Dr. Jane Adele Mott
Cornaro Professor of Dance Emerita
August 28, 1919 - January 27, 2018
At Texas Woman’s University, Dr. Jane Adele Mott held a series of key posts – she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Education, Interim Dean of the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; and at the time of retirement, Chair of the Department of Dance. She undertook all duties related to these posts with integrity and assiduity. In addition to her fine attention to detail and measured approach to decision-making, Jane’s dry sense of humor was always in evidence. In recognition of her excellent contributions to TWU she was named Cornaro Professor in 1988, the highest award bestowed on the faculty by the University.
Jane Mott received her B.A. degree with high honors from Fresno State College (1941); M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1944); and earned her Ph. D degree from the University of Southern California (1954).
Dr. Mott’s career began as a physical education teacher in a California high school but soon moved to positions at the university and college level including the University of Nebraska, the University of California at Los Angeles, and San Jose State College. Immediately prior to joining the Texas Woman’s University faculty she served as Professor and Director of Physical Education for the latter half of her 20 year tenure at Smith College, North Hampton, MA.
Among numerous professional activities in Dr. Mott’s career were the Presidency of the Eastern Association for Physical Education of College Women, Vice Presidency of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and President of the Eastern Association of Physical Education of College Women. Dr. Mott authored two books and the Measurement and Evaluation section in over forty of the Physical Education Activities Series text books published by the William C. Brown Company.