Location: Albright Health Center 104
Email Address: email@example.com
Web Address: http://coehs.nku.edu/departments/kinesiology.html
Department Chair: Alar Lipping
Other Key Personnel:
Athletic Training Program Director: Rachele Vogelpohl
Department Coordinator: Annette Shumard
Exercise Science Program Director: Wiley Piazza
Health and Physical Education Director: Rebecca Elkins
Full-Time Faculty: Gary Eippert, Rebecca Elkins, Collin Herb, Alar Lipping, Alma Mattocks, Wiley Piazza, Carol Ryan, Gabe Sanders, Cory Scheadler, Rachele Vogelpohl
Thinking about the discipline: Kinesiology, the study of human movement, has seen a surge in popularity over the last 20 years that experts attribute to its social relevance, its relation to the obesity epidemic, and the growing societal importance of sports and athletics. The kinesiology programs have evolved over the years to offer courses that extend beyond physical education and health to exercise science, exercise prescription, athletic training, motor development and learning, and biomechanics. Many students pursue traditional careers such as coaching or fitness instruction, but more than half pursue other quickly-growing allied health or medical professions such as athletic trainer, exercise science professional, cardiac rehabilitation specialist, physical therapist, occupational therapist or physician assistant. A new need for older adult and elementary/middle-school physical education teachers, coaches, and fitness instructors is also on the horizon, as the movement to improve health across the lifespan continues.
Special opportunities for our students: Students are encouraged to join the department’s Kinesiology Club or Athletic Training Club. Each club promotes an appreciation of, a commitment to, involvement in, and professional responsibility to the stated field of kinesiology. Students participate in such activities as: attending workshops, conferences, conventions, seminars, and institutions; community services; supporting events in the areas of athletic training, exercise science, and physical education/health; and serving as ambassadors for NKU to state, district, and national professional organizations.
You should also know: To remain in the athletic training education program or the exercise science program, students must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.50. To be admitted to an education program students must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.75.
In addition, students majoring in one of the education disciplines (for example, physical education) must apply for admission to the teacher education program. The admission process is described in detail in the teacher education section of the catalog. Students majoring in athletic training must also apply for admission to the athletic training program.