Deborah Feltz Appointed Interim Chair of AAHD

Deborah Feltz has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Her appointment is effective November 6, 2017, through August 15, 2018, while a national search is conducted for a permanent replacement.

Feltz is a University Distinguished Professor and Chairperson Emerita of MSU’s Department of Kinesiology in the College of Education. Recently retiring from MSU in May 2017, Feltz was a sport and exercise psychologist who specialized in self-efficacy and the psychological implications of sport and physical activity participation.

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Deborah Feltz


Her research interest in the psychosocial aspects of physical activity focused on understanding the interrelationships of self-efficacy, motivation, and performance in sport and exercise contexts. She also focused on motivation within groups in exercise. Her most recent research projects involved using group dynamics principles and virtual partners in exergames to enhance motivation to exercise.

In 2010, Feltz was listed by The Sport Psychologist as one of eight women who helped develop the field of sport and exercise psychology in the United States. That same year, she was one of nine international experts on team dynamics who was invited to Cologne Sport University to publish a consensus paper on team dynamics in sports.

From 2007-2009, she served as the President of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA). She also was the President of the National Academy of Kinesiology from 2000-2002.

In 1992, Feltz was inducted into National Academy of Kinesiology. She received her Ph.D. and M.S., both in Kinesiology, from Pennsylvania State University.