Enhance Academic Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Objective 1: Excel in educating doctoral kinesiologists who are scholars and teachers

We will graduate kinesiologists who are skilled and knowledgeable scholars in their sub-discipline, who can readily communicate with other scholars within and outside kinesiology, and who are prepared to teach in their area and at least one area outside of their expertise.

Strategies

  • Encourage interdisciplinary understanding of kinesiology through experience in a secondary area, the doctoral seminar, preliminary exams, journal clubs and informal student interactions.
  • Develop independent scholars through mentor-based instruction, student-initiated research projects and involvement in writing grant proposals.
  • Enhance teaching expertise through mentor-assisted teaching practice by requiring independent teaching of one upper level undergraduate course in specialization area and teaching or assisting in a secondary area.
  • Foster good citizenship through involvement in departmental activities and committees, outreach to the community, and support of one another.

Objective 2: Prepare Master’s students in the scientific process and for advanced study or for leadership positions in their field

The Masters of Science program will engage students in the scientific process and prepare them for advanced careers in kinesiology-related professions or for continued academic preparation in Ph.D. programs.

Strategies

  • Develop research skills and independence through coursework and mentor-based instruction.
  • Develop professional skills that are relevant for student’s career goals.

Objective 3: Prepare Bachelor’s students in the science of physical activity and health, and the application of this science to professional endeavors

The undergraduate program will provide students with broad content knowledge in kinesiology and health as well as the technical, professional and communication skills needed for employment in a variety of professionally oriented careers or for advanced study in graduate or professional programs.

Strategies

  • Provide breadth of content through the broad kinesiology core and in related health courses, and provide depth by offering a variety of program options and upper level courses.
  • Strengthen interaction with faculty through research opportunities, learning communities, and professional involvement.
  • Monitoring departmental student learning outcomes.

Objective 4: Promote excellence in learning and teaching

The faculty will strive to deliver relevant, current content in an active and engaging environment and maintain an integrated curriculum that facilitates learning and professional skill development.

Strategies

  • Improve teaching techniques through seminars, workshops, mentoring of junior faculty and periodic peer-reviews.
  • Promote active learning through laboratory experiences, experiential learning opportunities and service learning.
  • Strengthen the curriculum by periodic review of department learning outcomes and curricular structure to ensure continuity, reduce redundancy and adjust based on societal needs.
  • Maximize teaching efficiency through effective use of faculty, instructors and teaching assistants, and incorporation of innovative teaching technology.
  • Incorporate cutting edge knowledge and contemporary issues into class content.

Leading Indicators for Goal 1

  • Number of presentations at national academic and professional meetings and number of refereed publications by graduate students.
  • Employment of students post graduation in institutions of higher education and other professional positions.
  • Percent of students who are accepted into graduate or professional programs or into postdoctoral positions.
  • Departmental average for course evaluations for 200, 300, 400 and graduate-level courses.
  • Feedback from students in routinely administered exit and follow-up surveys.