Welcome from the Dean

One behalf of our students, faculty, and staff, I welcome you to the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance (HSHP), one of Ithaca College's five schools. As a proud alumnus of Ithaca College, I am privileged to return to serve as the dean of HSHP at the institution that provided me with the foundation for a successful career in the allied health arena.

I am pleased to see that the characteristics of this school that I experienced as a student over 30 years ago remain intact today. Faculty are respected for their excellent teaching and student mentoring, and are available inside and outside of the classroom, providing a real student-centered model for learning. In addition, many students can experience the joy and challenge of discovery by participating in research side-by-side with the faculty.

Today’s HSHP students benefit from an integrative core curriculum of liberal studies that, coupled with their chosen professional program, sets the stage for them to achieve success in their profession as well as handle the complexities of life. Our students also experience the value and importance of civic engagement. For example, the Sir Alexander Ewing-Ithaca College Speech and Hearing Clinic offers state-of-the-art assessments for patients from the local area while giving our students hands-on experience under faculty guidance. This same model is used in the Robert R. Colbert Sr. Wellness Clinic, the occupational and physical therapy clinic, and the Center for Life Skills (located up the road at the Longview senior residential complex).

We pride ourselves on the relationships that our school maintains across the campus, the local community, and the world. We collaborate with local and regional schools, Head Start and Even Start programs, hospitals, and universities. Our national ties include advisers and supervisors of students within Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, the National Football League, ESPN, and ABC. Our global connections can place students in Central America, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. These experiential and performance-based collaborations allow our students to experience health sciences and policy in different venues and different cultures, giving them an excellent start to their professional careers.

Please take the opportunity to visit our campus, and feel free to contact us for further information.

Linda Petrosino '77, M.S. '78

Linda Petrosino, Dean

HSHP Mission

We are a community of learners who prepare health care, health, sport and leisure professionals for lifelong practice and scholarship. We meet this mission by

  • fostering interdisciplinary collaboration within and between academic and professional settings
  • using experiential learning as a means to integrate theory and scholarship with professional practice
  • using scholarship, in all of its forms, to advance knowledge and practice

As a community we value

  • a strong faculty-student relationship,
  • respect for various opinions,
  • the free exchange of ideas,
  • diversity, and
  • a commitment to the expansion of knowledge through all forms of scholarly work.