Kelley named health education and promotion chair

After a national search, Dr. Tim Kelley has been appointed the new chair of the Department of Health Education and Promotion.


Kelley, who came to ECU in 2008, is a professor of environmental health sciences and has held the position of interim chair since 2010.  Throughout his academic career, he has taught courses that range from human anatomy and physiology, advanced microbiology, waste management practices, to food protection and sanitation and water quality and treatment.

His record shows years of exceptional leadership, teaching and research experiences.  He has held appointments at Valdosta State University in Georgia and Illinois State University.  He has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed and invited articles and book chapters.

“I am eager to serve as chair and look forward to working with great students, faculty, staff and administrators,” said Kelley.

College of Health and Human Performance Dean Dr. Glen Gilbert said, “As an accomplished faculty member in the department, Tim Kelley brings valuable campus experience to this role.  His commitment is genuine and visible.”

Among his professional affiliations, Kelley serves as editor-in-chief of Environmental Health Insights and has received many honors and awards including the 12th Annual Illinois Governor’s Pollution Prevention Award.

Kelley earned his doctorate in ecology in 1992; his master’s degree in science education in 1987; and his bachelor’s degree in environmental health science in 1980, all from The University of Georgia.

His research interests focus on environmental microbiology and chemistry as applied to waste management practices.

# # #

For additional information contact Kathy Muse, College of Health and Human Performance at 252 (328)-5555 or e-mail