Dr. Rebecca A. Hess
- B.S.: Physical Education, specializing in Dance, West Virginia University
- M.S.: Physical Education, specializing in Motor Learning and Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- MFA hours: Dance and Motor Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Ph.D.: Developmental Movement Studies, specializing in Motor Learning and Control, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Hess is the recipient of the 2009 Presidential Faculty Award for Teaching at Cal U. She is a former certified personal trainer and professional dancer. She has extensive training and teaching experience as a dance educator and researcher in the area of human movement and postural control. She completed her Ph.D. in developmental movement studies, focusing on motor control, and post-doctoral research in the Balance Lab at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Eye and Ear Institute.
She has used dance as a therapeutic tool in acute care and outpatient physical therapy labs and continues this work in injury prevention regionally and nationally in the applications of Pilates, yoga and gyrokinesis.
She also teaches modern dance for the Department of Theatre and Dance, and is currently working as a liaison for the dance minor. She provides balance training for the women's swim team at Cal U.
She is the current vice president of dance for the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD), and is an active member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and the National Dance Association (NDA).Dr. Hess has published articles in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and the Pennsylvania Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (JOPHERD) on dance science and injury prevention.
- Physiology of Exercise
- Nutrition for Peak Performance
- Research in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention
- Statistical Methods
- Thesis Seminar
- Sports Medicine Research
- Functional Kinesiology
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Modern Dance
- Honors Thesis
- Neuromuscular training and postural deficits related to injury prevention
Service Learning Projects
- Developing a dance minor in the Department of Theatre and Dance by promoting student-faculty choreography and performance off-campus
- Department of Health Science
- Department of Theatre and Dance
- University Honors Program
- M.S. Athletic Training
- B.S. Athletic Training
- B.S. Sport Management-Online Wellness and Fitness
- B.A. Theatre
"The best part of my job at Cal U is that I can develop three important aspects of my professional career - teaching, research and service, each equally and integrally important - with the full support of my colleagues and administration."