Human Performance and Leisure Studies Faculty

Dr. Phoebe Butler Ajibade

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (336) 285-3543
Fax: (336) 334-7258
Email: pbajibad@ncat.edu

Bio
Dr. Ajibade began her research career as a graduate research assistant in the Department of Community Health and Physical Therapy at Old Dominion University. She began teaching college courses as a Virginia Department of Education contract consultant to train teachers in Virginia to teach Family Life Education. She has secured over $500,000.00 in grants and contracts from state and federal governmental agencies to reduce cardiovascular disease in high risk communities via physical activity, nutrition and stress management. She currently collaborates with researchers at UNC-Charlotte and NCCU on a project funded by the National Institutes of Health to examine weight and body image in college students. Her research has been published in Obesity, Journal of the National Medical Association, ABNF Journal and Journal of Black Studies, and presented at the American Public Health Association and American College of Sports Medicine.

Education
Ed.D. (2002) – The George Washington University: Higher Education Administration and Leadership
M.S. (1989) – Old Dominion University: Community Health
B.S. (1979) – Radford University: Community Health

Research Interests
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Tobacco Advertising
Obesity
Retention of Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Teaching Areas
Personal Health
Community Health
Stress Management
Aging and Health
Human Sexuality
Methods for Teaching Health
Tennis

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Dr. Paul Ankomah

Title: Professor
Phone: (336) 285-3544
Fax: (336) 334-7258
Email: pankom@ncat.edu

Bio
Paul Ankomah started his teaching career as a Research/Teaching Assistant in the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Science at Texas A&M University. His dissertation focused on the role of perceptual/cognitive distance in the vacation destination decision-making process. He has been teaching at NC A&T State University since August 1992. Currently he teaches courses in Leisure Studies in the Department of Human Performance & Leisure Studies.

Education
Ph.D. (1991) – Texas A& M University: Recreation and Resources Development
M.A. (1985) –Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada: Geography
Graduate Diploma (1984) – Scuola di Science Turistiche, Italy: Tourism Marketing
B.A. (1978) – University of Ghana, Legon: Geography

Research Interests
Diaspora Tourism
Tourism Marketing
Tourism and Technology
Consumer Behavior
Eco-Tourism
Sustainable Tourism Development
Tourism Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, etc.

Teaching Areas
Group Leadership
Community Recreation
Outdoor Recreation
Program Planning

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Dr. Teresa K. Dail

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (336) 285-3545
Fax: (336) 334-7258
Email: tkdail@ncat.edu

Bio
Teresa Dail began her career in higher education as a coach for Division I volleyball and softball teams. She currently teaches Fitness Walking and Human Sexuality as part of the General Education Program and Introduction to Lifetime Fitness, Motor Learning, and Kinesiology as part of the Sport Science and Fitness Management curriculum. She also teaches Movement Forms and Motor Learning as part of the M.A.T. and M.S. programs. Dr. Dail played intercollegiate volleyball and field hockey at Wake Forest University. Her hobbies are photography, tennis, reading, gardening, and water sports.

Education
Ph.D. (2002) – University of North Carolina Greensboro: Exercise and Sport Science
M.A.T. (1975) – University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: Education
B.S. (1974) – Wake Forest University: Physical Education

Research Interests
Applied Motor Learning
Health Behavior Assessment in College Students
Metacognition in the Learning and Retention of Physical and Cognitive Skills

Teaching Areas
Kinesiology
Human Sexuality
Personal Health
Motor Learning and Control
Movement Forms
Fitness Walking
Introduction to Lifetime Fitness

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Dr. Gloria Elliott

Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: (336) 285-3546
Fax: (336) 334-7258
Email: ghelliot@ncat.edu

Bio
Gloria Elliott taught in the public schools of North Carolina, at North Carolina A & T State University, Methodist University, and St. Andrews Presbyterian College. She currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor and the Master of Science(M.S.)graduate coordinator in the Human Performance and Leisure Studies Department.

