CHHS Welcomes New Associate Dean Dr. Kathy Browder
Kathy D. Browder Ph.D., M.S.
Professor and Associate Dean
College of Health and Applied Human Sciences
Dr. Kathy Browder is the new Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina Wilmington effective July 1, 2012. Dr. Browder will provide administrative leadership and support for academic affairs within the CHHS. "We are excited to have Kathy join our CHHS Leadership Team", said Founding Dean Charles J. Hardy. "She has excellent experience as both a faculty member and adminstrator who will no doubt positively contribute to our leadership team and our college's journey toward sustainable distinction", said Hardy.
Dr. Browder came to UNCW from the University of Idaho, where she served as Department Chair for the Department of Movement Sciences at the University of Idaho from 2005 to 2012. During her tenure at the University of Idaho, she also served as Acting Associate Dean of the College of Education from 2009 to 2011. In 2007, Dr. Browder was selected to attend the Management Development Program at Harvard University.
Dr. Browder earned her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University, specializing in Biomechanics. She also holds a Master’s of Science in Physical Education, with a specialization in Exercise Physiology, from the University of Tennessee, and a Bachelors of Arts in Adult Fitness from Furman University.
Dr. Browder has actively published and presented in her research focus on neuromechanics of injury etiology and prevention and on understanding how mechanics impacts fitness and health gains from physical activity.
At Idaho, Dr. Browder facilitated a number of innovative curriculum proposals, including the development of an advanced clinical doctorate in athletic training, the first in the country. She was very active in coordinating efforts to increase awareness and funding related to health and physical activity for the state of Idaho, working closely with the Departments of Education and Health and Welfare for the state of Idaho. She served on the Steering Committee that developed Idaho Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Statewide Plan.
Her professional affiliations include the American College of Sports Medicine, the International Society of Biomechanics, the American Society of Biomechanics, and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Research and Analysis Committee for the American Kinesiology Association.