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+ Campus alert: A-State Closed Jan. 16

A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

Important Updates

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall tonight at 7:30pm.
  • For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • ETS testing candidates that were scheduled for today should contact the Testing Center in the Reng Student Union at 972-2038 when A-State reopens and they will assist with rescheduling.
  • The Red WOLF Center will open today on winter weather hours of noon until 5 p.m.
  • Dean B. Ellis Library is closed all day today.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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Professor, Physical Education Teacher Education


  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas

Teaching Specialties

  • Elementary Physical Education Methods

Research Interests

  • Prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.
  • Aerobic fitness and physical activity correlates of academic performance, physical activity and education policy implications.


Selected Presentations:
Dean, B. Academotion: Physical Activities for Teachers of Young Children. AIESEP Specialist Symposium. September 24-26, 2009, Pensacola, FL.

Dean, B. and Mooneyhan, A. Southern District Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention. Kona, HI. June 19, 2008.

Dean, B. Arkansas Youth Fitness. National Association for Health and Fitness Conference. Los, Angeles, CA. April 28, 2007

Dean,B. and Stillwell, J. New Dimensions in Movement and Fitness: Through Integration. Athens Institute for Education and Research: 2nd International Conference on Physical Education, Coaching and Health Fitness, June 28-29, 2006, Athens, Greece.

Selected Publications:
Dean, B. Academotion: 100 Action-packed Activities for Teachers of Young Children (2009). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Dean, B. Fit for life: An educator's call for raising the bar. Community Health Care, v 3, (1) 32-33. Summer 2007

Dean, B. The face of fitness. Occasions, v 4, (6) 8-10, January 2007.

Dean, B. Integration through movement activities. Teaching Elementary Physical Education, v 16, (4) 17-19, July 2005.

Dean, B., Adams, T.M., & Comeau, M. The effect of a female physical educator's physical appearance on physical fitness knowledge and attitudes of junior high students. The Physical Educator, v 62, (1) 14-25, March 2005.

Blair Dean

Contact Information

P: (870) 680-8112
F: (870) 972-3096


Building: HPESS Complex
Room: 241

Alternative Contact

Sherry Reece
P: (870) 972-3066