Dr. John Hammett Named Assoc. Dean, Education & Professional Studies
23 November 2004 — Dr. John Hammett was named Associate Dean of the
College of Education and Professional Studies on November 18, 2004. Dr. Cynthia Harper, Dean of the College of Education and
Professional Studies, said, "Dr. Hammett is an excellent choice for Associate Dean. He has a broad experiential and knowledge
base in both education and professional studies programming. In addition to outstanding leadership qualities, Dr. Hammett has
the energy level necessary to promote excellence throughout all areas served by the College."
Dr. Hammett holds a BSE degree in Health and Physical Education with certification in English and a master's degree in
Physical Education from JSU. He earned a PhD in Health, Physical Education and Recreation with a concentration in Exercise
Physiology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1986.
Dr. Hammett taught and coached at the high school and college levels in Birmingham and Mobile before entering the doctorate
program at USM. His initial collegiate appointment was at the University of South Carolina at Aiken where he taught health
and physical education courses and created a university-based wellness program.
Since returning to JSU (1989), Dr. Hammett has been instrumental in developing a BS degree program in Exercise Science and
Wellness, a comprehensive university-based wellness program, and revamping the BSE degree program in physical education.
In 2001, Dr. Hammett was named as the Department Head for Health Physical Education, and Recreation. He has served as
the NCATE coordinator for reaccreditation since November 2003.
When asked about the new appointment Dr. Hammett said, "I am looking forward to serving a strong and diverse faculty and
student body as we face the challenges and opportunities of what I believe is a bright future for the College of Education
and Professional Studies."
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