Braun Named Department Head at Colorado State

May 1, 2014

(Courtesy UMass Amherst News Office)

Kinesiology professor Barry Braun, who directs the Energy Metabolism Laboratory, has been selected to head the department of health and exercise science at Colorado State University (CSU). Braun will start his new position on Aug. 15. 

“Barry Braun is an award-winning teacher, mentor and scholar with outstanding academic credentials and experiences,” CSU College of Health and Human Sciences dean Jeff McCubbin said. “We are fortunate to recruit him and look forward to his leadership for the next phase of the department of health and exercise science. This is an exciting new hire for our college.”


Braun joined the faculty in 2000 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 2006. He also served as associate dean for undergraduate affairs in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) from 2008-09. 

He received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007 and the SPHHS Outstanding Teaching Award in 2003. He has also been the recipient of Lilly, Davis and General Education teaching fellowships. 

He received his Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in exercise science from UMass Amherst, and a B.A. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. 

The CSU department of health and exercise science has 1,449 undergraduates, 26 master’s students and 13 Ph.D. students enrolled. It is the second most popular undergraduate major at Colorado State.