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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Department Head:

Craig Harms

Director of graduate studies:

Tom Barstow

Graduate faculty:

*Carl Ade, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Tom Barstow, Ph.D., University of California-Davis
*Bradley Behnke, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Gina Besenyi, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Steven Copp, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Yuri Feito (Adjunct), Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Paige Geiger, Ph.D., Mayo Graduate School
*Craig Harms, Ph.D., Indiana University
*Katie Marie Heinrich, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Sara Jahnke, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Emily Mailey, Ph.D., University of Illinois-Champaign
*Mary McElroy, Ph.D., University of Maryland
*Timothy I. Musch, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Carlos Poston, Ph.D. University of California
*David Poole, Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles

*Denotes graduate faculty that are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.





Kinesiology is the systematic study of human movement that integrates information drawn from a number of domains to form its own unique body of knowledge. Kinesiology provides an informed understanding of the role of physical activity in an individual’s physical and mental health. As a life science area, the study of Kinesiology requires both breadth and depth in content, as well as strong grounding in scientific inquiry skills.

Research facilities

Public health physical activity behavior and human exercise physiology laboratories are located in the Department of Kinesiology. The Department’s animal research laboratories are housed within the Department of Anatomy and Physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine facilities. The Lifestyle Improvement through Fitness Enhancement (LIFE) community fitness laboratory provides prevention and rehabilitation exercise services to a variety of groups including corporate employees, youth, and older adults. Graduate students are provided many opportunities to work in both research and physical activity service settings.

Program strengths

The Kinesiology Faculty has emerged as a national leader in the science of health-related physical activity with internationally-recognized faculty. Graduate education, research and service activities are supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association as well as private corporations and health foundations. Strong collaboration efforts with other academic units on campus such as the Departments of Anatomy and Physiology, and Human Nutrition provide valuable research and applied professional preparation opportunities for students.

Financial support

Graduate research and teaching assistantships are available and are renewable for two years. Assignments include assisting with faculty research, teaching laboratory portions of kinesiology courses, and working in adult, corporate, and disease prevention and rehabilitation exercise programs. Graduate assistantships are also available from the following university units: Lafene Health Center and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Contact these units directly for further information. Applications for assistanships should be made as early as possible; for the Fall semester starting in August, completed applications should be received by March 15. For starting in Spring semester in January (when available) completed applications should be received by November 1 of the previous year.




Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science

Dual Degree