2019-2020 Annual Report

Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

Dr. Bartholomew Zoom photo
Dr. John Bartholomew – Department Chair

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.

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Two researchers handling medical equipment
Health and Integrative Physiology Lab

Our Department

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

Degrees Offered

New Programs

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.

Academic Rankings

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.

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National Academy of Kinesiology
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Undergraduate Students

By Major

By Year

Graduate Students

By Major

By Year

Awards and Fellowships


Mary Steinhardt

Mary Steinhardt
Fellow, American Academy of Health Behavior

Dixie Stanforth

Dixie Stanforth
2020-21 Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship

Darla Castelli
2020 Society of Health and Physical Educators – SHAPE Curriculum & Instruction Award
2020 American Educational Research Association SIG Catherine Ennis Scholar Award
2020 Society of Health and Physical Educators – SHAPE America Scholar

Michael Sanders
Kinesiology and Health Education Undergraduate Teaching Award


Jan Todd
Kinesiology and Health Education Graduate Teaching Award


Cindy Slater

Cindy Slater
10 Year Service Award

Robin Atwood

Robin Atwood
20 Year Service Award

Patty Coffman

Patty Coffman
25 Year Service Award

Richard Head
College of Education Staff Excellence Award


TACSM President Scott Davis and Faculty Sponsor Michelle Harrison with winning team members Maria Hadjimarcou, Hayden Rich, and Cameron Vaughan.

Exercise Science Undergrads Win ACSM Texas Chapter’s Student Bowl

TACSM President Scott Davis and Faculty Sponsor Michelle Harrison with winning team members Maria Hadjimarcou, Hayden Rich, and Cameron Vaughan

New Faculty

Brian Mills

Brian Mills
Associate Professor

Sport Management

Conor Heffernan

Conor Heffernan
Assistant Professor

Physical Culture and Sports

Mandy Salinas

Mandy Salinas
Assistant Professor of Instruction

Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Zoe Mantarakis

Zoe Mantarakis
Assistant Professor of Practice

Physical Education Division

Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor
Assistant Professor of Practice

Physical Education Division

New Staff

Conrad Velin

Conrad Velin
Department Accountant

Lyndsey Christena

Lyndsey Christena
Administrative Assistant


205 Peer-reviewed publications

29 Non Peer-reviewed publications

80 Presentations

Student Internships

2019-20 Internships: 373

Research Expenditures

Total Expenditures – $2,826,832

  • from National Health Institute, Hogg Foundation, Texas Department of State Health Services, WT Grant, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Research Awards

Mary Steinhardt
Mary Steinhardt

Mary Steinhardt Receives $3.3 Million Grant from the National Institutes of Health

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.

Miguel Pinedo Receives $1.2 Million Grant from NIAAA

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.

Miguel Pinedo


Flattening the Curve with Contact Tracing

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.

Dr. Barholomew Named Editor-in-Chief of TJACSM

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.

Matt Bowers

Matt Bowers Selected for President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition Science Board

While on the Science Board, Bowers will support the implementation and communication of the National Youth Sports Strategy by providing expertise and drafting publications.

Arterial Health Discovery Minute

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.

#beinvolvED: Health Promotion

Learn how the Texas Health Promotion Club uses career exploration and community service to inspire others to #behealthy and #beinvolvED.

KHE Unveils New Student Study Area on 10th Floor of Belmont Hall

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.

Ribbon Cutting

Stark Center

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.” 

Division of Physical Education

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.

Teaching Assistants

  • Madeline Bolin
  • Emily Boujemaa
  • Neil Carpenter
  • Marcus Case
  • Foroughi Forouzan
  • Anne Hakula
  • Alec Hurley
  • Tanya Jones
  • Drew Morrison
  • Sebastian Munoz
  • Key Nahan
  • Ty Roder
  • Jieting Wang
  • Zhengrong Xie  
  • 148 Classes

  • 3,700+ Students

  • 10 Faculty

  • 15 Teaching Assistants per Semester

McCraw Lecture Series

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.

2019-2020 Lectures

OctoberSophie 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”
DecemberJason 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”

Alderson Lecture Series

The 2020 Alderson Lecture Series was cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Our Faculty

These faculty were employed during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Tenure/Tenure Track

John Bartholomew
Darla Marie Castelli
Edward F Coyle
Lisa Griffin
Hao Yuan Hsiao
Thomas M Hunt
Jody L Jensen
Bill Kohl
Sophie Lalande
Alexandra Loukas
Julie Maslowsky
Brian M Mills
Liesl Nydegger
Keryn Elizabeth Pasch
Miguel Pinedo
Mary A Steinhardt
Audrey J Stone
Hirofumi Tanaka
Janice S Todd

Teaching/ Research Faculty

Robin Atwood
Kimberly A Beckwith
Matthew Bowers
Lynne J Bryant
Pamela S Buchanan
Brittany N Crim
Don S Crowley
Nicholas M Enge
Brian K Farr
Maureen Fitzgerald
Erik Gnagy
Michelle Harrison
Conor Heffernan
Carole K Holahan
Esbelle M Jowers
Darren David Kelly
Lara Latimer
Zoe Mantarakis
Nicole Kristen McLagan
Tolga Ozyurtcu
Geoff B Rich
Mandy M Salinas
Michael T Sanders
Darla R Smith
Emily Sparvero
Carol J Spaulding
Dixie Stanforth
Philip R Stanforth
Deane Swanson
Stephen West Taylor
Galia I Tzvetkov
Rachel Marie Watson

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Thank you for another great year!

Our accomplishments were achieved with the help of our tremendous faculty, staff and students.

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