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On June 21, the Board of Trustees at Auburn University approved a proposal for school designation for the Kinesiology Department.
University Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs Timothy Boosinger presented the proposal to redesignate Kinesiology as well as three other departments stating that it would be ultimately beneficial to the students to have of school on their resumes instead of their former designation as department.
In order to be upgraded to school designation, departments must meet certain criteria which include number of degree offerings, enrollment, number of faculty in positions of assistant professor or higher, a minimum number of student credit hours, and prominence within their field.
David Pascoe, Humana-Germany-Sherman distinguished professor of exercise physiology and director of the Thermal Lab in Kinesiology, stated that the designation as a school will have a wide impact. “We are ranked 22nd in the U.S. and moving up quickly among our peers,” he noted.
The growth and development of Kinesiology is marked in part by the opening of the doors to their new three-level facility which houses the department’s research laboratories and offices earlier this year.
“Designation as a school will give us the opportunity to achieve still more in terms of national and international recognition for our programs, the College of Education, Auburn University, and State of Alabama,” stated Pascoe. “We have a strong faculty and our new state of the art facility combined with the school designation will provide visibility for our research efforts, grant applications, and health science focused education and outreach.”
“The School of Kinesiology title will enhance our ability to recruit outstanding faculty, prospective students, current students, and alumni with the national and international program visibility to which they are an integral part of our continued success.”
Last Updated: Jul 25, 2013