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Jeffrey T. Fairbrother, PhD


Professor and Interim Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs
Motor Behavior
338 Claxton Complex
865-974-0818
jfairbr1@utk.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Fairbrother’s research typically focuses on the identification of factors that contribute to optimal performance, learning, and retention of motor skills. Specifically, he studies the effects of factors in the instructional setting that are under the control of a practitioner. Some examples include:

  • Self-control effects on motor learning (i.e., the effects of providing learners with control over some aspect of the instructional setting such as feedback administration or amount of practice)
  • Attentional focus effects (i.e., the effects of instructions that direct participants’ attentional focus to various cues)
  • Task switching effects on motor performance (i.e., the effects of the order in which different tasks are performed)
  • Practice schedule effects (i.e., the effects of the order in which multiple tasks are practiced; also known as contextual interference effects)
  • The effects of repeated testing on motor skill retention

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Florida State University Movement Science
(Motor Learning & Control)
M.S. California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo
Physical Education
(Exercise Science & Health Promotion)
B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara English

EXPERIENCE
2016–Present    Interim Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2015–Present    Professor, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (formerly Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies)
2012–2016        Department Head (interim, 2012-Jan 2016; regular, Feb-Apr 2016), Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (formerly Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies)
2009–2015        Associate Professor, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (formerly Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies)
2003–2009        Assistant Professor, Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (formerly Exercise, Sport & Leisure Studies)
2000–2003        Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Towson University

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Fairbrother’s teaching is guided by a strong desire to help each student master content knowledge and disciplinary specific skills that will support the capacity for problem solving and critical thinking in real world settings.

AWARDS/RECOGNITION
2015-2016    Fellow, Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program
2015             Dean’s Leadership Award, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2010             George F. Brady Teaching Award, Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2007             Helen B. Watson Outstanding Faculty Research Award, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2002-2003    The Leadership Institute, Towson University

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Fairbrother’s current research is focused on examinations of self-control and attentional focus effects on the performance and learning of motor skills.

CURRENT SERVICE

2017-2018       Member, Search Committee for Provost

2017-2018       Member, Search Committee for Motor Learning, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies

2017-2018       Chair, Search Committee for Assistant Dean and Director of Student Services of the Graduate School

2017-2018       Chair, Motor Learning/Control Program Committee, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity

2017-2020       Member, Board of Directors, American Kinesiology Association (elected) Strategic Planning Training (2017)

2016-Present   University Space Committee

2016-2019       Member, Communications Committee, American Kinesiology Association

2012-Present   Editorial Board Member, Journal of Motor Learning and Development

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Fairbrother, J.T. (in press). Skill acquisition: The science and practice of teaching sport skills. In M.H. Anshel (Ed.), APA Handbook of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Meira, Jr., C. & Fairbrother, J.T. (in press). Ego-oriented learners show advantage in retention and transfer of balancing skill. Journal of Motor Learning and Development.

Fairbrother, J.T., Post. P.G., & Whalen, S. (2016). Self-reported responses to player profile questions show consistency with the use of complex attentional strategies by expert horseshoe pitchers. Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 7, 1028. doi:  10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01028

Post, P.G., Aiken, C.A., Laughlin, D.D., & Fairbrother, J.T. (2016). Self-control over combined video feedback and modeling facilitates motor learning. Human Movement Science, 47, 49-59.

Meira, Jr., C.M., Fairbrother, J.T., & Perez, C.R. (2015). Contextual interference and introversion/extraversion in motor learning. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 121, 2, 447-460.

Laughlin, D.D., Fairbrother, J.T., Wrisberg, C.A., Alami, A., Fisher, L., & Huck, S.W. (2015). Self-control behaviors during the learning of a cascade juggling task. Human Movement Science, 41, 9-19.

Paquette, M.R., Zhang, S., Milner, C.E., Fairbrother, J.T., & Reinbolt, J. (2014). Effects of increased step width on frontal plane knee biomechanics in healthy adults during stair descent.  The Knee, 21, 821-826.

Post, P.G., Fairbrother, J.T., Barros, J.A.C., & Klupa, J. (2014).  Self-controlled within a fixed time period facilitates the learning of a basketball set shot. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 2, 9-15.

Tate, J.J., Milner, C.E., Fairbrother, J.T., & Zhang, S. (2013). The effects of a home-based instructional program aimed at improving frontal plane knee biomechanics during a jump-landing task.  Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 43, 7, 486-494.

Ali, A., Fawver, B., Kim, J., Fairbrother, J.T., & Janelle, C. (2012). Too much of a good thing: random practice scheduling and self-control of feedback lead to unique but not additive learning benefits. Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 3, 503. doi:  10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00503

Aiken, C., Fairbrother, J.T., & Post, P.G. (2012). The effects of self-controlled video feedback on the basketball set shot.  Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 3, 323. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00338.

Fairbrother, J.T., Laughlin, D.D., & Nguyen, T.V. (2012). Self-controlled feedback facilitates motor learning in both high and low activity individuals. Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 3, 323. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00323.

Milner, C.E., Fairbrother, J.T., Srivatsan, A., & Zhang, S. (2012). Simple verbal instruction improves knee biomechanics during landing in female athletes. The Knee, 19, 399-403.

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