Department of Wellness, Human Performance, & Recreation

The profession of health and physical education has changed dramatically over the past 15 to 20 years.

Physical education programs are confined to not only the school setting, but have expanded to non-school settings as well. A fitness craze has begun that includes people of all ages and from all walks of life. The expansion of lifetime fitness, wellness, and physical education in general has promoted the growth of study within the physical education discipline.

Recognizing the need for trained professionals in many different areas, Union College and the Department of Health and Physical Education offer majors in human performance, health, physical education, recreation management, and sports management.


Department Chair

Dr. Jennifer Hatfield



Dr. Jennifer Hatfield
Assistant Professor of Wellness
Dr. Larry Inkster
Professor of Health & Physical Education
Mr. Andy Messer
Assistant Professor of Recreation Management
Dr. John Stratman
Assistant Professor of Wellness & Human Performance