Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

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David Kyle, a recent EdD in KIN alumni has been busy since graduating with his doctorate. His dissertation was titled, “The Impact of Youth Adapted Sport on Physical Activity of Adults with Disabilities.” In this project, he found that adults who participated in adapted youth sport perceived that it had a significant impact, leading to an overall active lifestyle with a focus on enjoyment, health, and preventing disability progression. He has continued this line of work since graduation. He has continued to serve in his role at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (U.A.H.) as the Director of Ability Sport Network. The purpose of this program is to encourage youth with physical disabilities to engage in sport. He shared with us that he just did a wheel-chair tennis clinic for the community where he was able to teach and get his adapted Physical Education students a real-world experience. Recently, he has also worked with a small private university to provide an adapted sport demo for their Physical Education students. He has plans to bring his work into a Boccia clinic later this month, further expanding his work in adapted sport. This is a busy time for him as he is also starting up his annual wheelchair basketball team. A news story about his team from last year can be found here. We are glad to see that David is continuing his passion for adapted youth sport after finishing his degree here at UNCG. 

We are excited to see what he continues to accomplish! If you are interested in learning more about David’s work or adapted youth sport you can reach out to him at or facebook and if you are interested in pursuing a kinesiology doctoral degree online reach out to or visit our website here

Following EdD in KIN tradition, our 6th cohort of doctorate students arrived on campus for orientation this past June. We welcomed the 2019 cohort on campus for three days. They were greeted by a panel of distinguished guests, faculty, and alumni to learn more about what to expect out of their EdD in KIN experience. The orientation addressed important issues for student success such as the use of technology, the challenges of balancing education along with career and family obligations, best practices and helpful hints, along with how to successfully and adequately navigate online courses. The orientation culminated with a day at Piney Lake where students participated in team building exercises and a lakefront picnic. 

The new cohort was happy with their experiences during the orientation at UNCG and excited about classes this fall. Here are some of the things they had to say:

  • “The information provided was practical and valuable. Our time was respected and used well”
  • “Well planned, great use of time and very professional. It gave me confidence in having so much support as an online student. It was great having so much time to interact with my cohort members and really connect with them; I came away with a sense of “togetherness” that I have no doubt will offer support in the years to come. I also really appreciated the faculty and staff being present at most of the activities!”
  • “I absolutely loved the Team Building session. It was something different and we were able to open up in a less formal setting and I loved that our family was able to come spend time with us.”

Orientation was a huge success! Students were able to develop a strong sense of community to help carry them through their four years of being an online doctoral student. Applications for the fall 2020 academic year are now being accepted. Our review of applications for admissions will begin mid-January of 2020. For more information on the program, click here or contact us at

Lindsey Hamilton, EdD in KIN first year student, will serve as a presenter in an upcoming webinar titled, “Effective Networking and Conference Attending: Student-Focused Webinar.” This free webinar is geared towards educating students about networking before the upcoming 34th Annual Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Conference in Portland, Oregon on October 23rd-26th. Lindsey, the AASP Student Development committee chairperson, and other members of the Committee will answer questions like, “What is networking? How should I introduce myself to other professionals in the field? Where does networking go wrong? and What can I do in advance of the conference to prepare?” The webinar will be useful for anyone who is looking to learn more about networking, regardless if you are planning on attending AASP. 

The webinar is October 14th from 7:30-8:45pm EST. Register for the free webinar by 12:00pm EST on the 14th here. For more information on the AASP conference check out their web-page here

This past May was a busy month for the EdD in KIN program. Busy— in the best possible way. Numerous students from various cohorts were on campus to share their dissertation research with the UNCG community. We had 19 students propose their dissertations and 21 students defend and graduate. 

Our 2016 EdD in KIN cohort came to campus, as part of their third year visit, to propose their dissertation topics in front of peers and faculty. A few of their topics included: 

  • Physical activity and health/well-being in college students.
  • Athletic trainer use of patient-related outcomes.
  • Physical education and English language learning.

