraine Killion

Associate Professor

Coordinator, EC-12 Physical Education Program

Office Phone:361-593-3095

Office Location: Steinke Physical Education Center #112

E-mail: lorraine.killion@tamuk.edu

Degrees:  Ed.D., University of Houston; M.Ed., Prairie View A & M University; M.A., University of Houston-Clear Lake; B.S. Stephen F. Austin University

Areas of Expertise:  Kinesiology Pedagogy, Psychosocial Aspects of Body Image, Childhood Obesity

Research Interests:  Psychosocial Aspects of Childhood Obesity; Relationship between Body Image, Physical Activity Levels, and Eating Behaviors; Cultural Aspects of Exercise Behavior in Relation to Physical Activity and Body Image; Socio-Environmental Correlates of Physical Activity.

Dr. Melody Knight

Dr. Melody Knight, RN, MCHES

Professor

Coordinator, Health Program

Office Phone:361-593-3062

Office Location: Steinke Physical Education Center #110

E-mail: Melody.Yarbrough@tamuk.edu

Degrees:  Ph.D., Texas A&M University-College Station; M.Ed., Texas Tech University; B.S., Southwest Baptist University (MO)

Areas of Expertise:  School Health, Asthma, Osteoporosis, HIV/AIDS, Human Sexuality, Obesity, Diabetes

Research Interests:  Hispanic Health Issues, Health Issues in South Texas,  Cardiovascular Health, Sexuality and Obesity

Dr. Brian Menaker

Dr. Brian Menaker

Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 361-593-4437

Office Location: Steinke Physical Education Center #113

E-mail: brian.menaker@tamuk.edu

Degrees:  Ph.D., University of Florida, M.A., University of Iowa, B.A., Grinnell College (IA)

Areas of Expertise:  Risk Management, Event Management, Operations and Planning, Sport Policy

Research Interests:  Law Enforcement Policy and Planning at Sporting Events, Effect of Sporting Events on Community and Public Health, Relationship Between Sport and Deviance

Dr. Alberto Ruiz

Dr. Alberto Ruiz

Professor

Dean, College of Education and Human Performance

Office Phone:361-593-2082

Office Location: Rhode Hall #120, Dean's Suite

E-mail: alberto.ruiz@tamuk.edu

Degrees:  Ed.D., University of Houston; M.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville; B.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Areas of Expertise:  Physical Education Pedagogy, Sport Coaching, Sport Officiating, Athletic Administration

Research Interests:  Youth Fitness, Children’s Attitudes Toward Physical Activity, Sport Coaching, Sport Officiating

Dr. Nestor W. Sherman

Dr. Nestor W. Sherman, FACSM

Regents Professor

Coordinator, Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy Program

Office Phone:361-593-2490

Office Location: Steinke Physical Education Center #120

E-mail: nsherman@tamuk.edu

Degrees:  Ed.D., University of Houston; M.Ed., University of Houston; B.S.E., State University of New York-Cortland

Areas of Expertise:  Measurement and Evaluation, Statistical Analyses

Research Interests:  Statistical Modeling, Energy Expenditure, Test Development

Dr. Amber Shipherd

Assistant Professor

Coordinator, Exercise Science/Performance Psychology Program

Office Phone: 361-593-3058

Office Location: Steinke Physical Education Center, #111

E-mail: amber.shipherd@tamuk.edu 

Degrees:  Ph.D., Texas Tech University; M.S., Florida State University; B.S., University of California-Davis

Areas of Expertise:  Applied Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (SEPP), Coaching Psychology

Research Interests:  Effective Applied SEPP Practices, Techniques, and Interventions (e.g., Athlete Leadership Development, Sport Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, and Self-efficacy in Sport and Exercise), Effective Practices for Online Learning and Instruction in SEPP

Part-Time Faculty

Rob Barrett, M.S.
Lecturer I
361-593-4568

Ashlee Burt, M.S.
Lecturer I
SPEC #107
361-593-4503

Livia Diaz, M.A.
Assistant Professor Emeritus
361-593-2301

Victoria Elia, M.S., ATC, LAT
Lecturer I
361-593-2493

Mary Beth Geyer, M.S.
Lecturer I
361-593-4568

D. Scott Gines, M.Ed.
Lecturer I
361-593-2414

Tony Kreitzer, M.S.
Lecturer I
361-593-4771

Philip Middleton, M.A.
Lecturer I
361-593-2411

Tim Miller, M.Ed.
Lecturer I
361-593-2424

Joe Morales, M.A.
Lecturer I
361-593-2413

Michael Peres, M.Ed.      
Lecturer I
361-593-2452

Aared Sampson, M.S.
Lecturer I
361-593-2424

Graduate Assistants

GAs can be contacted in the SPEC Computer Lab (SPEC 124) at 361-593-4270 or via the Departmental Office at 361-593-2301.

Ashley Benavides
Olmito, TX
B.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Ross Fiegener
Folsom, CA
B.A., Occidental College

Rudy Herrera
Eagle Pass, TX
B.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Logan Nelson
Orange Grove, TX
B.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Dassy Salazar
Houston, TX
B.A., Texas State University-San Marcos

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