Department of Kinesiology

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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.

The Kinesiology department offers a Masters of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree program that prepares graduate students to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) to become Certified Athletic Trainers. The MSAT program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who not only provide emergency care, but also help our patients return to activity and to regular daily activities. Athletic Trainers are experts in prevention, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic injuries and medical conditions.

The MSAT program offers an extensive modular curriculum in anatomy, assessment, rehabilitation, administration, general medicine, and more. The clinical footprint of the MSAT stretches across North Carolina in various high schools, colleges, clinics, and even special fields such as professional sports, military, and the performing arts. Students are constantly expanding their knowledge and skills with their designated preceptor as they apply their classroom knowledge to real-world experiences. The MSAT builds confidence and abilities as students develop into highly exceptional clinicians.

If the program sounds right for you, please explore the extensive information found on the MSAT Program web pages.

Or contact Aaron Terranova at:

MSAT Students pictured above (L to R) are Napoleon Manley and Zach Hamm

Drs. Ang Chen and Chris Rhea were interviewed for the Summer 2021 issue of Kinesiology Today, a publication of the American Kinesiology Association, for a feature about STEM education and kinesiology.

Dr. Chen spoke about teaching kinesiology science in physical education: “Our curriculum interventions are about teaching and improving elementary to high school students’ knowledge about kinesiology as related to national science and physical education learning standards as associated with physical activity and healthy lifestyles. My current project is a five-year physical education intervention study in high schools. The study targets Next Generation Science
Standards […] and satisfies national physical education standards.”

Dr. Rhea spoke about integrating kinesiology with STEM programs on campus and his experiences as the Director of the UNCG Research and Instruction in STEM Education (RISE) Network: “Our department has a long history of interdisciplinary collaboration. I suspect that is the case for many kinesiology departments, as that is the nature of our discipline. Our department’s interdisciplinary connections have led to many formal and informal STEM touch points on campus. For example, our RISE Network started over a decade ago as an organic group of faculty members broadly interested in STEM education. […] RISE’s signature event is the Science Everywhere festival, which is a community-focused event where faculty and students on campus open their labs and put on science demonstrations for 5,000-plus community members who visit campus …”

Read more in the Summer 2021 issue of Kinesiology Today (p. 16-18)

Natalie Boone has been named as the 2021 University Teacher of the Year by the North Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NC SHAPE). NC SHAPE is a top organization for physical education teacher education. Natalie is a member of the 2017 cohort of the EdD in KIN program and is on track to finish up her doctoral degree this fall. Her dissertation is centered on high school physical education quality and training. Furthermore, Natalie is currently an assistant professor of health, human performance, and recreation at Mars Hill University. For a story from Mars Hill University please click here. Finally, this award is not new to UNCG Kinesiology. Dr. Judy Fowler, a current faculty member, received the award in 2018. See here for more information.

Congratulations Natalie! Our EdD in KIN students continue to impress us. For more information on the EdD in KIN program click here.

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Kristi Vincint Johnson on being named an Engaged Faculty Scholar through North Carolina Campus Compact. Dr. Johnson is currently the Director of Dance and Assistant Professor of Dance at North Carolina Central University. A 2021 EdD in KIN graduate, Kristi’s dissertation was titled, “A Framework for Developing Effective and Sustainable Asset-Based Community-Campus Partnerships in Dance.” The program was centered on community-engaged partnerships through dance – where all entities involved benefited and the program remained sustainable. The Engaged Faculty Scholars program will give Kristi the opportunity to carry out a self-designed project that advances the scholarship of engagement at her institution. She will also work to expand faculty engagement at another member campus. For the full story from NC campus compact click here.

We are so excited to see Kristi continue her dissertation work beyond UNC Greensboro. Keep up the great work Dr. Johnson! For more information about the EdD in KIN program click here.

To wrap up the 2021 EdD in KIN orientation, our current students hosted an evening social that was filled with fun for our newest cohort. Things got competitive as students played a trivia game that included questions from pop culture, travel, random topics, and UNCG/EdD facts. All 18 attendees were very committed to this game, so much that we needed to have a tiebreaker at the end!

During the event we spent time getting to know each other a bit more, played a quick and fun scavenger hunt, and talked about movies/music that inspires us when the going gets tough. The social was designed to help connect our newest cohort with our alumni and current students, and it did just that.

Thanks to Crystal Reimer (2018 cohort) who with some help from Aslynn Halvorson (2019 cohort) and Nathalie Perez (admin) made this night possible. Crystal’s enthusiasm was contagious even through Zoom.

It was a fun ending for our incoming cohort and we can’t wait to ‘see’ them again in the Fall! For more information on the overall orientation, please click here.

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