Office of the Provost
Melanie Hart holds the title of Vice Provost for eLearning & Academic Partnerships. Her responsibilities include the oversight of the six regional teaching sites and the Center at Junction, online program compliance and quality, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), continuing education, and Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD).
Dr. Hart is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management at Texas Tech University, and previously served as an associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences. She obtained her bachelor and master degrees from Texas Tech University and her doctorate from Auburn University. 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 graduate and undergraduate courses, such as motor learning, applied research, and research methods. She 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 cognitive processes involved in the preparation and execution of movements, factors that influence learning in children and adults, physical education teacher preparation, and the effectiveness of physical activity and teacher training programs. She is actively engaged in professional organizations, and regularly serves on committees of professional organizations and has served as a member of the board of directors for the American Kinesiology Association. Additionally, she has served on review teams for program reviews at other universities.
Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, reading, playing with her two grandsons and spending time with her pets.