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Jeffrey Fairbrother Education, Health & Human Sciences

Jeff Fairbrother

Interim Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs

Biography

My research typically focuses on the identification of factors that contribute to optimal performance, learning, and retention of motor skills. Specifically, I study the effects of factors in the instructional setting that are under the control of a practitioner. Some examples include:

  • Self-control effects on motor learning (i.e., the effects of providing learners with control over some aspect of the instructional setting such as feedback administration or amount of practice)
  • Attentional focus effects (i.e., the effects of instructions that direct participants’ attentional focus to various cues)
  • Task switching effects on motor performance (i.e., the effects of the order in which different tasks are performed)
  • Practice schedule effects (i.e., the effects of the order in which multiple tasks are practiced; also known as contextual interference effects)
  • The effects of repeated testing on motor skill retention

Education

Ph.D.

Florida State University

Movement Science
(Motor Learning & Control)

M.S.

California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo

Physical Education
(Exercise Science & Health Promotion)

B.A.

University of California, Santa Barbara

English

Experience

2016 - Present Interim Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

2015 - Present Professor, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (formerly Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies)

2012–2016 - Department Head (interim, 2012-Jan 2016; regular, Feb-Apr 2016), Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (formerly Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies)

2009–2015 - Associate Professor, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (formerly Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies)

2003–2009 - Assistant Professor, Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (formerly Exercise, Sport & Leisure Studies)

2000–2003 - Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Towson University

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching is guided by a strong desire to help each student master content knowledge and disciplinary specific skills that will support the capacity for problem solving and critical thinking in real world settings.

Awards/Recognition

  • 2015-2016 - Fellow, Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program
  • 2015 - Dean’s Leadership Award, College of Education, Health, and  Human   Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2010 - George F. Brady Teaching Award, Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies, University of Tennessee
  • 2007 - Helen B. Watson Outstanding Faculty Research Award, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, University of Tennessee
  • 2002-2003 - The Leadership Institute, Towson University

Current Research Projects

My current research is focused on examinations of self-control and attentional focus effects on the performance and learning of motor skills.

Current Service

  • 2017-2018 - Member, Search Committee for Provost
  • 2017-2018 - Member, Search Committee for Motor Learning, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies
  • 2017-2018 - Chair, Search Committee for Assistant Dean and Director of Student Services of the Graduate School
  • 2017-2018 - Chair, Motor Learning/Control Program Committee, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
  • 2017-2020 - Member, Board of Directors, American Kinesiology Association (elected)
  • Strategic Planning Training (2017)
  • 2016 - Present University Space Committee
  • 2016-2019 - Member, Communications Committee, American Kinesiology Association
  • 2012 - Present Editorial Board Member, Journal of Motor Learning and Development

Recent Publications

Fairbrother, J.T. (in press). Skill acquisition: The science and practice of teaching sport skills. In M.H. Anshel (Ed.), APA Handbook of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Meira, Jr., C. & Fairbrother, J.T. (in press). Ego-oriented learners show advantage in retention and transfer of balancing skill. Journal of Motor Learning and Development.

Fairbrother, J.T., Post. P.G., & Whalen, S. (2016). Self-reported responses to player profile questions show consistency with the use of complex attentional strategies by expert horseshoe pitchers. Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 7, 1028. doi:  10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01028

Post, P.G., Aiken, C.A., Laughlin, D.D., & Fairbrother, J.T. (2016). Self-control over combined video feedback and modeling facilitates motor learning. Human Movement Science, 47, 49-59.

Meira, Jr., C.M., Fairbrother, J.T., & Perez, C.R. (2015). Contextual interference and introversion/extraversion in motor learning. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 121, 2, 447-460.

Laughlin, D.D., Fairbrother, J.T., Wrisberg, C.A., Alami, A., Fisher, L., & Huck, S.W. (2015). Self-control behaviors during the learning of a cascade juggling task. Human Movement Science, 41, 9-19.

Paquette, M.R., Zhang, S., Milner, C.E., Fairbrother, J.T., & Reinbolt, J. (2014). Effects of increased step width on frontal plane knee biomechanics in healthy adults during stair descent.  The Knee, 21, 821-826.

Post, P.G., Fairbrother, J.T., Barros, J.A.C., & Klupa, J. (2014).  Self-controlled within a fixed time period facilitates the learning of a basketball set shot. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 2, 9-15.

Tate, J.J., Milner, C.E., Fairbrother, J.T., & Zhang, S. (2013). The effects of a home-based instructional program aimed at improving frontal plane knee biomechanics during a jump-landing task.  Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 43, 7, 486-494. 

Ali, A., Fawver, B., Kim, J., Fairbrother, J.T., & Janelle, C. (2012). Too much of a good thing: random practice scheduling and self-control of feedback lead to unique but not additive learning benefits. Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 3, 503. doi:  10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00503 

Aiken, C., Fairbrother, J.T., & Post, P.G. (2012). The effects of self-controlled video feedback on the basketball set shot.  Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 3, 323. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00338.

Fairbrother, J.T., Laughlin, D.D., & Nguyen, T.V. (2012). Self-controlled feedback facilitates motor learning in both high and low activity individuals. Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 3, 323. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00323.

Milner, C.E., Fairbrother, J.T., Srivatsan, A., & Zhang, S. (2012). Simple verbal instruction improves knee biomechanics during landing in female athletes. The Knee, 19, 399-403.

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