Welcome to the Department of HLES's website. Please explore our new home page - it should answer many of the questions you may have concerning our various programs, facilities and research pursuits.
The Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science is made up of five separate programs: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Physical Education Teacher Education, and Recreation Management. All of the programs share a commitment in the accomplishment of our departmental mission which is to enhance the human condition through the development of physical, mental, social and spiritual health.The Department of HLES is one of the largest academic units at Appalachian State University with more than forty faculty members, seven hundred undergraduate majors, and twenty graduate students. All of the HLES faculty members are involved in individual or collaborative research efforts that contribute to the body of knowledge in each of the five respective disciplines. This activity also allows the faculty to remain on the cutting edge of their specialty areas and contributes to their effectiveness in the classroom.Although we are a large department, HLES has a reputation for outstanding academic advising and being student centered. Opportunities for student involvement in research and community-based service learning activities abound. Experiential education opportunities are also plentiful. Some of these are class related, allowing students to engage in research or service activities in the High Country region. Other experiential learning occurs in our numerous laboratories, through clinical supervision, or in full time internships. The department has an impressive record of placing students in nationwide and international internship positions, preparing them for exciting careers in the health, leisure, and fitness industries. We also have an expanding international program which allows students to travel abroad on study tours or study abroad for a semester or a year.
Through all of this, the faculty maintains a dedication to being effective teachers. They are actively involved in faculty development pursuits which help them achieve excellence in their teaching responsibilities. The department employs state of the art teaching evaluation systems that provide timely student feedback to faculty members and ultimately lead to improved teaching performance.
We hope you enjoy learning more about the Department of HLES as you browse through our home page. For further information or to arrange a visit/tour of our department, please do not hesitate to click on our contact link and we will be happy to respond.
Travis Triplett, Interim Department Chair