Education&
Ph.D. (1997) – The Ohio State University: Adapted Physical Education
M.A. (1978) – The University of Connecticut: Physical Education
B.S. (1977) – Fayetteville State University: Health Education

Research Interest
International student teaching
Adapted physical education
Accreditation

Teaching Areas
Motor Learning
Health, Safety, and Liability in Physical Education
Program Development in Adapted Physical Activity

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Dr. Dwedor W. Ford

Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: (336) 285-3548
Fax: (336) 334-7258
Email: dwford1@ncat.edu

Bio
Dwedor Ford began her teaching career not long after graduating from Tennessee State University. Her first teaching position was at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AR for almost two years. There she taught courses in the Computer Science discipline. Upon enrolling in graduate school in summer 2004, she was afforded a graduate teaching assistantship which allowed her to teach undergraduate courses in health and wellness, adapted physical activity, and fitness walking. About a year after obtaining her doctorate, she was hired at A&T. She currently serves the Human Performance and Leisure Studies Department as an assistant professor. While working at A&T, she seeks to fulfill her purpose of fashioning an atmosphere for lifelong learning; creating opportunities for practical application of classroom knowledge outside of the classroom; building relationships with her students, colleagues, community and the world; and maximizing all resources for effective teaching.

Education
Ph.D. (2009) – Middle Tennessee State University: Health and Human Performance (PE)
M.S. (2005) – Middle Tennessee State University: HPERS (Sport Management)
B.S. (2002) – Tennessee State University: Computer Science

Research Interests
Obesity
Technology in Physical Education
Sport Management
Women in Sport
Fitness Programs

Teaching Areas
Advanced Principles of Strength and Conditioning
Assessment and Evaluation in PE and REC
Sport Managment
Fitness and Aging
Fitness Walking
Nutrition for Sport and Fitness
Research Statistics in Physical Education – Graduate course
Sport Facility and Event Management – Graduate course
Ethical and Legal Issues - Graduate course

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Dr. Tiffany M. Fuller

Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: (336) 285-3549
Fax: (336) 334-7258
Email: tf984181@ncat.edu

Bio
Tiffany Fuller began her Teaching Career in 1999 at Pumpkin Center Middle School where she taught Health & Physical Education and coached softball, volleyball and developed a dance team. After two years of public school, she began the PhD program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a assistantship to teach youth during an after school program entitled, "Project Effort." Her primary duties included planning and teaching students in the various after-school programs. While continuing her studies at UNC-G she began teaching at North Carolina A&T State University where she has taught over five hundred students per semester and have advised over 60 a semester. She has also had the opportunity to travel to Brazil with the Teaching Fellows department of NC A&T SU. While in Brazil she had the opportunity to visit the elementary schools and watch their dance team and drum team. She also had the chance to attend a dance class in the basement of a local dance instructor. She has also traveled to Hawaii, where she was able to attend a dance performance and spent the day with a Hawaiian Singer in which she choreographed dances to her song and later taught the dances in her classes.

Education
Ph.D. (2009) – University of North Carolina At Greensboro: Exercise & Sport Science
M.A. (1999) – NC A&T State University: Health & Physical Education-Adapted Physical Education
B.S. (1998) – NC A&T State University: Health & Physical Education-Psychology

Research Interests
Multi-cultural dance
"Dance in Action" – Grant Program
Obesity among girls

Teaching Areas
Personal Health
Weight Training
Stress Management
History of Sports
Team Sports
Introduction to Lifetime Fitness

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Dr. Trent Larson

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (336) 285-3550
Fax: (336) 334-7258
Email: tlarson@ncat.edu

Bio
Trent Larson began his teaching career in 1993 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the HPER Department at the University of New Mexico. His dissertation focused on the creation of a taxonomy of environmental education. After completing his doctoral work, he took a faculty position at North Carolina A&T. Some of his personal interests include sports, scouting, camping, American history and travel. He and his wife Andrea are the parents of two children.

