John Bartholomew

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

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John Bartholomew

As Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. John Bartholomew provides college-level leadership and management for curricular innovation, academic program design, assessment, and accreditation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is responsible for the creation, revision, or deletion of curriculum, courses, and academic programs across the College of Education along with the assessment, reporting and accreditation / licensure requirements. His office supports faculty in curriculum delivery and, within this role, directs the Office of Instructional Innovation. He works closely with the Department Chairs and the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusive Excellence to ensure that the curriculum continues to evolve to best serve the diverse needs of our students.

Bartholomew joined The University of Texas at Austin in 1996 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, where he teaches courses on psychological factors that impact physical activity and the mental health benefits of exercise. Additionally, he developed the first study abroad course specifically designed for Kinesiology and Health majors and co-teaches a course each June in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has served as the Graduate Adviser (2008-2011), Associate Chair (2011-2012) and Department Chair (2012-2022) for Kinesiology and Health Education. Currently, Bartholomew serves on UT Austin’s Signature Course Advisory Committee, which seeks to support our student’s first-year experience. He has been awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of Education (2004), and the Graduate Teaching Award for Kinesiology and Health Education (2017). He was selected to give the Commencement Address for the College of Education (2005) and is the holder of the Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Kinesiology and Health Education.

Bartholomew’s research centers on the promotion of physical activity with a specific interest in the elementary school setting. He has been funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the National Institutes of Health to develop and test methods to integrate physical activity into the classroom to increase physical, academic, and emotional development. He is a part of two European research efforts to expand this work. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine and is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. In 2012, he was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology.