This report covers the academic year from September 2019 to August 2020. Much of the content reflects what was a normal and successful year – progressing like any other.
It was not until the Spring of 2020 when two forces combined to transform it to a year like none in recent memory. The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic occurred simultaneously with the long-overdue national struggle with the recognition of deeply seated, systemic racism. Given this context, it seems odd to look back on our accomplishments. They seem, at first glance, to be less meaningful in light of challenges. But, this is also what makes the accomplishments meaningful. Our students, staff and faculty came together during unprecedented personal challenges to continue our mission, to create online classes – from large lectures, to small labs and even physical activity courses – in a matter of days.
We kept teaching, writing, learning, working. We then developed plans to implement a range of precautions for safe interactions to restart research and move our courses – especially our clinical and experiential learning courses – back to in-person instruction. In short, we all worked extremely hard to keep things as normal as possible. This report is a testament to and celebration of that effort. I could not be more proud of how normal it is.
Total Students – 1,450
Graduate Students – 215
Undergraduate Students – 1,235
Student Internships – 373
Total Faculty – 52
Graduate Degrees Offered – 14
Undergraduate Programs Offered – 6
In 2019, we re-organized our graduate program in Exercise Science. It was divided into two areas: Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation and Movement Science.
Our program in Exercise Physiology is focused on mechanistic research with a particular focus on cardiovascular physiology and its related disease.
Our program in Rehabilitation and Movement Science is focused on neural-motor control with an emphasis on the interaction of motor learning, biomechanics and physical therapy.
These changes are designed to provide a more narrow focus and clear identity for both programs. This, in turn, will make it easier to recruit students and to develop high impact, collaborative research.
We are consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation and the world. We are recognized by many as one of the best programs for research and health education and kinesiology studies.
10 Year Service Award
20 Year Service Award
25 Year Service Award
TACSM President Scott Davis and Faculty Sponsor Michelle Harrison with winning team members Maria Hadjimarcou, Hayden Rich, and Cameron Vaughan
Internships by Year
Research Expenditures by Year
Professor Mary Steinhardt was awarded a $3.3 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases. The grant will fund her research program Resilience-Based Diabetes Self-Management Education. The project provides resources to African Americans to manage their daily demands of type 2 diabetes.
African Americans are twice as likely to have type 2 diabetes than non-Hispanic Whites and are less likely to engage in effective diabetes self-management. There is a critical need for intensive lifestyle interventions that address the difficulties associated with diabetes faced by African Americans that may worsen diabetes-related health outcomes. Participants in the study attend weekly educational sessions, followed by bimonthly support groups and booster sessions to learn coping skills and self-management behaviors.
Assistant Professor Miguel Pinedo received a $1.2 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for his project, Explaining Latino-White Disparities in Alcohol Treatment Services Utilization.
Pinedo’s project addresses gaps in our understanding of barriers that prevent people from seeking and receiving appropriate care for alcohol use disorders. His research will aid in the development of strategies to enhance treatment use.
Darlene Bhavnani of Dell Medical School and Bill Kohl of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education join Talking Eds to discuss the importance of contact tracing for containing infectious disease.
Department Chair John Bartholomew began his four-year term as editor-in-chief of the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (TJACSM) on January 1, 2020.
While on the Science Board, Bowers will support the implementation and communication of the National Youth Sports Strategy by providing expertise and drafting publications.
Join Professor Hirofumi Tanaka as he explains what hardening of the arteries is, why it is an important indicator of aging, and what can be done to maintain arterial health.
Learn how the Texas Health Promotion Club uses career exploration and community service to inspire others to #behealthy and #beinvolvED.
Thanks to the gift from an anonymous donor, we were able to establish a number of new, student study spaces. These spaces are on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of Bellmont Hall. Each space is a mix of small group and individual study spaces – all with charging stations. This will have a tremendous impact on the daily life of our students.
We celebrated the opening of these spaces with Dean Charles Martinez at a ribbon cutting on December 9, 2019.
Oct. 17th, 2019
“The Legacy of Earl Campbell,” the Inaugural Clyde Rabb Littlefield Lecture with author Asher Price
The event was moderated by Kinesiology and Health Education professor, Dr. Tolga Ozyurtcu, with a Q & A afterwards. Price’s book was recently described as “the most important book on Texas football since Friday Night Lights.”
The division seeks to enhance the quality of life of the general public through research, instruction, and service in the areas of health, exercise, and sport.
This lecture series features faculty from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education as well as speakers from other colleges and universities. Topics included sport history and culture, health and behavior, and physical fitness. Talks were open to the public.
|October||Sophie Lalande, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin|
“Exercise limitations in patients with type 2 diabetes”
Miguel Pinedo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin
“Migration as a social determinant of health: Advancing Latino health research”
|December||Jason Shurley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Coaching, University of Wisconsin Whitewater|
“From forbidden to mandatory: The evolution of strength training for sport”
The 2020 Alderson Lecture Series was cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic
These faculty were employed during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Darla Marie Castelli
Edward F Coyle
Hao Yuan Hsiao
Thomas M Hunt
Jody L Jensen
Brian M Mills
Keryn Elizabeth Pasch
Mary A Steinhardt
Audrey J Stone
Janice S Todd
Kimberly A Beckwith
Lynne J Bryant
Pamela S Buchanan
Brittany N Crim
Don S Crowley
Nicholas M Enge
Brian K Farr
Carole K Holahan
Esbelle M Jowers
Darren David Kelly
Nicole Kristen McLagan
Geoff B Rich
Mandy M Salinas
Michael T Sanders
Darla R Smith
Carol J Spaulding
Philip R Stanforth
Stephen West Taylor
Galia I Tzvetkov
Rachel Marie Watson
Our accomplishments were achieved with the help of our tremendous faculty, staff and students.
*Some information in this document may not be an accurate representation of the current state of our department. Links in this section may bring you to current and updated pages.