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Barry Joyner Named Dean of Georgia Southern University’s College of Health and Human Sciences


The College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) at Georgia Southern University has announced the appointment of Barry Joyner, Ph.D., as dean, effective April 1, 2015. In that role, he will oversee the College’s mission to provide comprehensive and innovative programs that promote health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities within a global society.

“With the support of the CHHS Dean Search Committee, CHHS faculty and staff, I am confident that Dr. Joyner is well prepared to take on the responsibilities of sustaining the accomplishments and traditional successes of CHHS while moving the College to its next level of academic distinction,” said Jean E. Bartels, Ph.D., RN, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Prior to his appointment as dean, Joyner served as interim dean. He first came to Georgia Southern in 1992 as an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. He was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and to professor and chair of the Department of Health and Kinesiology in 2005.

Joyner earned his Bachelor of Science in education (with a major in health and physical education) from Georgia Southern University, his Master of Education (with a major in physical education) from Auburn University, and his Doctor of Philosophy (with an emphasis in measurement and evaluation) from the University of Georgia. He has published more than 45 juried articles and more than 25 abstracts, book chapters and book reviews, and has presented widely at state, national and international venues on disciplinary issues.

An active member of the local community, he was a member of the Bulloch County CHILD Coalition and the competition director for the Aquatics and Softball State Competition for Georgia Special Olympics. He has been honored for teaching and service awards and was the recipient of the 1997 Excellence in Teaching Award from Georgia Southern.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125-degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to


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