Sep 22, 2020  
2018-19 Graduate Bulletin 
2018-19 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

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Dr. Jay Thornton, chair
Dr. Eric Jones, graduate kinesiology program co-coordinator
Dr. James Rowe, graduate kinesiology program co-coordinator
Dr. Linda Bobo, athletic training graduate program director
H.P.E. Complex, Room 204
(936) 468-3503
Fax: (936) 468-1850

Objectives of the Department

The Department of Kinesiology and Health Science offers programs of study leading to the Master of Science. The purpose of the graduate programs is to improve the competency of human performance and behavioral and preventive medicine professionals and to provide an educational and clinical background for the certified athletic trainer. It also is the conscious intent of the department to serve as a center for conducting research and for interpreting new professional developments in health science, kinesiology (behavioral and preventive medicine, and human performance studies) and athletic training.

The athletic training education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Graduate Faculty


  • Linda Stark Bobo, Ph.D., ATC, LAT, University of Southern Mississippi, Administration and Teaching
  • Eric Jones, Ph.D., University of Alabama, Exercise Physiology
  • DawnElla M. Rust, Ed.D., Oklahoma State University, Health Promotion

Associate Professors

  • Deborah Buswell, Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University, Physical Education
  • Mary Hawkins, Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Health Science
  • Christina Sinclair, Ph.D., University of New Mexico, Physical Education
  • Jay Thornton, Ed.D., Texas A&M University - Commerce, Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction - Higher Education
  • Todd Whitehead, Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi, Applied Physiology

Assistant Professors

  • Derek Cegelka, Ph.D., University of Toledo, Health Education
  • Jeffery Forsse, Ph.D., Baylor University, Exercise Physiology
  • Dustin Joubert, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Exercise Physiology
  • James Rowe, Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University, Exercise Physiology
  • Melinda Watts, Ph.D., ATC, LAT, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Athletic Training

Graduate Assistantships

The department has a number of graduate assistantships available. For information and applications for graduate assistantships, contact the chair of the department.

Research Facilities

The Human Performance and Biochemistry Laboratories of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science are used extensively as both an applied learning center and research facility. Ample opportunities are provided for students to utilize the laboratory equipment and to solve research problems. The 4,500-square-foot SFA Sports Medicine Complex is an integral part of the graduate athletic training clinical experiences.



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