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CPASS faculty member honored with WVU Outstanding Teaching Award

Photo of Andrea Taliaferro,

Andrea Taliaferro, associate professor, Coaching and Teaching Studies, is one of six West Virginia University faculty members who have been recognized with the University’s 2019 Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching. The award honors exceptional professors who go above and beyond to inspire their students.

Established in 1985 by the WVU Foundation, the Outstanding Teaching Award honors faculty who are particularly effective and inspiring teachers, as well as faculty who have established patterns of exceptional innovation in their teaching methods, course and curriculum design and instructional tools.

Student-athlete uses focus on sport psychology to strengthen competitive results

Photo of Morgan Phillips from the WVU Rifle Team Facebook.

As an athlete, there are countless things that can go through the mind while playing a sport. Sports are exhausting both mentally and physically. Sophomore Morgan Phillips chose West Virginia University to study sport and exercise psychology while wanting to compete with the highly successful Mountaineer Rifle team. 

“I chose CPASS because rifle is a very mental sport and I thought sport [exercise] psychology was interesting. It’s really fascinating to learn more about sport psychology and be able to make connections between what I’m learning about in school and what I do athletically,” said Phillips.

Dana Brooks to retire after 41 years at CPASS

Portrait of Dana Brooks

Dean  Dana Brooks will retire from the  College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences June 30, 2019, after more than four decades as a passionate Mountaineer committed to promoting diversity and student success at  West Virginia University. Upon Brooks’ retirement, professor of  Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology  and interim associate dean  Jack Watson will serve as interim dean of the College.

Brooks began his WVU career as a graduate teaching assistant in the 1970s. His subsequent positions, which involved progressively increasing leadership responsibilities, included instructor, minority recruitment and retention coordinator, acting graduate coordinator, acting chairperson and associate dean.

CPASS alumnus celebrates fourth year in international player recruitment role

Autry Parker Brantley with Jerry West statue in front of WVU Coliseum

The love of sports is often a motivator for many focusing on careers in the sports management industry. Autry Parker Brantley – Detroit, Michigan native – considered a decision between striving to be a college student-athlete or helping them reach their goals.

Brantley received his bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2005 from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. After years of entrepreneurship efforts in Florida and Nevada, coaching college basketball in Ohio, and teaching to coach high school basketball in Michigan, he decided to join the Mountaineer family. He earned his master’s degree in sport management in 2012.