2018-2019 Annual Report

Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

Movement toward a healthier life.

Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education,.  As you read this report, I think that you will be impressed by both the diversity of interest and the degree of impact that our faculty and students achieve. While we can only feature a sample of our work, the report includes a celebration of a recent, NIH-funded project on cardiovascular health in Type II Diabetes and our growing partnership with the expansion MLS franchise, Austin FC.  

We are pleased to highlight the President’s Award for Global Learning for a partnership between UT Austin and Ghana along with research on the impact of e-cigarettes on youth.  As such, this report illustrates the efforts that the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education brings to positively impact our community.

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Dr. John Bartholomew – Department Chair
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Our Department

Total Students – 1,440

Graduate Students – 151

Undergraduate Students – 1,289

Student Internships – 337

Total Faculty – 52

Graduate Degrees Offered – 17

Undergraduate Programs Offered – 6

Degrees Offered

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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Department of Kinesiology - National Academy of Kinesiology
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Undergraduate Students

Applied Movement Science - 285
Athletic Training Program - 86
Exercise Science - 417
Health Promotion - 64
Sport Management - 172
Physical Culture and Sport - 265

Sport Management Online Master’s (M.Ed.)

The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education introduced their first 100% online master’s program in sport management. Students participate in interactive online classes from around the world. The program offers a flexible schedule, small class sizes, and access to the same professors and resources available to in-person students. 

Total Enrollment: 41


Awards and Honors

Hall of Honor

The Hall of Honor recognizes faculty, alumni, and friends of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education who have made significant contributions to their professional field.

Dorothy "Dolly" Downing Lambdin

Distinguished Faculty Inductee

Faculty Awards

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Alexandra Loukas

College of Education’s Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Award

Jody Jensen

University of Texas at Austin Civitatis Award

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Jan Todd

University of Texas at Austin Texas Ten

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John Ivy

2019 Tom Osborne Award

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Brian Farr

Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)

Student Awards


Dhruv Gupta
Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Alumni Awards


Tere Ramirez
Honor Award from the Texas Association for Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD)

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Rebecca Lambdin-Abraham

Mabel Lee Award


Peer-Reviewed Publications

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Research Expenditures

Total Expenditures – $2,207,644

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

Research Awards

Audrey Stone
Michelle Harrison

Audrey Stone received a $2.4 million, four-year grant from NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for the project, Temporal Effects of Inflammation on the Autonomic Control of Circulation During Exercise in Type 2 Diabetic Rats. 

The project co-investigator is Michelle Harrison, director of the Health and Integrative Physiology (HIP) Laboratory

Student Internships

Total Internships: 337

Featured Research

The Color Complex

KHE student Vida Nwadiei joined three undergraduates from other colleges on campus to compete in the inaugural university-wide program, the President’s Award for Global Learning. Nwadiei studied the effects that colorism has on people in Ghana. Colorism is a social hierarchy that says more European a person looks, the more acceptable they are to their community. 

Nwadiei and her team compared experiences of colorism faced by UT Austin and Ghanaian students. They explored the trends of using bleaching creams on the skin, which can have harmful health effects. Their team planned to use their findings to create an educational campaign to warn people about the dangers of skin bleaching.


The Power of Prediction

The Health & Integrative Physiology (HIP) Lab focuses on identifying biomarkers that can predict those at increased risk for these diseases or those individuals more likely to progress to serious complications.

How Many Concussions Are Too Many?

It turns out that asking how many concussions are too many isn’t the right question to ask, because it may not be the right way to think about how and to whom traumatic brain injuries cause damage.

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.

E-cigarettes and Youth Discovery Minute

Join Professor Alexandra Loukas as she discusses the alarming jump in e-cigarette use within the past year among high school and middle school age students.

How to Shop for a Healthier You

These quick research-based tutorials can help guide you and ensure that your next grocery store run leads to a healthier diet.

Paying Student Athletes, PyeongChang 2018, and Olympic Bidding

Tolga Ozyurtcu joins Talking Eds to discuss topics related to paying student athletes, and what that could mean for collegiate athletics. They also share thoughts on the benefits that bidding for the Olympics can bring to a city.

Sport Management Creates Unique Partnership with Austin FC

Austin FC joins Major League Soccer as Austin’s first professional sports franchise. Students in the Sport Management program partnered with Austin FC executives to build a fanbase, pitch sponsorship campaigns, and learn from professionals in the sport field. 

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Fullsterkur (trans. Full Strength) explores the vibrant culture and history of heavy stone lifting in Iceland.

Stark Center directors Jan and Terry Todd have worked as historical experts and producers of a series of historical documentaries about strength. Fullsterkur was selected as a “Marquee Feature” for the 2018 Austin Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Alderson Lecture Series

This year marked the 38th annual Alderson Lecture and Award celebration. This ceremony honors graduate and undergraduate students who have received awards and scholarships. 

The new dean of the College of Education, Charles Martinez, Jr., was the keynote speaker. He gave his talk titled “New Directions for Eliminating Behavioral Health and Education Disparities Among Latino Families and Children in the U.S. and Abroad.”

McCraw Lecture Series

This monthly 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.

2018-2019 Lectures

September Bill Kohl, John Bartholomew, Ed Coyle, and Darla Castelli, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin
“Physical Inactivity: It Takes a ‘Village’ to Understand It”
October Jennifer L. Temple, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director, Nutrition and Health Research Laboratory, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, University of Buffalo
“Caffeinated Kids: The Impact of caffeine on physiology and behavior in adolescents”
January Liesl Nydegger, Julie Maslowsky, Miguel Pinedo, and Keryn Pasch, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin
“Health Disparities in Texas: Preparing KHE Students in a Changing State”
April Roger Farrar, Ph.D. Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin “Muscle Macrophages: Not Just for Clean up, But Necessary for Repair”

Our Faculty

These faculty were employed during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Tenure/Tenure Track

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

Research Faculty

Robin D Atwood
Steven E Kornguth
Michelle Harrison
Harold Willis Kohl

Non-Tenure Track/Teaching

Melva N Avalos
Kimberly A Beckwith
Matthew Bowers
Lynne J Bryant
Pamela S Buchanan
Brittany N Crim
Don S Crowley
Nicholas M Enge
Brian K Farr
Erik Gnagy
Corey M Hannah
Esbelle M Jowers
Darren David Kelly
Lara Latimer
Cecil Wayne Lee
Nicole Kristen McLagan
Tolga Ozyurtcu
Geoff B Rich
Mandy M Salinas
Michael T Sanders
Darla Smith
Emily Sparvero
Carol J Spaulding
Dixie Stanforth
Philip R Stanforth
Deane Swanson
Galia I Tzvetkov
Rachel Marie Watson
San Yoon

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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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