Dean's Message

Welcome to the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of North Alabama! With roots tracing back to 1872 as the first state-supported teachers college south of the Ohio River, UNA has a rich history of preparing high-quality educators. Our work has expanded to include preparing high-quality practitioners and researchers in the fields of education, health, and wellness. We believe that healthy minds and healthy bodies coupled with a desire for knowledge can nurture individuals who are game-changers for the communities of Northwest Alabama, the Southeast Region of the United States, and the world.

As Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, I have experienced firsthand that our greatest asset is our faculty and students. Our dedicated faculty provide not only a relevant curriculum for the various fields of study in our College, but they work tirelessly to provide rich experiences outside the classroom for students to develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will help them be ready to make a positive impact in their communities. Our students—while balancing work, extra-curricular activities, and families—go beyond the academic expectations set by the faculty to shine as leaders in their fields of study.

The College of Education and Human Sciences is quickly developing a reputation for innovative practitioners and researchers. The Human Performance Lab in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Kilby Laboratory School, and the Education Research and Inservice Center provide unique opportunities for undergraduate and graduate research in the College of Education and Human Sciences. Our partners in the field collaborate with us to tackle the problems facing our communities and to apply our research to support a better life for the individuals in the communities we serve.

Whether you are a prospective student, current student, or an alumni or friend seeking to engage in our work, I hope you will find the resources on our website helpful. The faculty and staff of the College of Education and Human Sciences would be honored to help you find your place in our Pride.

Roar Lions!

Katie Cole Kinney, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor