Faculty & Staff

Office of the Dean

Dr. Linda Malone-Colon Dr. Linda Malone-Colon Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location:Armstrong Hall Phone:757-727-5301


Dr. Spencer Baker Dr. Spencer Baker Associate Professor, Graduate College Location:Phenix Hall111 Phone:757-727-5128
Dr. Saundra Nelson Cherry Dr. Saundra Nelson Cherry Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location:Willie O. Lawton225 Phone:757-727-5162 Expertise:Pastoral counseling, Grief and Bereavement Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Disaster Preparedness, Community Service

Use of Pastoral Counseling skills to provide Grief and Bereavement Counseling and Crisis Intervention as a first responder.Community Emergency Response Team member for disaster preparedness that may impact our area or wherever activation dictates for disasters; Facilitate opportunities for student engagement in Community Services through Service Learning Projects and Cooperative Learning Experiences.

Dr. Richard Mason Dr. Richard Mason Chairperson, Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location: Phone:757-727-5400
Dr. Marquis Norton Dr. Marquis Norton Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location:Phenix Hall207A Phone:757-728-6185


Dr. Martha Jallim-Hall Dr. Martha Jallim-Hall Chairperson, Department of Education, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location:Phenix Hall304 Phone:757-727-5793
Dr. Clair Berube Dr. Clair Berube Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location:Phenix Hall304 Phone:757-637-2163 Expertise:urban education, science education

Specialty Area: Urban Education, Math and Science Curriculum and Instruction; STEM Reform

Mrs. China Dillon Mrs. China Dillon Writing Tutor, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location:Phenix Hall302 Phone:757-637-6735
Ms. Phyllis Harrigan Ms. Phyllis Harrigan Secretary, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location:Phenix Hall304 Phone:757-727-5793
Mrs. Peggy Peebles Mrs. Peggy Peebles Assistant Professor; Coordinator of Clinical Experiences & PK-12 Outreach, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location:Phenix Hall303 Phone:757-727-5707 Expertise:Supervision and Administration PK12, Health, Physical Education, Special Education

Specialty Area: Health and Physical Education, Administration and Supervision

Ms. Marian Ramsey Ms. Marian Ramsey Reading Tutor, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location:Phenix Hall302 Phone:757-728-6735
Dr. Wayne Smith Dr. Wayne Smith Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location:Phenix Hall304 Phone:727-5538
Mr. Charles Tate Mr. Charles Tate Coordinator, Clinical Experiences, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location: Phone:757-727-5400
Mr. Ronald White Mr. Ronald White Instructor, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location:Phenix Hall302 Phone:7577286589 Expertise:STEM/Math Education Leadership; Error Pattern Analyses, Quantitative Reasoning, Program Research and Evaluation

Specialty Area: Math Education 

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Ms. Kimberly Blackwell Ms. Kimberly Blackwell Assistant Professor, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Location:Holland Hall131 Phone:757-727-5706 Expertise:health & physical education, athletic training, service learning

Kimberly Blackwell is a licensed, endorsed K-12, health & physical educator as well as a certified athletic trainer, licensed through the board of medicine and health care professions for the state of Virginia.  Teaching interests include focuses in health and physical education pedagogy, prevention and care of athletic injuries, global health promotion and health disparities.  Ms. Blackwell has directed health promotion service learning study abroad experiences that involve student engagement with community partners in developing countries.  She also coordinates and directs volunteer opportunities as an employee of Sentara where students may explore the profession of athletic training on the high school level. 

Research interests target primary and secondary prevention of diseases and other contributing health disparities in underserved, disadvantaged populations with emphasis on STI/STD’s, first aid/injury prevention, and nutrition.  Other research areas include psychological effects of moderate to severe athletic injuries within college athletes. 

Dr. Ralph Charlton Dr. Ralph Charlton Chair - Associate Professor, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Location:Holland Hall152 Phone:757-727-6956 Expertise:Sport Marketing, Sport Management, Higher Education Administration, Social Marketing

Ralph Charlton is a tenured associate professor of sport management and Department Chair for Health and Physical Education. Arriving at Hampton University in 2002, he has taught an array of courses for the major including introduction to sport management, sport law, sport marketing, sport public relations and practicum. His research interests related to HBCU athletics and academics have led to publications in peer-reviewed journals and the HBCU digest. He was also instrumental in addressing the issue of high drowning rates for African-Americans by bringing a regional symposium to campus. Dr. Charlton also coordinates internships for the sport management program, utilizing an extensive network to land students at prestigious sport organizations including the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, USOC, Nike and Gatorade.

Dr. Charlton holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Virginia, Master of Science from VCU in Leisure Services Management and Ph.D. from the College of William & Mary in Higher Education Administration. His dissertation on HBCU athletics and academics was supported by a grant from the NCAA.

Dr. Charlton has co-owned a boutique personal training studio for 13 years with his wife in Williamsburg and enjoys playing sports with his son

Mrs. Beverly Duane Mrs. Beverly Duane Assistant Professor, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Location:Holland Hall120 Phone:757-727-5317 Expertise:Choreography, Modern Dance, Writing, Conditioning for Dancers and Athletes, Health and Wellness, Nutrition

Beverly Duane is the director of dance at Hampton University and director of the Hampton University Terpsichorean Dance Company. She is the founder of Second Wind Modern Dance Company in Hampton Roads, Virginia.  She received her Masters of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Brockport.  She received Portfolio Magazine’s Best Choreographer Award and has been recognized in the Buffalo News, The Virginian Pilot, Portfolio Magazine and the Richmond Times. She has choreographed and taught dance for the International Festival for the Arts, the Jamaica National School of Dance, Dance Brazil, American College Dance Festivals, Regional and National High School Dance Festivals, SUNY-Brockport College, Old Dominion University, Regent University, Christopher Newport University, Old Donation School for the gifted and the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts.  Ms. Duane published Nutritional Strategies for Dancers and Performing Artists in the National Dance Society Journal (Summer 2018), a nationally peer-reviewed publication with co-author Rodney Gaines, Ph.D.  She is the author of Defining the Indefinable: Modern Dance in The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (October 2008), and Incorporating Dance Training in Hip Fracture Recovery: A Case Study in the National Dance Society Journal (July 2016). She is the PI of The Virginia Commission for the Arts, via National Endowment for the Arts, of the Legendary Hampton University Historic Terpsichorean Dance Company 100 Year Preservation Grant BLACK HISTORY MATTERS!  She was a recipient of a 2009-2010 Faculty Research Grant in collaboration with Hampton University Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Adam Johnson titled “Dance Music and Politics in the 21st Century.” She was nominated for the Hampton University President’s Ambassador Award in 2013. Ms. Duane collaborated with composer Andre Kasparov and the Norfolk Chamber Consort on an exciting new music and dance fusion.  She serves on the board of directors of the Black College Dance Exchange, the Dance Chair of the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and Dance, and the Board of Directors of the National Dance Society.

Dr. Rodney Gaines Dr. Rodney Gaines Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location:Martin Luther King, Jr. HallRoom 246 Phone:757-727-5539 Expertise:Strength and Conditioning, Obesity Research, Health Disparity, Stress Management, Aging and Health

Dr. Gaines earned a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Physical Education. He also completed his Masters in Exercise Science and B.S. in Business Finance from Virginia Tech. 

Dr. Gaines has extensive experience as a college athletic strength and conditioning coach including positions at Virginia Tech and initiating programs at Norfolk State and Virginia State.

He has been teaching for over 16 years in the areas of Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science and currently teaches courses such as exercise physiology, motor learning, sports nutrition, exercise testing/prescription, and foundation of kinesiology.  Research interests include body image, obesity studies as well as tracking the health and physical education patterns of college students.

Dr. Gaines has held key leadership positions in his 16 years in the teaching and coaching profession. Dr. Gaines also served on the National Sports and Conditioning Association Board of Directors from 2010-2013. Dr. Gaines also served as the Virginia Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (VAHPERD) President from 2011-2014. Currently, Dr. Gaines is currently the Regional MidAtlantic Director for the Phi Epsilon Kappa Fraternity, which is a national fraternity for majors in Health and Physical Education. Dr. Gaines was recently awarded the College Physical Educator of the Year Award by VAHPERD. Dr. Gaines is the author of published book 101 Spiritual Lessons for Coaches and Athletes.

