Department of Kinesiology

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A key to our success is all the wonderful people who work with the EdD in Kinesiology program including our own graduate assistants (GAs).  Each year they serve in a variety of roles to help support the students, faculty and staff – this includes behind the scenes work that sometimes goes unnoticed.

As program director, I asked this year’s GAs to share a little more about themselves.  Here is what they had to say…

The three of us are all doctoral students in Kinesiology Department. Josh is in his first year in the Ph.D. program, and Yongsun and myself (Yanhua) are in our last year in the Ph.D. program. We have been working in school-based and community-based PE, PA, and Sports programs, and would like to share our experiences with you. We will be available to provide resources and assistance for you to be successful in the EdD program. You will find our detailed introductions as follows. 

Yanhua “Eddy” Shen

 Hello everyone! My name is Yanhua Shen. I am a fourth-year doctoral student in studies of physical education curriculum and pedagogy. I am from China. I worked as a soccer player, a soccer coach, and an assistant professor before I came to the US. I am currently working as a graduate assistant for the EdD in KIN program. The EdD in KIN program provided me the opportunities to learn technologies and strategies that promote remote learning, and connect with colleagues from different fields in Kinesiology. My research interest is innovative pedagogies that promote children’s social and emotional learning development through physical activities and sports in school-based and out-of-school contexts. My dissertation is to examine underserved children’s social and emotional learning through a sports-based youth development program grounded in a hybrid models-based practice using a mixed-methods approach. I am glad to be able to work with you in the EdD program. Please feel free to share and communicate any research-related topic or question with me.

Joshua Jordan

Hello! My name is Joshua Jordan. I am husband to an amazing wife of 11 years, and the father of an amazing 10-year-old son, and 6-year-old daughter. I am a first year PhD Kinesiology student here at UNCG. My focus is in Community Youth Sport Development. I am African-American as well as a member of the Goshute Tribe in Ibapah, UT. For the past eight years I ran a basketball skills training company called Follow Through Athletics LLC. in Sacramento, Ca. where I was fortunate to work with players and families from many different backgrounds. After earning my Master’s degree in Mental Health and Wellness from Grand Canyon University during the pandemic of 2020, my wife encouraged me to further my education. I applied to UNCG and I am grateful and thankful for the opportunity that the university has given me. As I navigate this new terrain of scholarship I am currently interested in the intersection between Hip-Hop, basketball, religion, and how a better understanding of this intersection can help physical educators and coaches better serve youth. This is my first year with the EdD program and I look forward to working with all of you.

Yongsun Lee

My name is Yongsun Lee from South Korea. Yes, the guy everyone calls me “Sun.” I am doing my Doctorate in KIN with the CYSD (Community Youth Sport Development) concentration under Dr. Michael Hemphill. I teach Taekwondo-based martial arts at a college, a high school, and a community-based after-school program to help foster social-emotional competencies. My research interests lie in the area of martial arts pedagogy, social-emotional learning, best practices for sport-based youth development, and transfer of life skills learning. Particularly, I am interested to see how the paradox (learning fighting skills not to fight) promotes positive youth development. I like camping and hiking as well as playing tennis. As I have been working for the EdD in KIN program, I have many opportunities to work with many EdD in KIN students who are experts and specialists in different areas, concentrations, and states. As a GA, I facilitate many events, such as orientation, dissertation proposal/defense, or social events that allow me to know more about the students and learn more about different ways we connect each other. I am privileged because no other PhD students can do what I do. 

We hope knowing a little more about our GAs will give you a peek at the great support network in place for our students, faculty and staff.  They are an important part of the EdD in KIN family.

If you are interested in more information about the EdD in KIN program, check out our website.

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Do you have a desire to study under experienced, award-winning faculty who are nationally recognized for their scholarship? Does being part of a department with ongoing partnerships with community organizations hold appeal to you?  Are you seeking interdisciplinary education and hands-on clinical experience in Kinesiology? 

Then attending the Kinesiology Department’s Virtual Open House on November 10, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET is your chance to learn more about how to become a part of just such a department.

The event will provide options to talk directly with faculty in your area of interest within Kinesiology.

To make your time with us as productive as possible you may want to prepare questions ahead of time regarding your area of interest.  Reviewing the program of interest to you offered by our department is a good first step in that direction.  Below you will find links to each program’s information page. 

AreaM.S.A.T.M.S.Ph.D.Ed.D.
Applied Neuromechanics
Athletic Training
Doctorate of Education in Kinesiology Online
Exercise Physiology
Motor Behavior
Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education
Community Youth Sport Development
Sport & Exercise Psychology
Sports Medicine

In addition, come prepared to share how the degree from UNCG’s Kinesiology Department will help you reach your next goal (career, education, etc.).  How will this degree affect your future?

Click here to submit your RSVP to this Virtual Open House event.

The EdD in KIN program hosted a virtual social event a few weeks ago. Yongsun “Sun” Lee, a PhD student and Taekwondo instructor, taught basic Taekwondo skills and movements including some punches, kicks, steps, and combinations of those skills as ways to move our body while having a lot of fun. Students enjoyed popping their jab and cross punches with Taekwondo steps. Also they demonstrated powerful front kicks and push kicks in their combinations, which was very creative. We did not forget to give big hands to each other after successful demonstrations and drills. One of the students who joined the activity said that “this was a fun social and got us to move in different ways.”


Taekwondo pose!

We really appreciate those who joined the virtual social event. We look forward to future socials to help keep us connected and having fun. Please let us know if you have ideas and suggestions for future virtual socials.!

Stay healthy, active, and connected. Good luck everyone for a successful completion of this semester! 

Best, GAs for EdD in KIN program

If you are interested in more information, visit the EdD in KIN website.

The UNCG department of Kinesiology will be holding an in-person open house to explore our graduate programs on Friday, October 29th, 12:00-3:00pm. Lunch will be provided. 

Learn about our 16 graduate programs, tour our research labs, meet faculty and current students, and gain tips about writing a strong graduate school application. There will also be a Q&A session to address any questions participants may have.

Please register to reserve your spot.

Get ready for the open house by watching this video:

We are also planning a virtual open house for our graduate programs in the near future, so stay tuned for information about that event.

Providing his students with physical activity opportunities during the pandemic

One of our newest students, Joel Frye,  was recently featured in SHAPE America’s Momentum issue for his work in equity, diversity and inclusion in physical education. Joel shared with us what he has been doing as part of the national organization’s EDI advisory committee and more specifically with his own early childhood and elementary-aged students during the pandemic.  Joel’s work has been pretty amazing – he is really making an impact in his community.  Learn  more from Joel below as well as look at the article on page 19  of  Momentum.  

SHAPE America Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Advisory Committee

The SHAPE America EDI advisory group was established to help create a common vision for EDI in the field of kinesiology, specifically health and physical education. As a physical educator, my role on this committee was to share my experiences, particularly as a Black male educator, and provide recommendations as to how we can improve EDI within our HPE community.

Collectively, we helped SHAPE America administrators plan and prepare for a roundtable event to be held during the annual conference and expo. With our input, SHAPE America designed an event inviting health and physical educators across the country to join the EDI conversation and discuss goals, objectives, and outcomes.

Physical Education Teacher – KIPP DC Public Schools

I have been a physical education teacher with KIPP DC Public Schools for 10 years working with the youngest students in early childhood and elementary school. I have always carried the mindset that as I receive students at the beginning of their educational journeys, it is my responsibility to provide a solid foundation and understanding for living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Our school is located in a low-income community in southeast Washington, DC where many of our families have limited access to fresh food or organized physical activity. I have made it a personal mission to create these missing opportunities so that my students and others in the community can benefit from the experiences gained through being active. At my school, we have an organized after-school intramural program that includes running, soccer, and basketball. Outside of school, I brought to our community a national youth running series hosted at a local park.

COVID-19 1-on1’s

In the spring and fall, I coordinate a 5-week youth running series for kids ages 2-14 years old. Due to COVID-19, our 2020 season was canceled. A large number of my students participate in this series and it was a real bummer for both them and their parents that we were unable to host the program.

In March 2020, when everything first shut down, we as a school and teachers were scrambling to figure out how to navigate virtual instruction. For me, as a physical education teacher, this proved to be even tricky. As core content (e.g., math, reading, etc.) was prioritized, I was left to find creative ways to engage on my own. I tried to connect via Zoom and conduct “optional” PE classes, but communication was hit or miss and attendance was very poor.

A parent of one of my student runners reached out because she wanted her son to continue practicing for our run series, so I agreed to meet with them at our local track. We eventually set up a weekly schedule and met twice a week. I posted a couple of pictures from our “workouts” on my classroom Instagram account, and I soon had several other parents asking if I was available to meet with their children as well.

This was super exciting for me as my responsibilities during the early days of virtual learning were extremely flexible. Having this group of families and students gave me an opportunity to remain engaged and continue building relationships. We coordinated days and time to meet and it was an awesome way to remain connected, safely, during 18 months of virtual life.

If you are interested in more information about the EdD in KIN program, please click here to visit our website.

I am very excited to be able to come back to my alma mater, Ohio University, to serve as a faculty member in the new Professional Masters of Science in Athletic Training Degree program. I have fond memories of my time in Athens, OH during undergrad and the mentors that helped me transition into the world of higher education. I have literally come full circle and all the experiences and educational training I endured the last 18 years has prepared me well for this new position as Director of Clinical Education. I am excited to help usher our program into the next era of AT education!

The support of the faculty and graduate students in the EdD program at UNC Greensboro (UNCG) helped me to finish strong with the dissertation defense process. I was able to network with classmates and alumni to obtain leads for jobs all over the country and my dissertation committee members have supported me to prepare research abstracts for professional conferences. The courses in Program Design (KIN 762) and Curriculum Development (KIN 731) really helped me understand the depth and breadth of curriculum design which has helped immensely in my current job as AT programs are currently transitioning from an undergraduate degree to graduate degree program.  Additionally, the Field Practicum course (KIN 714) allowed me the opportunity to take advantage of resources within my local university to develop a role in planning events for the Center for Interprofessional Education and Practice,  which later became the focus of my dissertation.

