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Ro DiBrezzo

Ro DiBrezzo

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

University Professor of Kinesiology

Academic Affairs

(VCAC)-Vice Chancellor For Academic Affairs

Phone: 479-575-2152

Fax: (479) 575-2853

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Ro Di Brezzo currently serves as Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Enhancement and as University Professor of Kinesiology. Her career at the University of Arkansas started in 1983, when she came on as Assistant Professor of Physical Education. Since then, she has served as Program Chair and Interim Department Head for the Kinesiology Department, Director of the Human Performance Laboratory, and Co-Director of the Office for Studies on Aging. In 1992, she co-founded the Teaching and Faculty Support Center. From 2012-2013, she served as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
 
She has been very active on faculty committees, serving as a member of The Faculty Grants and Awards committee from 1989-1993, The Faculty Grievance Committee from 2004-2007, and The Senior Faculty Advisory Committee from 2010-2012. She has chaired The College Faculty Council from 1998-1999 and The Excellence in Teaching Committee from 1995-1997.
 
Dr. Di Brezzo has received many awards from the College of Education and Health Professions as well as the University of Arkansas for her research and teaching. These awards include the Outstanding Mentor Award in 2011 awarded by The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, The Academic Excellence Award awarded by the University of Arkansas Athletics Department in 2008 , and The Baum Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award in 1999. She has also been nationally recognized for her contributions by the American College of Sports Medicine, who invited her to be a fellow in 2012.
 
As a biomechanic Dr. Di Brezzo’s research expertise includes performance variables for women. She has been twice awarded the Research Award from the Southern Academy of Women in Physical Activity, Sport, and Health.

  • Kinematics of Performance
  • Women’s Health Issues
  • Aging
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Applications for Special Populations
  • Instrumentation
  • Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University, Biomechanics, 1983
  • M.S.,   Indiana University, Adapted Physical education, 1972
  • B.S.,   Brooklyn College, Health and Physical Education, 1971

(For full listing see attached CV above)

Publications

  • Kaume, L., Gur, E., Di Brezzo, R., Howard, L., Devareddy, L. (2014). Antioxidant-rich berries exert modest bone protective effects in postmenopausal smokers without biomarkers of bone metabolism. Journal of Functional Foods, (9), 202-210.
  •  Glave, A. P., Di Brezzo, R. Applegate, D. K., & Olson, J. M. (2014).  The effects of obesity classification method on select kinematic gait variables in adult females.  Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 54(2), 197-202.

Abstracts

  • Glenn, J.M., Cook, I., Di Brezzo, R., Gray, M., & Vincenzo, J.L. (2012).  Comparison of the Shake Weight modality exercises when compared to traditional dumbbells.  Annual Meeting of the Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, Columbia, MO.
  • Cronan, P., Holland, M., Di Brezzo, R. (2012). Teachable Moments; Using Freshman Attitudes and Perceptions as a Potential Cultural Influence. International Center for Academic Integrity 20th Anniversary Conference. Conference Proceedings.

Non-Refereed Publications  

  • Di Brezzo, R. (2003). Make it a habit: Regular exercise promotes mobility, independence.     AgingWELL, 1, 12.
  • Di Brezzo, R. (2001). 9 tips for actively aging.  Health scene: Journal of Wellness and Good Health Care, February, 11.

Presentations 

  • Glenn, J.M., Gray, M., Vincenzo, J., Cannella, C., Smith, K., DiBrezzo, R. ( 2014).  Habitual and Maximum Gait Speeds Among Sedentary, Recreationally Active, and Masters Athlete Older Adults. American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  • Olson, J., English, M., Mulloy, R., Di Brezzo, R. (2014). Perceived Stress, Aerobic Fitness, And Sleep in University Administrators. American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Consultations

  • Reviewer for Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 2005-09.
  • Reviewed Wellness: Choices for Health and Fitness, by Donatelle, R., Snow, C., & Wilcox, A. for Wadsworth Publishing, 2003.

 

 

Administrative Experience

2013-Present               Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Enhancement

2012- 2013                  Vice Provost of Academic Affairs

2011-2012                   Interim Vice Provost of Academic Affairs

                                    Responsibilities:

                                                Associate Deans Group

                                                Teaching and Faculty Support Center

                                                Coordination with ADHE

                                                Implementation of academic honesty policy

                                                Faculty development

                                                Coordination of University Perspectives (mandatory freshman

                                                            class)

2000-2001                   Interim Department Head (HKRD)

                                    Responsibilities:

                                                Faculty hiring and evaluations

                                                Budget and development

                                                Oversight of all curriculum revisions

1999-Present               Co Director for Office for Studies on Aging

                                    Responsibilities:

                                                Set research agenda

                                                Coordinated development efforts

                                                Developed (with others) Certificate in Gerontology

1998- 2012                  Director, Human Performance Lab

                                    Responsibilities:

                                                Administer the usage of laboratory facilities

                                                Budget and supervision of personnel

                                                Oversee all research protocols

                                                Collaborate with area agencies, hospitals, corporations and

                                                            allied affiliates

                                         Pursue funding opportunities for the lab and faculty personnel      

                                                Coordinate the preparation of the lab strategic plan

1989- 1992                  Program Coordinator, Kinesiology

                                    Responsibilities:

                                                Schedule classes

                                                Facilitate curriculum changes and reviews

                                                Budget and development

                                                Articulate the vision and goals of faculty

Academic Experience

2013- Present              Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Enhancement- University of                                           Arkansas, Fayetteville

2012-   2013                Vice Provost of Academic Affairs – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

2012                            Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine

2011 - 2012                 Interim Vice Provost of Academic Affairs

2006 – Present            University Professor, Kinesiology – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

2000 – 2001                Interim Department Head – Health Science, Kinesiology, Recreation and Dance – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

1999 – Present            Co Director, Office for Studies on Aging – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

1998 – 2012                Director, Human Performance Laboratory – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

1993 – 2006                Professor, Kinesiology – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

1992 – 1998                Co-Founder & Co-Director, Teaching and Faculty Support Center – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

1991                            Chancellor's Lecturer - University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

1988 – 1993                Associate Professor, Kinesiology - University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

1989 – 1991                Program Chair, Kinesiology - University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

1983 – 1988                Assistant Professor, Physical Education – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

  • 2011                Outstanding Mentor Award- University of Arkansas Office of Nationally                                          Competitive Awards
  • 2008                Academic Excellence Award- Athletics Department, University of Arkansas
  • 2004                 Faculty Teacher Appreciation Award – Associated Student Government and Alumni Board, University of Arkansas
  • 2002                Outstanding Service Award – College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas
  • 2002                Outstanding Research Award – Southern Academy for Women in Physical Activity, Sport and Health
  • 1999                Baum Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award – University of Arkansas
  • 1998                Outstanding Teaching Award – College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas
  • 1998                Outstanding Teaching Award – Department of Health Science, Kinesiology, Recreation and Dance
  • 1997                Outstanding Research Award – Southern Academy for Women in Physical Activity, Sport and Health
  • 1993                Award of Excellence, Member – University of Arkansas Teaching Academy
  • 1990                Outstanding Research Award – College of Education, University of Arkansas
  • 1988                Research Award – Southern Association of Physical Education for College Women
  • 1988                Outstanding Service Award – College of Education, University of Arkansas
  • 1985                Outstanding Teacher Award – College of Education, University of Arkansas
  • 1982                Outstanding Young Women of America
  • 1976                Indiana High School Athletic Association Award
  • 1975                Fort Wayne Sport Hall of Fame