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Jeffrey Fairbrother Interim Dean, Education, Health & Human Sciences

Jeff Fairbrother

Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs, Ex-Officio Member-Undergraduate & Graduate Curriculum Review Committee

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

PhD

Florida State University

Movement Science
(Motor Learning & Control)

MS

California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo

Physical Education
(Exercise Science & Health Promotion)

BA

University of California, Santa Barbara

English

Experience

2016 - 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.

Websites of Interest

Ex-Officio Member of the Faculty Mentor Council

Jeffrey Fairbrother Interim Dean, Education, Health & Human Sciences

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