Dr. Joe Pujol, chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition and Recreation and professor of exercise science at Southeast Missouri State University, has been appointed interim dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Studies, effective June 1, 2019.
Pujol, who has served as a faculty member for 23 years, 15 of those as department chair, will serve as interim dean through June 30, 2020. Pujol replaces Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Studies, who is retiring.
“With Dr. Pujol’s experience in administration and his knowledge of the University, he was a natural choice,” said Dr. Tamela Randolph, interim provost. “The college will be in good hands with Dr. Pujol as interim dean.”
Dr. Jason Wagganer, associate professor of exercise science, will replace Pujol as interim chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition and Recreation.
Pujol joined the Southeast faculty as an assistant professor of exercise science. He was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and professor in 2005. In 2003, he was appointed chair of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation. In 2018 he became chair of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation after academic reorganization. During his time as chair, Pujol has guided the department through the reaccreditation of athletic training, recreation and park administration, and physical education. The department received initial accreditation of sport management during his tenure, as well.
Pujol has also served as director of the Human Performance Laboratory and Bone Density Laboratory. He has been involved in the development of new programs in Health Sciences and Nutrition and Exercise Science. He Pujol has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and five book chapters, and has presented more than 100 papers at professional conferences. Pujol is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a past-president of the Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine and currently serves as executive director of that organization. He is on the Editorial Board of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Dr. Pujol is a member of Cape West Rotary Club and served as president of that organization in 2016-2017. He currently serves as an assistant district governor for Rotary District 6060.
Pujol and his wife Kelley reside in Cape Girardeau. They have three daughters.