Faculty and Staff



Department of Human Performance
and Sport Sciences (HPSS)

Tennessee State University
Howard C. Gentry Athletic Complex, 3rd Floor
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Box 9549
Nashville, TN  37209-1561

Voice: (615) 963-5581
Fax:   (615) 963-5594





Jason Smith, Ed.D.

Department Chair & Associate Professor
Pedagogy, Sports Leadership

Office: Gentry Center,  327
Telephone:  (615) 963-2172

Schedule & Office Hours

Email:  jsmith66@tnstate.edu 


Ms. Agnes Boyd, M.A.

Physical Education

Office: Gentry Center, 317
Telephone: (615) 963-5605

Schedule & Office Hours

Email: aboyd@tnstate.edu


Robbie Cochrum , Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Exercise Science
Office: Gentry Center, 325 
Telephone: (615)-963-5986

Schedule & Office Hours

Email: rcochrum@tnstate.edu



Poliala Dickson , Ph.D., CHES

Associate Professor
Health Education and Health Promotion
Office: Gentry Center, 328
Telephone: (615) 963-5604

Schedule & Office Hours

Email: pdickson@tnstate.edu


James Heimdal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Exercise Physiology and Cardiovascular Health

Office: Gentry Center, 326

Schedule & Office Hours

Email:  jheimdal@tnstate.edu 



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William Johnson, Ph.D.

Director of HPSS Graduate Programs
Faculty Trustee - TSU Governing Board
Office: Health Sciences Bldg, Office 229
Telephone:  (615) 963-5927

Email: wjohnso7@tnstate.edu 


Tim Jones, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Exercise Physiology and Sport Science
Director of Student Advisement
Office: Gentry Center, 330
Telephone: (615) 963-5610

Schedule & Office Hours

Email me: tjones@tnstate.edu 



Jennifer Mayes-Brown, M.S.

Health and Wellness 
Faculty Advisor
Tiger Fit (HPSS Majors Club)

Office: Gentry Center,  329
Telephone:  (615) 963-5599

Schedule & Office Hours

Email: jmayes4@tnstate.edu

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Dr. Sarah Martinez-Sepanski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Exercise Sciense  
Office: Gentry Center,  330
Telephone:  (630) 902-1557 

Schedule & Office Hours

Email: smarti59@tnstate.edu


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Marcus Shute, Jr.

Adjunct Faculty
Office: Gentry Center,  330
Telephone:  (615) 963-2557

Schedule & Office Hours

Email: mshutejr@my.tnstate.edu

Nil Moinet

Nil Moinet, B.S

Graduate Assistant
Office: Gentry Center, 324

Email: nmoinet@tnstate.edu

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Franka Sindicic, B.S

Graduate Assistant
Office: Gentry Center, 324

Email: fsindic@tnstate.edu

   Physical location to Gentry:                 

From 28th Avenue N., turn onto Walter S. Davis Blvd. - the Howard C. Gentry Athletic Complex will be on your left. The Department Office is located on the third floor of the Gentry Center Athletic Complex.