Chair’s Welcome

Chad McEvoy
Chad McEvoy

Greetings from DeKalb!

If you’ve ever wondered what the Olympics, the Chicago Bulls and the Abominable Snow Race have in common, the answer is simple: The NIU Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Our programs and people in Anderson Hall are involved in many exciting initiatives this year, so we hope that this newsletter gives you a feel for some of these projects and events.

You’ll also see below some brief updates on all of our academic programs.

Finally, If you are able to support our programs financially, please consider designating a gift to KNPE at

Please also stay in touch with us online at, and feel free to reach out to me anytime at

Best Regards,

Chad McEvoy

KNPE Program Updates

We offer three bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees to approximately 600 students in KNPE. Here are some quick updates on our degree programs:

Athletic Training (B.S.)

  • Three faculty and a group of students attended and presented at the regional athletic training meeting, the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association, in March.
  • Our student organization, Northern Illinois Athletic Training Student Association (NIATSA), is hosting its ninth annual golf outing, which raises funds for students to attend conferences and professional events, on Saturday, April 28 at River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb. For information about participating or supporting our students, please contact Dr. Jessica Martinez at

Kinesiology (B.S.)

  • KNPE recently established its first-ever 2+2 cooperative agreement with a community college, Rock Valley College in Rockford. As part of the agreement, Rock Valley students will be able to seamlessly compete their associate’s degree in exercise science and, subsequently, their bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, in four years. More information to come about this exciting program.
  • As you can read about in this newsletter, Kinesiology students participated in the Abominable Snow Race obstacle course event in January, and another group of students is spending a week this May in Colorado Springs at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Physical Education (B.S.Ed.)

  • Five faculty and one student presented at the SHAPE America conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Dr. Zach Wahl-Alexander is working with an undergraduate student from the Department of Computer Science, as part of NIU’s Research Rookies program to encourage student involvement in research. The project involves developing a virtual reality tool to help students visualize themselves teaching lessons in elementary school settings prior to actually teaching the lesson in person.

Graduate Programs: Kinesiology and Physical Education (M.S.Ed.) and Sport Management (M.S.)

  • Four leading scholars from other institutions will visit KNPE this spring as part of the NIU Graduate School’s colloquium program. Bringing in these top faculty from across the country allows our students to learn from the very best in their fields of study, while also enhancing the research agenda and profile of our programs. Visiting scholars this semester include Dr. Jordan Bass of the University of Kansas (sport management), Dr. Travis Dorsch from Utah State University (sport psychology), Dr. Nels Popp of the University of North Carolina (sport management) and Dr. Kevin Richards from the University of Alabama (physical education).
  • Four sport management master’s students travelled to the Mount Union Sport Sales Workshop in February, hosted at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ facilities. In addition to learning sport sales strategies and techniques from nationally known experts, all four students had the opportunity to interview for jobs with professional sports franchises. More information to come in our next newsletter!
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