Human Performance and Sport Sciences

Our Aim and Direction

The Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences (HPSS) prepares students for professional careers in the following areas of concentration:

  • Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Sport Administration

The Department focuses on the development of competent leaders for our diverse society, who will promote the essentials of quality living, as well as excellence in teaching and serving.

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1. Preparation of physical education teacher's pedagogical techniques in the design of program activities which would guide youth in becoming physically active for the rest of their lives.

2. Prepare health educators to promote wellness by instructing others in the way of proper diet, stress management, psychological well-being, human sexuality, exercise, and play, as well as other fundamental behaviors that improve the quality of life for all individuals and communities.

3. Prepare exercise science students for careers in community physical fitness entities: public, private, corporate, commercial and clinical settings.

4. Prepare sports administrators to lead highly effective sport, recreation, and corporate programs.

The Department of HPSS offers three undergraduate concentration (majors) and two graduate majors. The Graduate Catalog should be consulted for information on master degree programs in Sports Administration and Exercise Science. Completions of the undergraduate curriculums terminate in a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree. Retention requires that students meet all specific minimum hours for graduation with a GPA of 2.00 or higher, in programs listed below. A Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better may qualify a major for graduation with only one D recorded in the Major Core.

Teacher Education candidates are required to Pass Praxis I / Pre-Professional Skills Tests or achieve the state threshold score on the ACT or SAT; achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.75 before applying for admission into the Teacher Education Program. Teacher education admission requirements are further specified in the introductory material included under the general heading: The College of Education.


spotlight                               HPSS 's Spotlight is on...

                             Dr. Timothy P. Jones
                                           Jones HPSS

                             "A Focus on Service"

   HPSS Department
- Serve as department leadership, in absence of department chair.
- Advisement coordinator (undergrad & graduate students),
  Consortium Advisor
- Masters Comprehensive Exam coordinator
- Chaired several search committees in HPSS (including
  department chair position).
- Represented HPSS Department at several on & off campus
   college recruitment fairs.
- Curriculum committee (Chaired)

 College of Health Sciences:
- College Curriculum committee (more than 5 years)
- College Tenure & Promotion committee (numerous years)
- College representative at the MNPS career fair at Music
  City Center Fall 2018

 Tennessee State University:
-  University Personnel Committee (tenure & promotion),
   Chair for 2018-19
-  Consortium Advisor, The HPCU Title III grant supporting
   the Enhancing Student Success Consortium Initiative.  Fall
   2014 – Present.
-  TSU Physical Therapy Advisory Board, served 2, 3 year
-  Graduate Council, 3 separate, 3 year terms (currently
-  Served on ad Hoch committee on Graduate School Metrics

  • Faculty review committee (currently)
  • Curriculum committee (previously)
  • Appeals & petitions (previously)

-        Faculty Senator, 2 separate, 3 year terms

  • Curriculum committee
  • Faculty Welfare & Relations committee
  • Faculty Handbook committee

-  Service Learning & Civic Engagement

  • Martin Luther King Day of Service – Project leader (numerous years)
  • Univ 1000 Service to Leadership instructor & service project leader

-   University Tenure & Promotion Policy Review Committee,

-   Search Committee member, College of Business Dean,
     Director of Events Management and Director of
     International Student Services.

     Professional Service
-    Tennessee Association of Health, Physical Education,
     Recreation & Dance (TAHPERD), Board Member and
     chair of aquatics committee.

-    Middle Tennessee High School Swim Coaches
     Association (MTHSSA), Board Member and diving

-     Tennessee Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association
      (TISCA), Diving representative

 -    Community Service

-     American Red Cross, Middle Tennessee Chapter

  • Disaster Services Volunteer
  • Health & Human Services volunteer instructor

-        ­Girls Scouts of Middle Tennessee

  • First Aid & lifeguard instructor for Camp Holloway & Sycamore Hills

-        Boy Scout of Middle Tennessee

  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED instructor for Boxwell Reservation

-         Nashville Dolphins ( Special Needs Swim Program)
          Aquatic Exercise service project with Tennessee State
          University and Belmont University Physical
          Therapy and HPSS students (numerous years).