Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Kinesiology Faculty Set the Standard: Faculty Awards

To say congrats just doesn’t do it justice. Our faculty have really outdone themselves this year! 
Dr. Bill Karper: 40 years of service (not pictured)
Dr. Aaron Terranova: Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Pam Brown: UNCG Award for Excellence in Online Education
Dr. Tom Martinek: UNCG Nominee for the O. Max Gardner Award


We also had 8 faculty recognized for Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activity! 
Dr. Louisa Raisbeck (not pictured)
Dr. Ang Chen (not pictured)
Dr. Will Adams
Dr. Sandy Shultz
Dr. Jackie Maher
Dr. Jenny Etnier
Dr. Michael Hemphill
Dr. Tom Martinek

Last but certainly not least, we congratulate Dr. Jenny Etnier a second time! The Julia Taylor Morton Distinguished Professorship in Life and Health Science has been Awarded to Dr. Jennifer Etnier

UNCG is proud to announce the new recipient of the Julia Taylor Morton Distinguished Professorship in Life and Health Science, Dr. Jennifer Etnier, Professor of Kinesiology. Dr. Etnier is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on the cognitive benefits of physical activity. Her work is especially important as she probes the relationship between physical activity and cognitive decline, with particular attention to people who may be at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Etnier has been a faculty member at UNCG since 2004. She was promoted to Professor in 2010, and she has served as Director of Graduate Studies (2011-2015), Interim Department Chair (2007-08), and Associate Department Chair (since 2017).

She has published three books (in several editions), more than 75 peer reviewed journal articles, and 17 book chapters. She has been instrumental in securing a dozen external grants and has received more than $8 million in external funding.

In 2013, she was selected as a Fellow by the National Academy of Kinesiology, an organization whose membership is limited to 250 of the most widely respected Kinesiology professionals in the US. In 2009 she was recognized as a Fellow by the American College of Sports Medicine. Among her many honors and awards, she won the School of Health and Human Sciences Teaching Excellence Award (2016), the UNCG Graduate School’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award (2014), the HHS Graduate Mentoring Award (2013), and the UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (2011).

Interim Dean Dave Demo said, “I’m delighted we have this opportunity to recognize Dr. Etnier’s stellar record of accomplishments. I can think of no one who could make better use of this position to teach and mentor students in the life sciences.”

About the Professorship: The Julia Taylor Morton Distinguished Professorship in Life and Health Science was established in 1996 by Mr. C. D. Spangler, Jr., then-President of the University of North Carolina System, through the C. D. Spangler Foundation. He created the professorship to honor Morton, a long-time friend and graduate of the Women’s College. Morton was born in Guilford County and served on the UNC Board of Governors for 16 years.

We are unbelievably proud of what this department has accomplished. Let’s go KIN!#UNCGWay #UNCGresearch #UNCGKin