Dr. Kim Howard currently serves as the Associate Dean for the Ph.D./MS in Health Education and Promotion academic programs. She received her EdD in Health Education at the University of Kansas in 2015. Other degrees include a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and BS in Human Nutrition and Physical Fitness both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Howard has spent more than 19 years working in higher education administration, faculty positions, and the health education and promotion industry. Before becoming the program director, Dr. Howard taught for four years for the BS Health Studies program as a contributing faculty member. Dr. Howard is certified as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS) and actively maintain these certifications through continuing education opportunities. In 2011, Dr. Howard received the MU College of Education, Alumni Citation of Merit for Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Service. Dr. Howard was named the Texas Association for Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2010 Health Teacher of the Year. She was also awarded the Stephen F. Austin State’s 2009 Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Education and the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. Current research interests include health and physical activity promotion, sports nutrition education, body esteem and obesity prevention, and online learning for health and physical education. She holds memberships in the Society for Public Health (SOPHE), Society for Public Health Education Midwest, and Missouri Society for Health and Physical Educators (MOSHAPE). She has served as the SOPHE Midwest executive committee member for continuing education and SHAPE health education council member.