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16 October 2008
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Hammett is New Dean, College of
Education and Professional Studies

Dr. Rebecca Turner, vice president for academic and student affairs at Jacksonville State University, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. John Hammett as Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies. Hammett began his tenure as dean of the University's oldest academic unit on October 1, replacing Dr. Cynthia Harper, who retired earlier this year.

Hammett holds a Bachelor of Science in health and physical education and a Master's of Science in physical education from Jacksonville State University. While an undergraduate at JSU, he was a member of the 1977 and 1978 JSU football teams that won back-to-back Gulf South Conference championships. He was also a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at JSU.

Hammett went on to earn a Ph.D. in health, physical education and recreation with a concentration in exercise physiology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Hammett taught and coached on the high school level at Shelby County High School in Columbiana, Ala. and at John Shaw High School in Mobile. Upon completion of the doctoral degree, he served as an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina at Aiken. There, he was responsible for developing the USCA Wellness Program.

In 1989, Hammett accepted an assistant professor's position at JSU. At JSU, he developed a comprehensive university-based wellness program for faculty, staff, students and their dependents. In 2003, he accepted the position of department head for Health, Physical Education and Recreation at JSU. In 2005, he became the associate dean for the College of Education and Professional Studies.

"As the dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at JSU, I am looking forward to working with faculty, staff, students and our constituencies to carry on the proud tradition in teacher education JSU has enjoyed for 125 years," says Hammett.

"I am also excited about the strong academic traditions we have developed in our professional studies programs in Family and Consumer Sciences, Communication, Technology and Engineering, and Health, Physical Education and Recreation."


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