Dean Brooks

Message from the dean

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

West Virginia University’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences is a premier educational organization, preparing students to work in a global market place. The vision of the College is to inspire people to become active: to excel in research, creative activity, and innovation in sport sciences and physical activity. Today, students may pursue B.S., M.S., and/or Ph.D. degrees in Athletic Coaching Education, Athletic Training, Physical Education Teacher Education, Sport and Exercise Psychology, or Sport Management. The College has over seventy-five years of graduating stellar students. Alumni of the College hold highly regarded positions such as college professors, high school and college coaches, athletic trainers, college athletic directors, public school teachers, military leaders, attorneys, dentists, sport administrators, and many more professional positions.

The College’s faculty are nationally and internationally recognized teachers, scholars, public servants, and hold very prestigious leadership positions across the various professional organizations. In addition, faculty have received many prestigious awards and honors from highly acclaimed national organizations. Faculty are committed to student success and to the discovery of new knowledge.

With a vision toward the future, and building on past success, the College’s comprehensive strategic plan (2020), in concert with the University’s strategic plan, actively supports the following overall educational goals:

Goal 1: Engage undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in a challenging academic environment.

Goal 2: Excel in research, creative activity, and innovation in all disciplines.

Goal 3: Foster diversity and an inclusive culture.

Goal 4: Advance international activity and global engagement.

Goal 5: Enhance the well-being and the quality of life of the people of West Virginia.

Specific and measurable outcomes were developed for each of the five stated goals. As a result, the College has positioned itself to recruit and retain quality faculty, staff, and students. The increased number of student scholarships, support for student groups to travel to conferences, the establishment of the Dean’s Office Follow the Leader Program, and Student Advisory Board are just a few examples of the College’s commitment to the students’ professional and academic success.

I am happy to report, in the fall, 2014, the College will move from its current home located in the Coliseum to a new 30,000 square foot, three story building, containing state-of-the-art classrooms, computer lab, research labs, multi-purpose room, and office space for faculty and staff. The College’s students will also have access to classes in the Student Recreation Center, Natatorium pool, Shell Building courts, Stansbury Hall Gymnasium and Fitness Center, Coliseum, and E. Moore Hall facilities.

I encourage you to review the College’s web page and explore the many and unique academic degrees and minors offered by the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

Enjoy the journey!


Dana D. Brooks