Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

News and Events

The departmental gear order has been sent out to all students, faculty, and staff in Kinesiology. If you would like the order form, please check your email, or request it from Ms. Britt (ecbritt@uncg.edu). Forms and payment are due January 31st by 5:00pm to Ms. Britt in 237 Coleman Building. We can accept exact change, or checks made payable to UNCG-Kinesiology.

Paul Loeb once wrote that because “…most of our serious problems, are in large part common problems, which can be solved only through common efforts.”  This is why the Department of Kinesiology is proud to be part of a campus wide effort in combating cardiovascular disease (CVD), the number one leading cause of death.

Our very own, Dr. Laurie Wideman, is one of many on campus looking to make a real impact on the prevention of CVD. Laurie is interested in combining her research in conjunction with Human Development and Family Studies’ Right Track’s data to create Right Track: Health.  An initiative that takes a cross-disciplinary perspective on emotion and behavior regulation and it’s impact on health.

To read more about UNC Greensboro’s commitment to real world Impact read the full article here.  

Nate Berry

On December 6th, 112 doctoral candidates lined up in the cold to march into the UNC Greensboro Auditorium and get hooded. This small ceremony honors the doctoral candidates as they transition into doctors, community leaders, researchers, and scholars. After all, “Doctoral education is the fuel for innovation,” remarked Chancellor Gilliam during his closing statement.

Among these honored was KIN’s very own doctoral student Nate Berry and his mentor, Dr. Laurie Wideman.  “He has an intelligent, intriguing, and perceptive outlook on things and a deep understanding of statistics, which I don’t have,” jokes Dr. Allan Goldfarb.  We wish Nate who “has been a leader and a great team player on NIH-funded projects in Dr. Wideman’s lab” remarks,  Dr. Paul Davis, director of graduate studies, all the best and look forward to seeing his contributions in the field of kinesiology! To read more about the ceremony click here.

Nate Berry pictured with (from left to right) Dr. Laurie Wideman (mentor), Karen Berry (mother), and  Rachel Berry (wife).

Headshot of Dave WiederrechtDave Wiederrecht, current EdD student, grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Messiah College where he ran track and field. “The 400 hurdles was my main event,” recalls Dave.  His coach, Doug Miller, played an essential role in his life, beyond coach he was his professor, and ultimately his academic advisor. Messiah College track and field was a very community-oriented team, so Coach Miller’s family was present many days. Dave even remembers meeting Coach Miller’s family and daughter, Mindy, who would be present at some of the meets.  

Dave and Mindy’s paths continued to weave together as he became a high school track and field coach and would often see Mindy at meets where she competed as a high schooler. Dave eventually moved out of Pennsylvania to pursue coaching positions at the collegiate level and after several years decided to go back to school to earn his Educational Doctorate. In Spring of 2018 Dave got word that he was accepted into the EdD in KIN program at UNC Greensboro and in Fall 2018 he began his classes. Dave said, “Once I accepted at UNCG, I met another Messiah Alum in my cohort, and she mentioned to me that Mindy was also in the program.” He soon found out that Mindy was a senior lecturer in applied health science and director of student wellness at Messiah College, where at the very last minute, Dave’s daughter, Kathryn decided to attend college. Funny enough, Kathryn even has Mindy as an instructor now and Kathryn is continuing in the family tradition of running track and field at Messiah. Dave’s older sister ran track at Messiah, and his niece is currently running track at Messiah, too.

While connections happen every day, it’s not something the EdD in KIN program takes for granted. Making connections is one of the reasons this program is so different from other online programs. A current student said it best, “Although my classmates live all across the nation,  we’re closely connected. We support each other in all our endeavors.”

Dave will be presenting at the 95th annual Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (TAHPERD) Conference later this month. He has two presentations titled, “Implementing the Functional Movement Screen in Physical Education” and “On the Ball Training.” The Functional Movement Screen provides a standard operating procedure to screen movement, create corrective exercises to move well and move often. Dave said, “Think of it as an ‘eye exam’ for your movement. Meaning, one doesn’t have to have ‘perfect’ vision, but to drive a car, one needs a minimum threshold to drive safely!” For more information on the conference or if you would like to attend the sessions look here. Best of luck on your presentation Dave!

Story by: Shelby Anderson / Edited by: Carine Kelleher

Posted in EdD

United States Flag hanging at the EUC UNC Greensoboro’s Health and Physical Education Programs was ranked #9 in the nation and #1 in North Carolina for Veteran friendliness.  We are honored to serve those who have served us.  To learn more about UNC Greensboro’s commitment to Veterans or for our full list of services click here.  To read more about our recent rankings check out the entire article.

