Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Connect: Alumni

Dear KIN Alumni and Friends,

shultz-headshot-2015-formal-400x400It is my pleasure to welcome you to the alumni and friends section of our website.  We hope you will visit often and be an active and engaged member of KIN community. Through this page, we will provide opportunities for you to reconnect with classmates, learn about the activities and accolades of former graduates in the Alumni News by Decade and HHS Alumni Awards to stay abreast of what current students and faculty in the Department are doing and how you can get involved. We also encourage you to stay connected to the HHS Alumni Association to learn of upcoming school wide events.

If you are looking for a way to give back, please check out our “giving” page for ways you can support the department and the educational experiences of our students.  We also welcome you to attend campus events where you can interact face to face with our students. To keep you informed of ongoing Department activities and accomplishments, please visit our News and Events pages.

Current Strategic Plan

The Department of Kinesiology is the 3rd largest department on campus, with 27 full-time faculty and 3 administrative staff serving over 800 undergraduate and 150 graduate students.  In a word, we are growing!  To best serve the needs of our students and continue our tradition of excellence in teaching, research and service, the faculty has strategically focused on the following objectives and priorities.

2014-2017 Strategic Plan

  1. Streamline undergraduate curriculum to maximize retention, progression and success, and assess the effectiveness of these changes.
    • The department has experienced tremendous growth in undergraduate enrollment over the last 3 years. We have worked exceptionally hard to streamline the undergraduate curriculum to ensure quality education and experiential learning opportunities, and timely progression towards degree.
  2. Package and market interdisciplinary and professional development graduate courses.
    • We offer a number of inter-disciplinary graduate courses that serve graduate students from a variety of disciplines both within and outside of KIN. Examples include KIN 645: Exercise Psychology, KIN 798: Doctoral Seminar in Grant Writing, and KIN 703: Teaching Undergraduates in Health and Human Sciences. Engaging students from a variety of disciplines has provided for a much richer, interactive educational experience in these courses.  We now deliver 10 inter-disciplinary graduate courses on line, with another 4 courses in development.  This increases accessibility to both our face to face MS and PhD students and on-line EdD students, as well as graduate students outside the department.
  3. Continue to grow and develop the online EdD program, the first of its kind in the country.
    • The launch of the online EdD program in Fall 2014 has been very successful.  We continue to meet our enrollment goals of 20 students per cohort. The program is now fully developed and we continue to add new electives each year.  Our on-going goals are to identify and create a collaborative space for on-line learning and community and to continue to refine and evaluate the dissertation product to maximize its impact on profession practice.
  4. Identify strategic initiatives to enhance scholarly activity and success in seeking external funding.
    • The department has been very successful in forming inter-disciplinary collaborative teams to accelerate the research of multiple faculty around common themes. Themes include concussion, promotion of physical activity through community engagement, knee injury risk, rehabilitation strategies to enhance learning and performance, and the role of physical activity and nutrition in cognition.  Initial pilot work has been supported through internal seed funding in order to position these teams for future success in seeking external funding. The department is also being proactive in identifying future strategic, interdisciplinary hires to move the needle on priority areas of research.
  5. Support faculty development
    • Given our strategic initiatives to manage our enrollment growth and position faculty for scholarly success, we have been very proactive in faculty development activities, including new faculty mentoring, alignment of workload-annual merit review-promotion and tenure documents, workshops on instructional strategies for delivery of online courses and large section courses, and teaching innovation awards.
  6. Enhance Community Engagement
    • We continue to foster collaborations with Moses Cone, Guilford County Schools, other community agencies to change the culture of physical activity and eating behaviors in Guilford County.  This initiative aligns very well with the new UNCG Strategic Plan, and will offer a variety of opportunities for community engaged scholarship and experiential learning opportunities. The department is currently seeking seed funding to support the early planning stages of this initiative.

As Alumni of Department of Physiology and Physical Culture (1892-1907), Physical Training (1907-1971), Physical Education (1917-1989), Exercise and Sport Science (1989-2009) and now Kinesiology (2009-present) we are tremendously proud of our longstanding heritage and the accomplishments of our graduates and faculty.  Please check back periodically to view Alumni and Faculty Highlights to get a glimpse of these accomplishments.  You can use the form below to keep us updated on your stories (e.g., news of promotion, marriages, job opportunities, accolades, etc.), as well as those of your fellow alumni.

We hope you’ll continue to stay in touch with the UNCG KIN community through the years.  You are a part of our history and traditions, and we greatly value your talents and engagement as we continue to move the Department forward.

Best regards,
Sandy Shultz
Professor and Chair
Department of Kinesiology