After proposing, students received feedback from their committees, went on team building exercises, and celebrated reaching this momentous milestone. They will be using this academic year, their 4th and final year, to conduct their various projects and collect data. We look forward to seeing them back on campus in 2020 to defend their dissertations and walk that stage as official doctors. Keep up the hard work, 2016 cohort! 

Our 2015 EdD in KIN cohort came to campus, as part of their 4th year visit, to defend their dissertations, participate in our first ever EdD in KIN Poster Presentation, and most importantly walk across the graduation stage to be hooded as official doctors. Some of the very exciting defense topics that our students defended and later showcased in the poster presentation included: 

  • Servant leadership in intercollegiate athletics.
  • Video modeling as a teaching tool at a military academy.
  • Respiratory therapy pedagogy. 
  • Adventure education programs.
  • Early specialization for club volleyball.
  • Mindfulness and physical activity. 

At the conclusion of the poster presentations we celebrated these new Doctors and their families at BoxCar Arcade with dinner, drinks, and fun — oh my! .

Congratulations to the following grads! We’re very excited to see all that you will accomplish! 

Nicholas J Beresic

Erika Wendy Bonadio

Cassandra Elizabeth Bukhin

Andrew Benjamin Carter

Jennifer Cole

Kimberly M. Clark

Heather Leah DeLangie

Nicholas Brian DeLangie

Martha Grace Dettl-Rivera

Janah Elisha Fletcher

Meaghan Kelly Howard

Gregory Carl Kingston

David Lewis Kyle

Misti Rene Mueller

Kenneth Edward Murczek

David John Opon

Callie Elizabeth Phillips

Lisa Dawn Powell

Melinda Beth Smith

Jason Allan Suby

Jacob Wesley Surratt

Story by: Shelby Anderson and Carine Kelleher

Three Ed.D. in KIN faculty attended the Digital Learning Initiative Symposium that was held at UNC Chapel Hill. The purpose of the symposium was to convene faculty and online learning professionals across the 17 UNC system institutions. Dr. Pam Brown, Dr. Erin Reifsteck, and Dr. Michael Hemphill were able to connect with alumni Dr. Sherry Sayler and network with people across the UNC system.

Nick Beresic, an EdD in KIN student, recently presented at the UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo. The purpose of the Expo is to showcase UNCG graduate students’ accomplishments to the greater Greensboro Community. Nick’s presentation was titled, “Examining Low Back Pain Prevention Strategies in the Electrophysiology and Catheterization Lab.” The purpose of his study was to examine the role of exercise and physical activity routines, health education, and continued management support as low back pain prevention strategies. Nick joined many other Kinesiology graduate students in presenting their graduate work. Way to represent the EdD in KIN Nick!

Lisa D. Powell, an Ed.D. in KIN candidate, presented at the Southeast Collegiate Fitness Expo that was held at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in February. Lisa presented on the physical activity group therapy program that she has helped create at Christopher Newport University. The program is named #cnubwell and is in collaboration with the institution’s Counseling Center. During the presentation she shared information regarding the need for such a program, the partnership created with the Center, and the program’s curriculum. The premise of the program has also guided her into her dissertation topic, “The Effects of a Physical Activity Program on Mood States in College Students,” which she successfully defended a few weeks ago. She will share the findings of her dissertation at the ACSM 66th Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL in May.  She looks forward to continuing her work with #cnubwell and research in this area. Lisa shared with us that she is thankful for UNCG faculty for their guidance and mentorship!

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

Dr. Allan H. Goldfarb receiving the 2019 Montoye Research Scholar Award

Dr. Allan H. Goldfarb was awarded the 2019 Montoye Research Scholar Award by the SE Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.

This award is given in honor of Henry J. Montoye, one of the charter members of the SE ACSM chapter and past president.  The award honors a scientist whose research throughout their career has made substantial and significant impact in the Exercise Sciences. 

Dr. Goldfarb received the Montoye Scholar Award on February 16, 2019 in Greenville, SC.