Education
Ph.D. (1994) – University of New Mexico: Health, Physical Education and Recreation
M.A. (1991) – Brigham Young University: Recreation Management
B.S. (1986) – Brigham Young University: Psychology

Research Interests
Tourism and Technology
Tourism and Africa
Recreation Planning
Environmental Education

Teaching Areas
Technology for HPLS
Leisure Studies
Personal Health
Weight Training

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Dr. Minyong Lee

Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: (336) 285-3553
Fax: (336) 334-7258
Email: mlee1@ncat.edu

Bio
Minyong Lee came to North Carolina A&T State in 2012. He began his academic career as a Research/Teaching Assistant in the Department of Kinesiology at University of Connecticut. His dissertation focused on the financial aspects of corporates' social sponsorships with professional organization. Before joining to A&T, he served as a full-time instructor at Valparaiso University for two years. Currently, he teaches Undergraduate and Graduate courses related to sport management/administration.

Education
Ph.D. (2012) – University of Connecticut: Sport Management
M.A. (2006) – University of Connecticut: Sport Management
B.S. (2002) – Chosun University: Engineering

Research Interests
Sport marketing
Sport finance
Sport management
Secondary data analysis

Teaching Areas
Sport management
Facility and equipment management
Sport finance and economics
Sport marketing
Sport governance

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Dr. Diana "Deana" Melton

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (336) 285-3551
Fax: (336) 334-7258
Email: dimelton@ncat.edu

Bio
Diana Melton taught at three North Carolina colleges and universities before arriving at NC A&T State University in 2002. She is certified as a Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) through the American College of Sports Medicine, a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a Primary Group Exercise Leader through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Dr. Melton runs the Healthy & Fit Personal Training and Assessment Program at A&T, a program in which faculty, staff, and students of A&T have access to assessment of their health and fitness status, have access to Sports Science and Fitness Management (SSFM) junior and senior personal exercise leaders to help them achieve their health and fitness goals, and in which SSFM majors can engage in practical experience.

Education
Ed.D. (2002) – University of North Carolina-Greensboro: Exercise and Sport Science
M.S. (1994) – University of North Carolina-Greensboro: Exercise Physiology
B.S. (1991) – Springfield College: Rehabilitation

Research Interests
Strengthening the background knowledge, skills, and ultimately, credentials of Fitness Leaders through research-based theory and proactive
Addressing the decrease in Physical Activity and rise in Obesity rates among diverse Americans that lead to negative health outcomes

Teaching Areas
Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription
Exercise Programming for Special Populations
Nutrition for Sport and Fitness
Principles and Advanced Principles of Strength & Conditioning
Fitness Leadership

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Dr. Jerono P. Rotich

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (336) 285-3552
Fax: (336) 334-7258
Email: jprotich@ncat.edu

Bio
Jerono Rotich came to North Carolina A & T in 2005. She began her teaching and coaching career in Kenya. She taught and coached K-12 as well as college and University. While in the United States she served as a graduate teaching and research assistant at the State University of New York at Brockport and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to her teaching, she is actively involved in several community projects that focus on health and wellness. She serves on several boards and committees in Guilford County.

Education
Ph.D. (2004) – University of North Carolina Greensboro: Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education
M.S.Ed. (1999) – SUNY Brockport: Physical Education
B.S. (1994) – Kenyatta University, NBI Kenya: Physical Education

Research Interests
Multicultural /Diversity activities and cultural competency
Physical activity promotion
Youth and Community sports
Health and Safety

Teaching Areas
Health and wellness
Activity courses
Pedagogy
Health and Safety

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Dr. Brenda Swearingin

Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: (336) 285-3554
Fax: (336) 334-7258
Email: brendas@ncat.edu

Bio
In 2000, Brenda Swearingin took a part-time faculty position at North Carolina A&T and began the concurrent pursuit of the Ph. D. in Exercise and Sport Science which she subsequently completed at the University of North Carolina- Greensboro in the area of exercise physiology with a particular emphasis on the impact of physical activity on obesity related risk factors. Currently, she teaches many of the exercise science courses in the department’s new Sport Science and Fitness Management degree program, which she worked collaboratively with her colleagues to develop.

