Rafael Bahamonde appointed interim dean for School of Physical Education and Tourism Management

  • Jan. 19, 2017


INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy E. Johnson has announced the appointment of Rafael Bahamonde as interim dean of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.

Bahamonde has served as associate dean and professor of kinesiology at IUPUI since 2012. He will start his new position Feb. 1, when previous dean James "Jay" Gladden begins his position as dean of University College and associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education.

As interim dean, Bahamonde will provide leadership and guidance while managing programs to help promote the vision of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, which is to be a leader in kinesiology and tourism where talented students, faculty and staff thrive.

"I'm grateful that Rafael is taking this position, which adds to an impressive body of service at the school that goes back two decades and includes serving as a teacher, advisor, chair and mentor, all while maintaining a steady program of research," Johnson said.

As associate dean, Bahamonde served a dual role in academic affairs and research for the school, with its more than 900 students, 40 full-time faculty and 80 adjunct faculty. He also served as director of the school's graduate programs in the departments of tourism, conventions and event management, and kinesiology. In 2010, he was part of the IUPUI Next Generation 1.0 Leadership Development Program; in 2016, he was appointed to the board of the IUPUI Next Generation 2.0.

"I have a deep affection for the IUPUI community and want to continue the great momentum that exists in the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management," Bahamonde said.

Bahamonde arrived at IUPUI in the fall of 1996 as an assistant professor of kinesiology. During his 20-plus years on campus, he has been director of the Diversity Research Scholars Program for the Center for Research and Learning, director of faculty outreach for the NSF Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence at IUPUI, and the faculty liaison coordinator for the NIH Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program. He is a member of the Indiana University Faculty Academy on Excellence and Teaching and has won the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management Teaching Excellence Recognition Award four times.

Bahamonde earned his Bachelor of Arts degrees in physical education and Spanish from DePauw University in 1980, a Master of Science from Indiana State University in 1981, and a Ph.D. in human performance from Indiana University Bloomington in 1994.