“Dean Brooks is a tremendous asset to the University,” said Michele G. Wheatly, WVU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The stability and growth that the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences has experienced under his leadership has benefited students, staff, and the entire community.”
Brooks was named interim dean in 1992, when the College was still called the School of Physical Education. He was named dean in 1993 and has served in that capacity ever since. He spearheaded and oversaw the name change to the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences in 2007.
In the last five years, Brooks has hired 14 faculty members in areas including adapted physical education and athletic coaching. He has also begun to explore dual-appointment hires with other areas on campus.
“I am excited about exploring ways to relieve health disparities in the state and achieve some of our university strategic goals,” Brooks said. “Dual appointments in areas such as physical activity and public health will help us do that.”
In this same time period, CPASS faculty have secured more than $2.7 million in external funding, an impressive number that Brooks hopes to see increase in coming years.
Brooks has remained in the classroom, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students, even while serving as dean and as the president of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (2009-2010). His co-edited textbook Diversity and Social Justice in College Sports was published in 2007, and the third addition of his textbook Racism in College Athletics: the African-American Athlete’s Experience will appear in 2013.
“Dana Brooks is a wonderful ambassador for WVU,” said Wheatly. “His long service as dean is testimony to his dedication to his field and to the University. We are so lucky to have him.”
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