Feb 25, 2024  
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog 
    
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog

Division of Kinesiology and Health


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Corbett Building, (307) 766‑5284
FAX: (307) 766-4098
Web site: www.uwyo.edu/kandh
Director: Derek Smith

Professors:

TAMI BENHAM DEAL, B.S. Indiana University 1981; M.S. 1988; P.E.D. 1989; Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2012.

CHRISTINE M. PORTER, B.S. University of Maryland 1993; M.A. University of London 2002; Ph.D. Cornell University 2010; Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2021, 2016, 2010.

TRISTAN WALLHEAD, B.S. Loughborough University 1994; M.S. Leeds Metropolitan University 2000; Ph.D. Ohio State University 2004; Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2017, 2010, 2004.

QIN ZHU, B.S. Shanghai University of Sports 1999; M.Ed. 2002; Ph.D. Indiana University 2008; Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2020, 2014, 2008.

BOYI DAI, B.Ed. Beijing Sport University 2007; M.S. Iowa State University 2009; Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2012; Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2022, 2017, 2012.

BRYANT SMALLEY, B.S. Georgia Southern University 2002; M.S. Nova Southeastern University 2005; PhD Nova Southeastern University 2010.

JACOB WARREN, B.S. Georgia Southern University 2003; M.B.A. Georgia Southern University 2016, PhD Miami School of Medicine 2006

Associate Professors:

EVAN C. JOHNSON, B.A. The George Washington University 2004; M.A. University of Connecticut 2008; Ph.D. 2014; Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2020, 2015.

DEREK SMITH, B.S. Colorado State University 1997; M.S. Wake Forest University 1999; Ph.D. University of Colorado 2003; Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2009, 2003.

Assistant Professors:

DANIELLE BRUNS, B.S. Linfield College-McMinnville 2008; M.S. Colorado State University 2010; Ph.D. 2013; Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2018.

BEN KERN, B.A. Western Colorado University 1999; M.A. Adams State University 2002; Ph.D. University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign 2017; Assistant Professor Kinesiology and Health 2020.

EMILY E. SCHMITT, B.S. Elon University 2007; M.S. University of North Carolina at Charlotte 2009; Ph.D. Texas A&M University 2015; Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2018.

KELLY SIMONTON, B.S. University of Wyoming 2014; M.S. Louisiana State University 2016; Ph.D. Louisiana State University 2018; Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health 2021.

Senior Lecturers:

MARCI SMITH, B.S. Colorado State University 1995; M.S. Wake Forest University 1998; Senior Lecturer in Kinesiology and Health 2015, 2003.

Assistant Lecturers: 

LACEY GAECHTER, B.A. University of Colorado 2004; M.S. University of Wyoming 2016; Assistant Lecturer in Kinesiology and Health 2021

SANDY GOHEEN-SMITH, B.S. Montana State University, Billings 1995; M.S. University of Wyoming 2015.

JACOB LAYER, B.A. Capital University 2015; M.S. University of Wyoming 2017  

ALISA SICELOFF, VMD University of Pennsylvania 1997, Assistant Lecturer in Kinesiology and Health 2021

ANGELA SIMONTON, B.S. University of Wyoming 2014; M.S. Louisiana State University 2016.

Adjunct Faculty:

MIKE COTTERMAN, SHANE TWEETER, GRETCHEN SEWCZAK-CLAUDE

Professors Emeriti:

Paul Dunham, Ward Gates, Charles W. Huff, Donna Marburger, D. Paul Thomas, Mark Byra, Jayne Jenkins


The Division of Kinesiology and Health offers the Kinesiology and Health (K&H) major and the Physical Education Teacher Education (PHET) major. These two majors prepare students for a variety of clinical and nonclinical settings including teaching physical and health education in schools K-12. Students enrolled in these programs must meet academic standards as determined by the Division of Kinesiology and Health, College of Health Sciences, and the University of Wyoming.

The K&H major prepares students for admission to physical therapy school and occupational therapy school, as well as other health professions (e.g., physician, physician assistant, dentist, chiropractor, optometrist, etc.). Approximately 60% of students majoring in K&H apply to one of these health professional schools once they have completed their B.S. degree in Kinesiology and Health. Other students majoring in training, fitness, recreation and leisure, and community and public health enter a very diverse job market.

