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David Bassett Jr Named New KRSS Department Head

Bassett Named As Department Head for Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies

The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (CEHHS) is pleased to announce that David R. Bassett, Jr. has been appointed as Department Head of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies. He has served as the interim department head since May, 2016.

Bassett is a professor whose research focuses on the measurement of physical activity and energy expenditure in humans, using objective methods.  He received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Oberlin College, a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Ball State University, and a PhD in Physical Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  He has been with the college since 1988 where he started as an assistant professor in Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies and as Co-Director of the Center of Physical Activity and Health.  He was appointed director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory in 1994, and he became a full professor in 2001.

Bassett has served on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Board of Trustees and the Science advisory board for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.  He is chair of the ACSM’s ActivEarth task force that promotes the benefits of active travel for health, the environment, and the economy. Bassett was also a board member of the International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour for which he served as secretary.  He serves on the editorial board of two journals (Journal of Physical Activity and Health and Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviors).

Please join CEHHS in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Bassett as the new Department Head of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies.