Faculty and Staff

Sharon Hunt

Sharon Hunt

Professor of Kinesiology

Faculty Athletics Representative

College of Education and Health Professions

(HHPR)-Health, Human Performance, & Recreation

Phone: 479-575-2864

Fax: (479) 575-5778

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Sharon Hunt holds the academic rank of Professor and was the Department Head of Health Science, Kinesiology, Recreation and Dance (renamed Health, Human Performance and Recreation) for 21 years. She has also served in the capacity of Interim Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions (2000-01). Prior to coming to the University of Arkansas in 1990, Dr. Hunt was an Assistant/Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky (1977-1990) where she also served as Director of Graduate Studies from 1984-1990. As Department Head of Health Science, Kinesiology, Recreation and Dance, Dr. Hunt was responsible for providing leadership to a diverse faculty who delivered undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs to approximately 1100 undergraduate majors and 150 graduate students. She serves as the Faculty Athletics Representative for the University of Arkansas which requires her to certify the eligibility of approximately 460 student-athletes competing in 19 different sports, and she represents the University of Arkansas at various SEC and NCAA meetings while also monitoring academic integrity and student-athlete well being.

  • Administrative Issues in Higher Education and Public Recreation
  • Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Schools 
  • Women’s Health Issues
  • Organization, Management and Marketing Skills in Kinesiology
  • Internship in Sport Management
  • HPR 103                                 Beginning Women’s Basketball
  • HPR 159                                 Tennis (Professional Course for P.E. Majors Only)
  • HPR 170                                 Introduction to Community Recreation
  • HPR 280                                 Recreation Program Planning and Leadership
  • HPR 374                                 Principles of Outdoor Recreation and Park Management
  • HPR 379                                 Field Studies in Recreation
  • HPR 575                                 Interpretations of Leisure and Recreation
  • HPR 576                                 Intramural Programming and Administration
  • HPR 577                                 Practicum in Recreation (Undergraduate and Graduate)
  • HPR 676                                 Current Issues in Recreation
  • HPR 768                                 Research Credit:  Master’s Degree
  • HPR 769                                 Research Credit: Doctoral Degree
  • HPR 786                                 Independent Research in Health, Physical Education & Recreation
  • PHED 3413                            Administration in Physical Education
  • PHED 4213                            Organization and Administration of Physical Education
  • KINS 4413                             Organization, Management & Marketing Skills in Kinesiology
  • RECR 574V                           Internship
  • RECR 605V                           Independent Study
  • RECR 674V                           Internship:  College Teaching
  • HKRD 700V                          Doctoral Dissertation
  • KINS 2223                             Motor Development
  • RESM 2853                            Leisure and Society
  • Ed.D.,   University of Georgia, Recreation and Leisure Studies, 1977
  • M.Ed.,  University of Arkansas, Physical Education, 1975
  • B.S.E., University of Arkansas, Physical Education, 1973

(For full listing see attached CV above)

Journals

  • Hunt, S. L. (1979).  Work and leisure in an academic environment:  Relationships between selected meanings.  Research Quarterly, 50, 388-395.
  • Hunt, S. L. and Brooks, K. (1980), Perceptions of work and leisure: A study of industrial workers. Recreational Management, 31-35.

Chapters in Books

  • Hunt, S. L. and Brooks, K. W. (1987).  A planning model for public recreation agencies.  In:  Current Issues in Leisure Services, Practical Management Series, Published by International City Management Association, 17-26.
  • Turner, L. W., Hunt, S. B., DiBrezzo, R., and Jones, C. (2009).  Design and implementation of an osteoporosis prevention program using the health belief model.  In:  Introduction to Health Behavior Theory, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 37-43.

Proceedings, Monographs, Abstracts, Technical Papers

  • Hunt, S. L. (1978).  Relationships between meanings of work and leisure in an academic environment.  Mid-South Educational Research Association Program and Proceedings, p. 46.
  • Hunt, S. L. and Weiner, A. I. (1979).  Relationships between meanings of work and meanings of leisure in a retirement community.  Leisure and Aging (monograph published by National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Society of Park and Recreation Educators), New Orleans, Louisiana, pp. 49-56.

Presentations (National/International)

  • Public recreation agency comprehensive planning model.  Symposium on Leisure Research, National Recreation and Park Association, Annual Congress, New Orleans, Louisiana, October, 1979.
  • Relationships between meanings of work and meanings of leisure in a retirement community.  Symposium on Leisure Research, National Recreation and Park Association, Annual Congress, New Orleans, Louisiana, October, 1979.

Presentations (Regional and State)

  • Relationships between selected meanings of work and leisure in an academic environment.  Mid-South Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, November, 1978.
  • Using recreation to help reduce stress.  Kentucky Association of Elementary School Principals, Annual Convention, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, November, 1979.

