Dr. Diane Klein came to Tennessee Wesleyan College (TWC) in fall 2009. She is currently Chairwoman and associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences. Originally coming to Tennessee in 2002 to teach at the University of Tennessee (UT), she was an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, and later in the Department of Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies (now Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies). She was also the Director of the Gerontology programs at UT.
Before coming to Tennessee, Dr. Klein completed her doctorate at Arizona State University in the interdisciplinary program for Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. Her major area of study was Exercise and Wellness Education, with a focus on the graduate certificate in Gerontology. Dr. Klein earned three other degrees along the way before coming to Tennessee. Her bachelor’s degree is in Applied Mathematical Sciences from the University of Missouri. Her master’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, with a certificate in Health Care Technology (Biomedical Engineering), is from Washington University in St. Louis, and her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree, focusing on Community Health, is from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Klein has published numerous articles in scientific and lay journals and is a peer-reviewer for several research journals in her field. Her research interests are diverse and include: aging and physical activity; physical activity and adherence; community health; health education and health promotion; physical activity in health and disease; social and behavioral health issues; and wellness education. Dr. Klein’s primary area of research focuses on aging populations and functional status. The community-based research and education activities she has accomplished since arriving in Tennessee include an Aging Fair at William Blount High School, and exercise programs in assisted-living residential sites and rural community centers. Her most recent program was a peer-leader design that has been ongoing for over 5 years.
In her spare time, Dr. Klein enjoys raising her horses (Thoroughbred/Quarterhorse mix) and dogs (Australian Cattle Dogs and English Springer Spaniel) and relaxing in the quiet countryside where she lives.