College of Health Sciences and Human Services

Dean

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Dean Harald Barkhoff
College of Health Sciences and Human Services

Dr. Harald Barkhoff joined California State University, Monterey Bay in July 2021, as the new Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services.

Dean Barkhoff earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Sport Science/Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology from the University of Stuttgart. He brings to CSUMB a long history as an experienced and accomplished educator, mentor, scholar, researcher, administrator, and an advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. He comes to CSUMB from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, College of Natural and Health Sciences, where he was a tenured fullprofessor in the Department of Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences. While at UH Hilo, he served as Department Chair and specialized in the study of sports psychology. Many of his studies focused on elite athletes and peak performance, however he is also interested in cultural components of health behaviors, including physical activity in indigenous, Native Hawaiian environments. His research interest also includes the role of spirituality in sport and exercise, particularly of ocean sports in indigenous environments. 

He was attracted to CSUMB as it matches his deep appreciation of holistic, all-inclusive, and place-based educational approaches that serve the community.

His key accomplishments include guiding the development and implementation of a certificate program in indigenous health at UH Hilo, leading the growth of the KES Department through expansion, the successful recruitment of diverse faculty, and meeting the needs of indigenous students through a culturally sensitive indigenous-focused curriculum. Under his leadership, the KES Department received the American Kinesiology Association’s Inclusive Excellence Award for 2019-2020.

At UH Hilo he won the Applied Learning Experiences Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the Open Education Innovation Award. In 2019 he received the highest honor given by the American Kinesiology Association - the Jerry R. Thomas Distinguished Leadership Award for Bachelors Degree Granting Departments. The award recognizes nationally outstanding administrative and leadership performance.