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Stephen F. Austin State University

Faculty & Staff Bios

Kinesiology & Health Science Faculty & Adjuncts

Thornton, Jay, Ed.D.
Thornton, Jay, Ed.D. - Department Chair Educational Background: Dr. Thornton earned his B.S. in Kinesiology and M.Ed. in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University. Dr. Thornton received his Ed.D. from Texas A & M Commerce in Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction- Higher Education. Research/Areas of Interest: Promoting physical activity, teaching models and outdoor recreation. Office: HPE Room 204 Phone: 936.468.3503

Before teaching in higher education, Dr. Thornton taught in the public school system for 7 years teaching physics, physical science, physical education and coaching athletics.


Bae, Mihae Ph.D
Bae, Mihae Ph.D - Assistant Professor Office: HPE 208 Phone: 936.468.3988
Bobo, Linda, Ph.D, ATC, LAT, CES, FMS, GTM1/2
Bobo, Linda, Ph.D, ATC, LAT, CES, FMS, GTM1/2 - Professor, GATP Program Director Educational Background: Dr. Bobo completed her B.S. from Northeast Louisiana University, M.Ed. from Northwestern State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. Research/Areas of Interest: Effective clinical instruction and the utilization of video feedback. Office: HPE Room 224A Phone: 936.468.1599
Dr. Bobo's professsional activities include serving as a sports medicine volunteer with the United States Olympic Committee and USA Tae Kwon Do and CAATE Site-Visitor for accreditation. She is a recipient of the National Athletic Trainers' Association AT Service Award and the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association in AT Excellence Award.
Buswell, Deborah, Ph.D.
Buswell, Deborah, Ph.D. - Associate Professor Educational Background: Dr. Buswell received her doctoral degree from Texas Woman's University in Adapted and Developmental Physical Education, her M.S. degree from Baylor University in physical education, and her B.S. degree in physical education from the University of Maine. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Buswell's research interests include disability sports, inclusion, and teacher preparation. Office: HPE Room 228A Phone: 936.468.1661
Cegelka, Derek, Ph.D.
Cegelka, Derek, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Dr. Cegelka received his B.S. in Health Science from Lock Haven University, his MPH from East Stroudsburg University and his Ph.D. in Health Education from The University of Toledo. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Cegelka research interests include death and dying, gerontology and sexuality education. Office: HPE 217 Phone: 936.468.2353


Hawkins, Dr. Mary
Hawkins, Dr. Mary - Associate Professor Educational Background: Dr. Hawkins received her B.S. in biology, two M.Ed. degrees in health and wellness promotion and sports administration from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and her Ph.D. in health science from the University of Arkansas. Research/Areas of Interest: Community and Public Health; disease prevention; active living, program planning, and program evaluation. Office: HPE 214 Phone: 936.468.1610
Jones, Eric, Ph.D.
Jones, Eric, Ph.D. - Professor, Director, Human Performance Lab Educational Background: Dr. Jones earned his B.S. in Fitness and Sports Medicine from Southeast Missouri State University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama. Research/Areas of Interest: Environmental Stress, Thermoregulation, Hydration, Muscle Recovery Office: Education Annex Room 107 Phone: 936.468.1864
Joubert, Dustin, Ph.D.
Joubert, Dustin, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Dr. Joubert earned his B.S. and M.A. in Kinesiology from Sam Houston State University. He received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Texas A & M. Research/Areas of Interest: Endurance Exercise Performance, Blood Pressure and Vascular Health Office: Education Annex Room 104 Phone: 936.468.1380


Moore, Amanda
Moore, Amanda - Assistant Professor Office: HPE 210 Phone: 936.468.1755


Rice, Sharon
Rice, Sharon - Instructor Office: HPE 209 Phone: 936.468.1527
Rowe, James Ph.D.
Rowe, James Ph.D. - Associate Professor Educational Background: Dr. Rowe received his B.S. in Kinesiology from Angelo State University, his M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Texas Christian University and his doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Texas Woman's University. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Rowe's research interests include the influence of diet and exercise risk factors for metabolic diseases such as heart disease and diabetics. Office: Education Annex Room 108 Phone: 936.468.7098
Rust, DawnElla M., Ed.D.
Rust, DawnElla M., Ed.D. - Professor Educational Background: Dr. Rust received her B.S. in Community Health from Oklahoma State University, her M.S. in Health and Physical Education from Emporia State University, and her Ed.D. in Health Promotion from Oklahoma State University. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Rust's professional goal is to make "healthy" the easy choice through policy, environmental change, and system change. Office: HPE Room 215 Phone: 936.468.1495
Samelson, Heather, M.F.A.
Samelson, Heather, M.F.A. - Assistant Professor & Dance Program Coordinator Educational Background: BFA and MFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University. Research/Areas of Interest: Specializes in Modern Dance technique, in the Limon style and Choreography. Office: HPE Room 211 Phone: 936.468.1614
Stewart, John PhD
Stewart, John PhD - Asst. Professor Office: HPE 213 Phone: 936.468.5497
Sumrall, Keilea Ph.D.
Sumrall, Keilea Ph.D. - Asst Professor Office: HPE 220 Phone: 936.468.1812
Wagner-Greene, Victoria, PhD
Wagner-Greene, Victoria, PhD - Assistant Professor Office: HPE 218 Phone: 936.468.1543


Watts, Melinda, PhD (TBA), ATC, LAT, FMT
Watts, Melinda, PhD (TBA), ATC, LAT, FMT - Assistant Professor; Clinical Education Coordinator Educational Background: Mrs. Watts completed her B.S. and M.S. from Stephen F. Austin State University, and completed her Ph.D. from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Research/Areas of Interest: Injury prevention with rodeo athletes Office: HPE Room 221 Phone: 936.468.1721
Whitehead, Robyn, Ph.D.
Whitehead, Robyn, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Office: HPE 216 Phone: 936.468.8493
Whitehead, Todd, Ph.D.
Whitehead, Todd, Ph.D. - Associate Professor Educational Background: Dr. Whitehead received his B.S. in Exercise Science, M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Ph.D. in Applied Physiology. All three degrees were completed at the University of Southern Mississippi. Research/Areas of Interest: Ergogenic Supplements, Novel Training Techniques Office: HPE 225 Phone: 936.468.1462

Dr. Whitehead has 9 years teaching experience in higher education and includes Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels.


Blair, Alisa - Lecturer Office: Athletics Phone: 936.468.4013
Chelette, Amber Ph.D - Adjunct Office: HPE 212 Phone: 936.468.1567
Clark, Robert MFA - Adjunct Office: HPE 209 Phone: 936.468.1885
Harpin, Tammy - Adjunct
McDermand, Robert - Adjunct Phone: 936.468.4429
Nau, Lionel - Lecturer Office: Athletics
Randolph, Jasmine - Adjunct
Seaton, Trace - Adjunct
Thompson, Jessica - Adjunct Office: SGYM 102 Phone: 936.468.8493


Baker, Rachel - Accounting Clerk III Office: Kinesiology & Health Science HPE 204B Phone: 936.468.2283
Moore, Ashley - Administrative Assistant Office: HPE 204 Phone: 936.468.1875
Milstead, Trenton - Equipment/Locker Room Attendant Office: Men's Locker Room Phone: 936.468.4444