School Name

School of Education
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department

Department Name

Kenneth L. Johnson HPER Complex

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Welcome from the HPER Chair

Welcome to the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department (HPER) at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.  The department strives for excellence and committed to your success as you progress through your education. 

There are two different programs that the department offers.  First the department offers Physical Education and Health, Teaching Option, instructs individuals for a Teacher’s License for the State of Arkansas for grades Kindergarten to 12th.  It will also include a Coaching Endorsement.  The department also offers a Physical Education and Health, Wellness Option.  This program focuses on Recreation in which individuals could become Personal Trainers, Sports Directors at Recreation Centers, and other fields in the Recreation and Fitness Industry.  Finally, the department offers Coaching Endorsement to individuals who are earning a Teaching License in another discipline.

Thank you for your view of the website.  If you want to contact any of the HPER Faculty or Staff, please do.  Please use the links under Faculty/Staff.


Todd W. Garner

Dr. Todd W.Garner

HPER Chair


Office Phone:    (870) 575-8656

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The mission of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is to provide nationally accredited degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department seeks to provide competent, professional personnel at the undergraduate and graduate level for employment as physical educators, health educators, coaches, and recreation providers in public, private, volunteer, governmental agencies, and health care organizations.

 The Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation has energized the program and retooled the courses.  The program has created alliances with American Council on Exercise (ACE), Arkansas Department of Game and Wildlife, Human Kinetic Coach Education Program, and American Red Cross.  The department has also developed relationships with the US Parks System and Arkansas Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

 In meeting the mission the department offers the following degrees:

 Bachelor of Science Degree:

Health and Physical Education, K-12 Teaching Option with Coaching Endorsement

Health and Physical Education, Wellness Option (non-teaching)

Physical Education and Coaching Endorsement (Teaching)

Physical Education and Coaching Endorsement which is associated with individuals who want to have teacher license endorsement in physical education and coaching.

Students must hold a Secondary Certification in Physical Education or hold, or be eligible to hold the standard five-year certificate or meet the coaching certification requirements established by the Arkansas Department of Education.

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Dr. Todd Garner, HPER Chair
Phone: (870) 575-8656

Dr. William Torrence, Associate Professor
Phone: (870) 575-8697

Dr. Felicia Taylor-Waller, Temporary Assistant Professor
Phone: (870) 575-8655

Mr. Latraia Jones, Instructor    
Phone:  (870) 575-8654

Mr. Chad Sanders, Instructor 
Phone:  (870) 575-7836

Mr. James E. Johnson, Temporary Instructor
Phone:  (870) 575-8678

Ms. Betty Hayes-Anthony, Instructor
Phone:  (870) 575-8661

Ms. Lucretia Williams, Instructor
Phone:  (870) 575-8671


Ms. Carolyn Nance, Administrative Assistant
Phone: (870) 575-7184

Ms. Denika Smith, Administrative Assistant
Phone: (870) 575-7974

Ms. Akeshia Robinson, Swimming Pool Coordinator
Phone: (870) 575-8662

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Course descriptions for the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department are found at the following link.  The descriptions will explain the course.  

HPER Courses

You will also find the Book Required List for the courses.

Spring 2015 Book List

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The document below are the Books Required for the Classes.

Spring 2015 Book List



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