Assistant Professor of Health Administration
M.S. Montana State University, 2014
Ph.D. East Tennessee State University, 2019
B.S. University of Southern Maine, 2011
Tara Whiton is joining UMPI as an Assistant Professor of Health Administration (Community Health) and Curriculum Development Specialist for the new Health Administration degree as part of the Title III grant. Tara has a Master’s in Health and Human Development and PhD in Sport Physiology and Performance. She is passionate about chronic disease prevention through health education and promotion of nutrition, fitness, and wellness, as well as maternal and infant nutrition, and (nutrient) energy availability and resources. Prior to earning her doctorate, Tara previously worked for UMPI as a part-time faculty member and most recently as the Dean of Athletics and STEM faculty at Gould Academy in Bethel, ME. Outside of the classroom, Tara enjoys spending time with her husband Tim, and son Rhys. She enjoys the outdoors, weightlifting, and cooking and baking. Tara and her family are looking forward to returning to the county!