Dr. Gaines has been lifting weights personally for over 30 years and has won over 50 bodybuilding titles.  He won the overall Mr. Virginia Bodybuilding championships in Hampton, VA in 1995. Later he would turn pro in the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation by winning Hercules International Bodybuilding Championships in Manhattan, New York.  Dr. Gaines would shortly after win the WNBF Pro Mr. Universe in Tucson, Arizona.  Dr. Gaines won the 2004 INBA Fitness Olympia championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Other key victories included winning over 16 shows in 2012, and one being a world championship in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Mr. David Hughes Mr. David Hughes Instructor – Sport Management, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Location:Holland HallRoom 150 Phone:757-727–5174

David C. Hughes has the pleasure of serving as a professor at Hampton University. Prior to working at Hampton University, he was as a pre-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a proud Morehouse College and Prairie View A&M University alumnus. One year and nine months after graduating from Morehouse, David began teaching on the collegiate level. He previously served as a Resident Director and Lecturer at Morgan State University. Preceding his work in higher education, David has had numerous years of experience in the sports industry working for the Houston Texans, the University of Texas, and interning at ESPN and the University of Miami during his undergraduate studies. David has been nominated for faculty of the year, published children’s books that highlight HBCU accomplishments, selected as an Emerging Scholar by American Educational Research Association, and has received certificates from the University of Pennsylvania for Race and Equity in Education and from Hampton University for Executive Leadership training. In addition, David sits on the board of directors for the Drake Group; is a member of 100 Black Men, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; and served as the Secretary of the Houston Morehouse Alumni Association. David teaches Sport and Social Responsibility, Organizational Leadership in Sport Administration, and Sports Marketing.

Dr. David Hunter Dr. David Hunter Associate Professor, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Location:Holland Hall151A Phone:757-727-5305

David W. Hunter is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.  Dr. Hunter has served in both faculty and administrative capacities in his 30-plus years at Hampton.  In 2018 he was appointed as the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Liberal Arts and Education.  In 2000 he was appointed as a University Endowed Professor of Education.  A native of Cleveland, Ohio he holds a Bachelors degree from Hiram College (Hiram, Ohio) and a Masters and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, with a doctorate in Exercise Physiology.  His research has focused primarily on human performance and physiological comparisons of racial groups relative to athletic performance.   He has published articles in such journals as Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise; International Olympic Committee World Congress in Sport Sciences; and The Journal of African American Men.   Additionally, he and his research have been featured in such publications as:  Sports Illustrated; Muscle & Fitness; Emerge; The Source Sports; and Runners World.  He has presented at professional meetings such as The American College of Sports Medicine; The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance; The Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance.  His primary teaching responsibilities are in the areas of exercise physiology, kinesiology, fitness, and coaching education.  He co-developed the Hampton University Sport Management major and was the sole author of the Kinesiology / Pre-P.T. curriculum.  Known as an outstanding instructor, he has been nominated by students and faculty for the Hampton University Distinguished Teaching Award on five different occasions.  Dr. Hunter also served as assistant and associate head coach of the Hampton University Women’s Softball team for seven years, during which time the teams had a composite 203 – 68 record and three conference championships.  Additionally, he served on the Hampton University Men’s Basketball staff for two seasons, directing their strength and conditioning.  The Pirates made the NCAA Division I field of 64 in each of those seasons.  David and his wife Carolyn have two children, Makayla and David II.  They reside in Hampton, Virginia.

Mrs. Barbara L. Jenkins Mrs. Barbara L. Jenkins Secretary, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Location:Holland Hall134 Phone:757-727-5208
Ms. Joetta Jensen Ms. Joetta Jensen Assistant Professor, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Location:Holland Hall170 Phone:757-727-5725 Expertise:Aquatics

Dr. Jodi Jensen is a nationally recognized Aquatic Professional with over 30 years’ experience in the aquatic industry.  Dr. Jensen has held the position of Assistant Professor and Director of Aquatics at Hampton University since 2004.  Before coming to Hampton University, she worked in public parks and recreation managing indoor aquatic facilities, outdoor aquatic facilities and a water front.  She has served on the American Red Cross Lifeguard Advisory Board for the 2012 revision.

Dr. Jensen is also a National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool Operator Instructor.  She has received three fellowships from the National Swimming Pool Foundation to continue her research exploring the disparities that exist for African Americans and participation in swimming. 

Dr. Jensen received her Ph.D. in Educational Management from Hampton University in May, 2018.