July 2011 – Present                 Professor, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

August 2010 – Present            Faculty Athletics Representative, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

May 2001- June 2011             Department Head, Department of Health Science, Kinesiology, Recreation and Dance, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

July 2000-May 2001               Interim Dean, College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

July 1990-June 2000               Department Head, Department of Health Science, Kinesiology, Recreation and Dance, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

July 1984-June 1990               Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

Fall 1977-June 1990                Assistant/Associate Professor in Recreation and Leisure Studies Unit, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

Fall 1975-Spring 1976            Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

Fall 1974-Summer 1975          Recreation Director of Hope Haven School for the Mentally Retarded, Athens, Georgia.

Summer 1974                          Assistant Director of Community Recreation, Springdale Parks and Recreation Department, Springdale, Arkansas.

Fall 1973-Spring 1974            Graduate Assistant (Supervisor of Women’s Intramural Program), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Summers 1969-1973               Waterfront Director and Coordinator of Sports Program for Camp Taloha Girl Scout District, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

 

  • Graduated with High Honors, University of Arkansas, 1973
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1973
  • Outstanding Senior Woman in Physical Education, University of Arkansas, 1973
  • Outstanding College Athletes of America, 1973
  • Mortar Board - Scholarship Chairperson
  • Cardinal Key - Secretary
  • Alpha Lambda Delta - Treasurer
  • Women’s Recreational Association - President
  • Order of Omega
  • Chi Omega -  Pledge Trainer and Model Member
  • Kappa Delta Pi - President
  • Outstanding Research Merit Award, College of Education, University of Kentucky, 1983
  • “Top Twenty Percent of Faculty” Incentive Award, University of Kentucky, 1985
  • Nominated for the University of Kentucky System “Great Teacher” Award, 1986
  • Outstanding Teaching Merit Award, College of Education, University of Kentucky, 1986 and 1987.
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who Registry of Business Leaders, 1995.
  • International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, 2001.
  • Higher Educator of the Year Award, Arkansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2002.
  • Empire Who’s Who of Women in Education, 2005.
  • University of Arkansas Honoree, 2011 National Girls and Women in Sport Day
  • Outstanding Service Award, Health, Human Performance and Recreation Department, 2013.
  • Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals, 2013.

Grants and Contracts

Research Grant from the University of Kentucky Graduate School, Awarded July 30, 1984, ($500).

College of Education Mini Grant, “An Assessment of the Attitudes of Arkansas High School Principals Towards Interscholastic Sports and Intramurals.” Awarded 1990 - 1991, ($1281).

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September 4, 1990 - May 31, 1991,

        Amount/yr. = $88,452.

Service Contract, Greenland Public Schools, September 4, 1990 - May 31, 1991,

        Amount/yr.  = $5,850.

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September 3, 1991 - May 30, 1992,

        Amount/yr. = $88,452.

Service Contract, Greenland Public Schools, September 3, 1991 - May 30, 1992,

        Amount/yr.  = $5,850.

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September, 1992 - May, 1993,          

        Amount/yr. = $57,122.

Service Contract, Greenland Public Schools, September, 1992 - May, 1993,

        Amount/yr.  = $5,850.

 

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September, 1993 - May, 1994,

        Amount/yr. =  $72, 090.

Service Contract, Greenland Public Schools, September, 1993 - May, 1994,

        Amount/yr.  = $5,850.

Service Contract, Greenland Public Schools, January, 1995 - May, 1995,

        Amount/yr.  = $3,250.

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September, 1994 - May, 1995,

        Amount/yr. = $92,610.

Teaching and Faculty Support Center Funding, HKRD Departmental Retreat on Diversity,

        April, 1994  ($400).

HKRD Departmental Mini-Grant (with M. Moiseichik and C. Edmonston)  “Risk Management Practices in Colleges and University HPER Facilities”, Awarded 1994-95,  ($808).

Teaching and Faculty Support Center Teaching Enhancement Grant, Development of the MAT Degree Program in Physical Education, January 1996, ($1000).

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September, 1995 - May, 1996,

        Amount/yr. = $76,020.

HKRD Departmental Mini-Grant (with C. Edmonston, H. Benhadj and M. Moiseichik), “Intramural/Recreational Sports Survey”, Awarded 1996 - 1997,  ($1000).

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September, 1996 - May, 1997,

        Amount/yr. = $50,055.

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September, 1997 - May, 1998,

        Amount/yr. = $76,434.

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September, 1998 – May, 1999,

        Amount/yr. = $85,905.

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September 1999 – May, 2000,

        Amount/yr  = $81,998.

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September 2000 – May, 2001,

        Amount/yr  = $125,743.

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September 2001 – May, 2002,

        Amount/yr.  = $127,112.

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September 2002 – May, 2003,

        Amount/yr. = $141,389.

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September 2003 – May, 2004,

        Amount/yr. = $116,594.

UAMS, AHEC Northwest Graduate Assistantship, August 2003 – May, 2004,

        Amount/yr. = $5,996.

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September 2004 – May, 2005,

        Amount/yr. = $116,416.

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September 2005 – May 2006,

         Amount/yr. = $99,413.

Service Contract, Springdale Public Schools, September 2006 – May 2007,

        Amount/yr. = $22,520.