Education
Ph.D. (2008) – University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Exercise and Sport Science
M.A. (1998) – University of Arkansas: Exercise Science (Biomechanics)
B.S. (1994) – University of Arkansas: Kinesiology (Exercise Science)

Research Interests
Physical Activity and Obesity
Lifestyle Modification Programs
Continuous vs. Intermittent Exercise

Teaching Areas
Exercise Physiology
Kinesiology
Research Methods
Activity Courses

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Mr. Richard Watkins

Title: Instructor
Phone: (336) 285-3555
Fax: (336) 334-7258
Email: watkinsr@ncat.edu

Bio
Richard Watkins taught at North Carolina A&T State University for 2 years starting as graduate assistant before embarking on a coaching career that yielded 17 conference titles and 18 coach of the year honors. He has now been at A&T for the past 16 years and is a part of the dynamic faculty in Human Performance and Leisure Studies. During his career in higher education he has served in the capacities of department chair, athletic director, head baseball and volleyball coach and has garnered recognition in the areas of recruitment and advisement.

Education
Further Study – Middle Tennessee State University: Sport Sociology
M.S. (1977) – North Carolina A&T State University: Physical Education
B.S. (1976) – High Point College: Physical Education

Research Interests
NYSP Girls Program and also SDPI Long-term Expulsion and Suspension

Teaching Areas
Sports Management
Sports History
Internships

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Dr. Daniel Webb, Chair

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (336) 334-7712
Fax: (336) 334-7258
Email: dwebb@ncat.edu

Bio
Dr. Daniel Webb serves as the Teacher Education coordinator within the department of HPLS, the graduator coordinator, and the coordinator of the Master’s of Art in Teaching (M.A.T.) program. In addition, Dr. Webb is the Principal Investigator of a federally funded after-school program entitled: Helping Youth Positively Evolve (HYPE). Dr. Webb’s areas of professional preparation are Adapted (Special) Physical Education/Activity, Sport Pedagogy, and Research Methods/Statistical Analyses. More importantly, Dr. Webb has presented and published numerous peer-reviewed papers regarding the above-mentioned areas.

Education
Ph.D. (1999) – The Ohio State University: Adapted (Special) Physical Education/Activity, Sport Pedagogy, and Research Methods/Statistical Analyses
M.S. (1995) – University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse: Adapted (Special) Physical Education/Activity, and Human Motor Development
B.S. (1994) – Coppin State University: Adapted (Special) Physical Education/Activity, and Sport Pedagogy

Research Interests
Attitudinal analyses of individuals with physical/orthopedic disabilities
Inclusion of students with disabilities, psychometric measurements
Advocacy for students with various disabilities
Youth who are considered at-risk
Issues impacting minorities in the profession of sport pedagogy

Teaching Areas
Research Methods
Statistics
Assessment and Evaluation
Adapted/Special Physical Activity/Education
Motor Learning/Development
Sport Pedagogy
Teaching Methods

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HPLS Instructors

Dr. Edward Eaves

Phone: (336) 334-7712

Courses: Exercise Physiology

Dr. Regina A. Epps

Phone: (336) 285-3547

Email: raaverye@ncat.edu

Courses: Self-Defense, Fitness Leadership, Intro to Kinesiology

Mr. Donald Vines

Phone: (336) 334-7712

Email: drvines@ncat.edu

Courses: Personal Health, Health and Wellness in the 21st Century

Mr. Thomas Waddell

Email: twaddell@ncat.edu

Phone: (336) 334-7712

Course: Personal Health