Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Academic Programs: EdD Online

A Message From the EdD in KIN Faculty About Our 'Shared Fate' and How with Your Help, We Can Focus on Anti-Racism and Social Justice (CLICK HERE)

A message from the EdD in KIN faculty about our “shared fate” and how with your help, we can focus on antiracism and social justice

In these times of uncertainty and unrest, we have continued to operate under our “business as usual” mode…however, we realize that it is important to pause and take time to affirm that we will not tolerate racism in our country. We are eager to find ways to ensure that our students know that we care and are looking for ways to support the “shared fate” that our Chancellor, Frank Gilliam, has referred to each time he addresses the UNCG community. In his recent Message from the Chancellor shared May 31, 2020 in response to the death of George Floyd and others, he asked the question “Are we willing to buy into the notion that we have a ‘shared fate’ regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or party affiliation? Are people willing to change how institutions work in this country so that all people are treated fairly?” I hope that all of you (faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends) will join us in coming together, as stated by the Chancellor, with a “good heart and common sense to solve problems” and find ways to counter systemic racism, particularly anti-Black racism that has been clearly demonstrated in the past few weeks. Let us all join together to create change. The EdD in Kinesiology program strives to develop leaders who can make an impact not just in kinesiology, but in their communities. This is a perfect time for us to focus on how we can be agents of change and focus on antiracism and social justice – let’s be leaders and help find ways to create a society that is inclusive of all. We will be reaching out to all of you to join us in moving forward.

The EdD in Kinesiology Faculty – Dr. Pam K. Brown, Dr. Diane Gill, Dr. Erin Reifsteck, Dr. Michael Hemphill & Dr. Ben Dyson

Resources: The National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian offers an overview of anti-racism, including a video clip by Ibram X. Kendi, the author of “How to be an Antiracist.” – check out the site. The Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre also offers information about anti-racism, including what it means and how it is an active stance, along with information about their human rights programs and resources.

The Doctor of Education in Kinesiology Online (EdD in KIN Online) at UNCG is an interdisciplinary, professional degree program specifically designed for practicing professionals who have a minimum of three years of professional experience in Kinesiology or related fields, and desire a doctorate that is focused on professional scholarship and practice in leadership, advocacy, and teaching. Our aim is to bring together a community of scholars to develop action-oriented leaders.

The four-year online degree program is cohort-based and requires students to complete of 54 credit hours including the dissertation.

Program highlights:

  • Four-year online doctoral program includes 36 hours of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation. 
  • Professional learning communities support academic and professional growth throughout the program.
  • Three required campus visits foster collaboration and community in cohorts.
  • First fully online Doctor of Education in Kinesiology in the country (started in 2014).

For more information, please see this interview about the EdD in KIN program and contact the Program Director, Dr. Pam Brown, at

Here is what our students have to say about the program!

The skills and confidence I gained throughout the EdD program enabled me to deliver more educational sessions at conferences and in classrooms. This allowed me to network and gain experience to feel well qualified for this position

Dr. Chris Condran, 2022 graduate, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Lebanon Valley College

“The EdD in Kinesiology Online Doctoral program is built on a foundation of trust through relationship building, teamwork, discipline, and professionalism. The time spent struggling and succeeding with my fellow students provided real-life teaching faculty, senior administrator touchpoints that will propel me into further professional growth the next 15 years of my career in government service.”

Jason Suby, 2019 Graduate, Director of Assessment, Department of Physical Education, United States Military Academy