The PHET program prepares students to teach physical and health education (PHET) in K-12 schools. The PHET major is a nationally recognized program for meeting the AAQEP/NASPE Initial Physical Education Teacher Education Accreditation Standards. This program offers individuals opportunity to combine certifications/endorsements in health education K-12, adapted physical education K-12, and coaching.

A graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health is offered by the Division.

Professional Program

Students who meet University of Wyoming entry requirements are admitted to the university in one of the two undergraduate majors that leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. The Division’s undergraduate majors are open at the freshman level to all graduates of accredited high schools. Advanced placement for students with previous college credit is based on evaluation of transcripts of previous academic work.

Students in the Kinesiology & Health (K&H) program are ready to move forward in the junior year of the program when they complete the pre-requisite requirements to enroll in KIN 3021  and KIN 3022 , Physiology of Exercise lecture and laboratory. To be eligible for the K&H Professional Program (junior/senior years), students must have completed all program course prerequisites and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.750, preferred GPA of 3.000. Advancement in the K&H Professional Program is complete once prerequisite criteria is met.

The entry course for admission to the Physical Education Teacher Education (PHET) program is KIN 3012 - Teaching Laboratory I . To be eligible, for the PHET professional program, students must have completed all program course prerequisites and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.750, preferred GPA of 3.000. Admission to the last two years of the PHET major is a competitive process and is only conducted for Fall semester. Application to the PHET majors is conducted only for fall. The application deadline is early April.

Undergraduate Majors

Kinesiology and Health Promotion, B.S.  

Physical Education Teacher Education K-12, B.S.  

Additional School Endorsments K-12

Adapted Physical Education K-12 Endorsement  

School Health Education K-12 Endorsement (For Physical Education Teacher Education Majors)  

Affiliated Options

The Division of Kinesiology and Health offers two options for the general undergraduate population. They require course work beyond degree requirements.

Athletic Coaching Endorsement / Permit  

School Health Education K-12 Endorsement (For non-Physical Education Teacher Education Majors)  

Graduate Study

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Admissions into the M.S. degree program are open to people who have obtained an undergraduate degree with a major program of study in exercise and sport science, health, kinesiology, physical education, or other areas in human movement sciences. Students who have undergraduate degrees in other areas may be required to complete additional courses, including Human Anatomy, Human System Physiology, Exercise Physiology, and other Kinesiology and Health classes recommended by the advisor. Individuals interested in applying are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Boyi Dai (bdai@uwyo.edu), for more information.

In order to apply, please submit the following via the University of Wyoming’s online application system (www.uwyo.edu/admissions/apply.html): K&H supplemental application, transcripts, statement of intent, a sample of professional writing, and three letters of recommendation. Applications must be submitted no later than February 1 to be considered for Fall admission; Spring admissions are also considered on a case-by-case basis. More information about the application can be found on the Division’s website (http://www.uwyo.edu/kandh/future-graduate/graduate-application.html).

A minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA is also necessary for admission. GRE scores are not required for admission or graduate assistantship consideration but can be submitted to enhance the application. International students who are not native English speakers are required to provide proof of English proficiency: http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/international/requirements-graduate.html. If an international applicant wishes to be considered for Graduate Assistantship funding, the applicant should also meet additional English proficiency requirements.

Please see the Graduate Admissions and Graduate Student Regulations and Polices in the front section of the UW Catalog for more information.

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Teaching opportunities exist within the laboratory portions of the human anatomy and Kinesiology and Health courses and the teaching laboratory portions of the pedagogy practical courses. A graduate assistantship also involves some research opportunities with assigned graduate faculty advisors.

A stipend for a full-time graduate assistant is $12,825.00 per academic year. Tuition and fees are covered according to the percentage of assistantship allocated to the student.

Program Specific Degree Requirements Master’s Programs

Kinesiology and Health, Exercise and Sport Science Emphasis, M.S.   Plan A (thesis)

Kinesiology and Health, Health Emphasis, M.S.  Plan A (thesis)

Kinesiology and Health, Physical Education Teacher Education Emphasis, M.S.   Plan A (thesis)

Kinesiology and Health, M.S.   Plan B (paper and experiential learning option)

Kinesiology and Health Distance Education, M.S.   Plan B (paper)

 

Programs

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    Courses

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