Associate Dean for Research and Assessment
Dr. Brent Heidorn is a tenured full professor at the University of West Georgia, and has been the Associate Dean for Research and Assessment in the College of Education since 2015. Brent was the program coordinator of the Health and Physical Education Teacher Education program in the Department of Sport Management, Wellness, and Physical Education, where he served since 2007. Prior to his appointment at UWG, Brent received his doctoral degree in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina (2004-2007) and worked for eight years as a physical education teacher and coach at the middle and high school levels (1997-2004). His educational degrees include a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Bob Jones University; M.A. in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University; and a Ph.D. in Physical Education Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina. Brent's leadership and service activities include active membership in SHAPE America, and the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (GAHPERD). He has been closely involved with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) serving on a variety of committees at the national level, including three years on the Physical Education Steering Committee, the Awards Committee, and the Publications Committee. Brent continues to serve SHAPE America through various workshops and professional development opportunities. He was an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, is on the Editorial Review Board for the journals Quest and Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators. Brent is also the Publications Editor of The GAHPERD Journal and was the Editor for the Theory to Practice column in Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators for two years. He was recently invited as a professional presenter for PE Central, which provides professional development in the United States. Brent has received numerous awards including the SDAAHPERD Taylor Dodson Young Professional Award; the University of West Georgia College of Education Faculty Outstanding Service Award; the Robert W. Moore Professional Recognition Award from the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; and the Young Scholar Award from the same organization. Brent's research interests include comprehensive school physical activity programs, physical education teacher education and supervision, and sport pedagogy. He has more than 40 authored or coauthored articles, chapters, reports, or reviews; and he has given more than 170 professional and scholarly presentations. Outside of the academic arena, Brent enjoys playing team and individual sports, participating in various fitness pursuits, and enjoying life with his wife and three children who are 14, 12, and 9 years old.
Education / Degrees
- B.S., Health and Physical Education, Bob Jones University, 1997
- M.A., Health and Exercise Science, Furman University, 2000
- Ph.D., Physical Education, University of South Carolina, 2007