Dr. William Timothy Orr Dr. William Timothy Orr Assistant Professor- Sport Management, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Location:Holland HallRoom 199 Phone:757-637-2278 Expertise:Sport Management, Intercollegiate Athletic Administration, Student-Athlete academic well-being

Dr. W. Timothy Orr (Tim) is an Assistant Professor/ Coordinator of Sport Administration Graduate Program at Hampton University. Prior to working at Hampton University, he served as the Coordinator of the Sport Management Program at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). During his stint at ECSU he also served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Assistant Head Football Coach. He holds a BS in Industrial Technology from East Carolina University (1988), MSS in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy (1993) and an EdD in Sport Management from Northcentral University.  His interest is in intercollegiate athletic administration and student athlete academic and support services. His dissertation was entitled “Faculty Experience with and Perceptions of their role in Athletic Reform at a Division II University.  He has written an article in the American Football Monthly Journal, entitled “The Mental Aspect of Winning in the Trenches”.

He has successfully directed a NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic program and served as director of marketing and public relations for a Division II intercollegiate athletic conference. He has over 20 years football coaching experience on both Division I and II level and has over 12 years of teaching experience in higher education. During his professional career he was selected to participate in two NCAA sponsored professional development programs, Coaches Academy (Football) and Pathway Program (Administration).

His professional affiliations include North Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance – Sport Management. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and serves on the Deacon Board at Galatia Missionary Baptist Church. 

He is married to Pamela Lee Orr, they have two children Nyla and DeVaughn. 

Mrs. Stacey Privett Mrs. Stacey Privett Assistant Professor, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Location:Holland Hall135 Phone:757-728-6955 Expertise:Exercise Physiology

Stacey Privett is an assistant professor of Kinesiology for the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation.  Professor Privett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Human Movement Sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University.  As a graduate assistant, Mrs. Privett worked for the T.E.E.N.S. program, a comprehensive weight management program for obese adolescents in Richmond, VA, where she conducted exercise testing to assess maximal oxygen consumption and anthropometric testing to assess body composition on program participants. 

Professor Privett’s research interests include the impact of obesity and physical inactivity on health disparities in adolescents and young adults.  Additional research interests include the relationship between nutrition and sport performance in female athletes.  

Professor Privett currently teaches Foundations in Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Sport Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Exercise Testing and Prescription.  Professor Privett also serves as the faculty advisor to the Kinesiology Club.

Professor Privett is passionate about teaching and mentoring the student as a whole person.  Her deep desire is that her students be prepared for life beyond the classroom, both personally and professionally.  Professor Privett is an avid weightlifter and enjoys hiking, kayaking and spending time with her husband and two kids. 

Expertise: Exercise Physiology, Exercise Testing, Nutrition, and Weight Management

Ms. Jamean A. Alexander Ms. Jamean A. Alexander Assistant Professor, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Location:Holland Hall161 Phone:757-727-5642 Expertise:Health Education, Physical Fitness, Medical Terminology, Careers in Health, Physical Education, Sport Mgmt, Kinesiology, Recretion

Ms. Jamean A. Alexander, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, is a graduate of Hampton University and the University of Cincinnati School of Design, Architecture and Planning with an emphasis in Health Planning and Administration. She completed her Health Planning and Administration Residency at Presbyterian Healthcare Systems in Dallas, Texas.  Her previous positions have been as a Provider Recruiter and Member Advocate for Amerigroup Corporation, Virginia Beach, Virginia and Account Manager for United Way of South Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia. She has taught as an Instructor at Tidewater Community College-Portsmouth, Virginia Campus and as an Adjunct Instructor at Hampton University.  Currently, Ms. Alexander is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and Co-Coordinator of Health and Physical Education Student Teachers. Ms. Alexander has served as the School Representative for the United Way Campaign for the School of Liberal Arts and Education, elected to serve as the Secretary of the Faculty and The Committee on Committees for the Bookstore. Her professional affiliations are the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the Society of Health and Physical Educators.  Ms. Alexander is the former director of the Kiddie Kollege Kiddie Kamp Program. She has presented several formal presentations at the Annual Conference of Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and has participated in several university school panels to discuss health education issues. Ms. Alexander has been interviewed for The View at HU and The Hampton Script Newspaper to discuss health issues of college students. Her research interests include informing high school students about future careers in Health, Physical Education, Sport Management and Kinesiology, health education issues and risk behaviors associated with college students, academic performance of athletes, health literacy, and pedagogy skills.  Ms. Alexander is currently a Ph.D. student in the Health Education and Promotion Program at Walden University.  

Child Development Center

Mrs. Joy Phelps Mrs. Joy Phelps Child Development Center Director, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location:Eva C. Mitchell Hall202 Phone:727-5698