Dr. Tara Tietjen-Smith, MCHES, is Professor and Head of the Department of Health & Human Performance (HHP) at Texas A&M University – Commerce. She earned a doctoral degree in health and physical education from Middle Tennessee State University (2003) as well as an MA in health promotion and BA in psychology from Northwestern State University (1992, 1995). She also currently serves as Chair of the university Institutional Review Board (IRB). She has served in higher education for over 20 years, the last 14 years in Commerce, Texas. She has served on (or as chair of) many committees within the HHP department and across campus, including COEHS T&P, QEP, IE, Graduate Council, Athletic Council, Faculty Senate, and IACUC. She has served NAKHE in many capacities, including Vice-President (2016-17), National Conference Chair (2017), Co-chair of the Department Head Certification (2016); as well as a member of the following: Leadership Development Institute, Future Directions Committee, Marketing and Public Relations, Social Justice and Diversity, Technology, and Leadership Training. Her research interests include administration in higher education and women’s health issues. She recently published an article in a Quest special issue, entitled “Issues and Trends in Higher Education Health.”
Dr. Tietjen-Smith has been the recipient of several awards including: the 2017 TAHPERD Scholar Award; 2017 NAKHE Presidential Award; 2017 NAKHE Conference Coordinator Award; 2017 Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) – Madeline Justice Excellence in Teaching Award; 2016 Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Professional Excellence in University Service; 2016 Professor of the Year, 4th Annual Dan and Jalinna Jones Education Awards; 2012 Southern District AHPERD College/ University Health Educator of the year; and the 2011 Texas AHPERD College/University Health Educator of the Year.