Obesity Research Cluster
Obesity Research Cluster Leadership
Dr. Melanie Hart
Melanie A. Hart is a vice provost responsible for the oversight of the regional teaching sites and eLearning.
Dr. Hart is a professor and interim department Chairperson in the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences at Texas Tech University, and most recently served as an associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in secondary education. After teaching in public high schools, she returned to Texas Tech and completed a master’s degree in exercise physiology. Dr. Hart received her doctorate from Auburn University in the area of motor behavior. Before joining the Texas Tech University faculty in 2003, she taught at Mississippi University for Women and the University of Northern Iowa.
Dr. Hart teaches a variety of courses, such as motor learning, both graduate and undergraduate, applied research, and research methods. She is the coordinator for the collaborative doctoral program with the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education. Dr. Hart regularly teaches courses using both face-to-face and online modalities. Dr. Hart is a member of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy and a recipient of the Spotlight Award for her work in distance education. She received the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award in December 2013.
Dr. Hart’s research interests are varied and include theoretical research on the response interference effect, factors that influence learning in children and adults, physical education teacher preparation, and the effectiveness of physical activity and teacher training programs. She is a fellow in the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and a member of the board of directors for the American Kinesiology Association.
Outside of work, she enjoys golf, gardening, reading, playing with her two grandsons and spending time with her dogs.