It can be challenging to balance responsibilities with a full-time job and also completing a doctoral degree online, but know that you have a wealth of knowledge and resources at your fingertips in the faculty and the student network in this program. Everyone is willing to help and support each other because we know the challenges of higher education and also the benefits that your advanced learning has on the communities you serve.  We know It is a hard, but worthy endeavor!

The EdD in Kinesiology program at UNCG is designed well to allow students flexibility to blend program learning goals with resources at their current workplace setting. I truly appreciated being able to come together with so many professionals from different work settings but all with the same goals of advancing teaching, leadership and advocacy in the study of human movement.

For more information about the EdD Online program visit here.

Are you interested in learning more about UNC Greensboro’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program? Join MSAT instructors and students for a virtual open house event on October 25th!

MSAT Virtual Open House

Monday, October 25, 2021 – 12:30 to 2:00pm EST

Please use this form to RSVP. A ZOOM link will be emailed to you after you RSVP.
Please RSVP no later than Friday Oct. 22.

Preliminary Agenda:
-Meet with Dr. Terranova (Program Director) and Dr. Griffin (Coordinator of Clinical Education)
-Meet with other faculty and UNCG ATs
-Overview of curriculum
-Overview of clinical experiences
-Application procedures
-Meet with current students
-Q & A

My name is Amanda Durall and I was recently hired as an Instructor in the Department of Health Science at California Baptist University. I teach in the division of Online and Professional Studies and my position is fully remote. I had twins at the beginning of 2020 and worked remotely through my maternity leave while finishing up my doctorate. A few months later, the pandemic began and my job stayed remote throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. I loved having the opportunity to stay at home with my kids while teaching online and decided to begin searching for a fully online position. The position at California Baptist University is a perfect fit for me because it allows me to teach fully online and to freely integrate my faith into my teaching. 

The EdD program prepared me well for this position, as I was teaching in higher education full time while going through the program. Faculty in the EdD program demonstrated incredible empathy while I navigated coursework, teaching, and pregnancy, offering any accommodations that I may need. Learning best practices in online pedagogy was also helpful as I began to enhance my online delivery as an instructor. The completion of a fully online doctoral program was a great experience that absolutely prepared me for a remote position. 

I completed my degree on my original timeline and was able to defend my dissertation with my cohort. While it certainly wasn’t easy, I think it’s a perfect example to show current and prospective students that you can achieve your personal and professional goals at the same time. There is no need to put aspects of your life on hold just because you think it will be too difficult. At times can it feel overwhelming? Absolutely. Is it impossible? No. Every part of completing your degree and navigating your life – down to the logistics and time management – prepares you well for your future. I am thankful to have found the online EdD in Kinesiology at UNCG. It allowed me to earn a degree, with the help of supportive colleagues and faculty, without having to give up my job or put my hopes of growing a family on hold. 

For more information about the program, click here.

My name is Laura Turek and I am a member of the 2019 EdD cohort. I recently became an online adjunct professor at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. I am teaching Biomechanics virtually to my students from Miami, FL. What excites me the most is getting to interact with my students and create my own course in the field. My experiences in the EdD program have definitely prepared me for this new role. I have used a great deal of my work from Kin 706 (online pedagogy) and KIN 762 (Program Design in Kinesiology). The work from those courses helped create the backbone of my current course and I have built it out from there. With those experiences, I was able to smoothly transition into my new role.

I was able to find my role through the recommendation of Dr. Brown. She knew I was looking to gain some teaching experience and she knew that one of our alumni was looking for someone to teach a course in her department. She helped us connect and with Dr. Brown’s wonderful recommendation, I was hired. Becoming a professor has been a long term goal of mine and I am very excited to be accomplishing that goal now. * For current and prospective students, I would say to always be on the lookout for new opportunities and to be prepared. You never know when the right position or opportunity might arise for you. Being flexible is very helpful too. I also recommend reaching out to the department if you are looking for an opportunity. The members of the Kinesiology Department at UNCG have always been welcoming and helpful to me. I would not have this new role without them! 

For more information about the program, please go here.

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The UNC Greensboro Department of Kinesiology is proud to announce that Dr. Michael Hemphill is the 2020-2021 recipient of the HUMARTS Award. The HUMARTS (Hennis, Ulrich, McGee Assisting Research, Teaching and Service) Award was established by Dr. Celeste Ulrich, a retired Professor of the School of Health and Human Performance (HHS), and Dean Emerita of the College of Human Development and Performance at the University of Oregon. This award is to recognize the professional capabilities and contributions of the professoriate in the Department of Kinesiology in the School of HHS at UNCG.

Dr. Hemphill is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology who came to UNCG in Fall 2016. During his time here, Dr. Hemphill has demonstrated a significant commitment to service, teaching, and research. He co-led a book club in Kinesiology around Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Anti-Racist, served as co-chair of the UNCG Faculty Senate Equity Task Force, is co-editing a special issue on Black scholarship for the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, and serves on various committees at UNCG and professional organizations. He advises students in the EdD in KIN and CYSD Master’s Programs and, in recognition of his community engaged scholarship, Dr. Hemphill received the prestigious Ernest Lynton Award.