Dr. Hemphill leaning on a wall

Dr. Michael Hemphill has been recently featured in two podcast episodes of the newly created podcast entitled “Playing with Research in Health and Physical Education.”  This podcast series, was created out of George Mason University and is intended for both students and educators in an attempt to make research in the field more accessible to all.  The podcast already has 15 epidsodes and over 1,200 listens.

Dr. Hemphill’s first episode, lays out the basics of Restorative Justice Practice Principles in the Theory Breakdown episode.  Dr. Hemphill’s second episodes features a sit down interview on Restorative Youth Sports.

To listen to these episodes click here or type in the name of podcast, “Playing with Research in Health and Physical Education,” into any podcast application (Apple, Spotify, Google).

  • Photos from colloquium

On November 9, 2018, KIN professors emeriti—Dick Swanson, Jo Safrit, and Kate Barrett—presented during our “Historical Perspectives on Kinesiology: UNCG and Beyond” colloquium to over 100 of our current students and faculty. This colloquium, which focuses on the personal experiences of these pioneers in our field, is a tradition for the department and was moderated by Diane Gill this year. This was a standing-room-only event, as students and faculty filled up the seats. Our three distinguished guests had quite an impact on our students, who were often laughing and smiling through most of the event. Second-year Applied Neuromechanics doctoral student, Mackenzie Pierson, shared her experience: “Listening to leaders in our field, especially such strong women, discuss obstacles and passions was inspiring. Recognizing the role that UNCG played within their journey of success made me more thankful for the opportunity to continue my education here at UNCG.”

Thanks to all who made this event happen—from our venerable speakers to our extraordinary students.

Craig Parkes with wife and sonCraig Parkes, a 2018 EdD graduate, recently accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at the University of South Alabama in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport, starting January 2019. Previously, Craig worked at Penn State University primarily teaching in the PETE program for six and a half years, while simultaneously completing his EdD here at UNC Greensboro from 2014-2018. Craig’s hard work paid off and he was offered an on campus interview at South Alabama the day before his doctoral defense. Craig recalls being excited at the prospect of being offered a new faculty position so close to graduation. Now, Craig is looking forward to this new opportunity to work with like-minded faculty who have already begun to support him before his contract has even begun.

Craig was appreciative of his time as a EdD student at UNCG and thought that his work here helped him in many ways. He stated, “First, without the doctorate the chance of obtaining a tenure-track professor position is low. Second, studying at UNCG while also teaching at Penn State helped me to become a better faculty member at work and a better student at home. Third, I became a much better researcher through the dissertation process. I worked closely with Dr. Michael Hemphill, who really gave me some great ideas on how to conduct high quality qualitative research. I really feel confident in leading more research projects as I move into this new role, and already have some IRB approval and data collection completed on some upcoming projects, including one with Dr. Hemphill, who has become a close friend post-graduation.”

Craig was in the inaugural cohort of EdD students completing their degree online. He and his family are excited to make the move and fulfill a lifelong dream of residing in a warm climate near the ocean. One of Craig’s hobbies include chilling out at the beach with his wife and son. Looks like he’ll be able to make this happen more often. Congrats on your new position Craig!

Story by Shelby Anderson

Marcia Rosiek sitting at her desk.Props to EdD in KIN Student, and Coastal Carolina University Lecturer, Marcia Rosiek, for keeping her classes afloat during Hurricane Florence and now Hurricane Michael.  In addition to completing a certificate through the Distance Learning Institute for Coastal Carolina University and the Center of Teaching Excellence to Advance Learning (CeTeal) Marcia has taken course credit through the EdD program at UNC Greensboro in online pedagogy. “The importance of online teaching and learning is evident. Our students like to be online. They use their electronic devices to complete multiple task,” states Marcia.

This past summer Marcia was awarded a grant from the Coastal Office of Online Learning (COOL) to build and develop her new hybrid course over the summer.   She quickly applied some of the same technologies and practices to her other non-online courses,  like connecting student learning objectives to each week, helping students understand the expectations for completing the course successfully.  “When the hurricane came through our area, I made a video for my students with instructions for how to keep working during this time as they were evacuated. Since, we had been through hurricanes before, I knew the alternative was Saturdays!!! I voiced over lectures and instructions and it didn’t take much time because the framework was already there.”

Marcia is a big proponent of online teaching citing that it is effective and downright necessary in times of need.  And, “while developing and maintaining an online course takes some time,” Marcia remarks “so does teaching in a traditional classroom.”  She also recommends using lots of videos but warns, “I just remember to keep them short!”  Marcia is thankful for her experience as an online student at UNC Greensboro as well as her experience being the teacher of an online program at Coastal, “I believe diverse learning opportunities and accessibility are our primary responsibilities as educators. In my experience, both institutions realize the student[s] [have] expectations and we must be able to meet them.”  To learn more, watch Marcia’s interview on Coastal Now below!