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2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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8 Natatorium
Fax: 785-532-6486

Department Head:

David Dzewaltowski

Director of graduate studies:

Tom Barstow

Graduate faculty:

Tom Barstow, Ph.D., University of California-Davis.
Richard C. Baybutt, (Adjunct) Ph.D., Penn State University.
Timothy K. Behrens, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
Melissa Bopp, Ph.D., University of South Carolina.
David Dzewaltowski, Ph.D., University of Iowa.
Paul Estabrooks, (Adjunct) Ph.D., University of Western Ontario.
Elizabeth Fallon, Ph.D., University of Florida.
Craig Harms, Ph.D., Indiana University.
Andrew T. Kaczynski, Ph.D., University of Waterloo.
Mary McElroy, Ph.D., University of Maryland.
Timothy I. Musch, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Larry Noble, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
David Poole, Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles.
Brett J. Wong, Ph.D., University of Oregon.


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. 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. Kinesiology provides an informed understanding of the role of physical activity to an individual’s physical and mental health.

Research facilities

Biomechanics, exercise psychology, 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. Graduate education, research and service activities are supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health 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, Foods and Nutrition, and Extension Community Health 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.


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