Pedagogical Kinesiology

The focus of the graduate study in Pedagogical Kinesiology is on the research and development of innovative approaches to K-12 physical education to help children/adolescents develop healthful living knowledge and skills. There are quite a few specific areas of study that graduate students can specialize in, depending on your own academic interest. Our Pedagogical Kinesiology Lab offers research assistantships to qualified full-time graduate students to join our NIH funded research team. The Department of Kinesiology offers teaching assistantships to qualified graduate students. The Graduate School offers fellowship to qualified graduate students on a competitive basis. You are strongly encouraged to apply for these assistantships. For more information, contact Dr. Ang Chen or Dr. Catherine Ennis.

Professor Catherine Ennis

Catherine Ennis

Education

Ph.D. 1984 : University of Georgia - Athens
Curriculum Theory and Development
M. S. 1977 : University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Measurement and Evaluation
B. S. 1975 : Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA (Magna Cum Laude)
Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Background

Dr. Ennis is a curriculum specialist. She has conducted research associated with three research programs:

  • Teachers' Values and Beliefs,
  • Student Engagement,
  • and Cognitive Conceptions.

Multiple publications are seen in prestigious journals in kinesiology, education, and other disciplines. With Dr. Chen and other colleagues, she has developed, implemented, evaluated and disseminated a science-based physical education curriculum, Science, PE & Me! which was funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) for totaling to 1.5 million dollars.

Dr. Ennis is a fellow of American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE) and is the 2010 Alliance Scholar. She was recently elected as the president of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) Research Consortium for years 2009-2012.

Professor Ang Chen

Professor Ang Chen

Education

Ph.D. 1993 : University of Maryland, College Park, USA
M. A. 1988 : Shanghai Physical Education Institute, China
B. A. 1982 : Nanjing Teachers University, China

Background

Dr. Chen specializes in learning and achievement motivation in physical education and program assessment/evaluation. His research focus has been on interest-based and value-based motivation in children and adolescents as related to participation behavior and learning outcomes in physical education.

Dr. Chen is a productive researcher who has published many empirical studies in top-tier journals. He was the co-principal investigator of the NIH funded research grant with Dr. Ennis. He was also the principal investigator of several research projects. His most recent project, Learn for Life, was conducted between 2006 and 2008 in which he and colleagues tackled the evaluation of a county uniformed physical educational curriculum.

Lauren Friedlander

Lauren Friedlander

Education

B. S. 2009 : SUNY Cortland
Physical Education Concentration in Adapted Physical Education

Background

Lauren is a 1st year master student at UNCG. Her goal in the program is to find her true passion and specialty in the physical education curriculum area and to start making a difference in that area. Lauren’s favorite sports/physical activities include swimming, triathlons, basketball, and volleyball.

Her motto is:

“I'm through accepting limits
'Cuz someone says they're so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I'll never know”
~Wicked

Deockki Hong

Deockki Hong

Education

M. S. 2008 : Korea University, South Korea
Physical Education

B. S. 2005 : Korea University, South Korea
Physical Education

Background

Deockki is a 1st year doctoral student at UNCG. He is interested in sociology of education in sport and critical pedagogy, development of alternative PE curriculum, and development of human rights educational model in sport. He aspires to contribute to transforming the sporting world to have a transparent education environment.

Before came to UNCG, Deockki worked at Sports NGO (Non Government Organization) as a general secretary for 4 years in South Korea and initiated several campaigns and structured movements to raise awareness on athletes’ human rights and for the betterment of sport culture and environment.

Jerry Loflin

Jerry Loflin

Education

M. S. 2006 : North Carolina A&T State University
Health and Physical Education

M. S. 2003 : North Carolina A&T State University
Mathematics

B. S. 1999 : Greensboro College
Physical Education and Mathematics

Background

Jerry is a 1st year doctoral student at UNCG. His goal in the program is to gain an in-depth knowledge of research design and methodology so he can seek employment at a research-oriented university. Jerry’s research interest/specialization lies in physical fitness and disease prevention in adolescents, developmental exercise physiology, and developmental motor learning.

Jonathan Mungen

Catherine Ennis

Education

M. S. 2008 : University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kinesiology

B. S. 2005 : University of Wisconsin Madison
Kinesiology: Physical Education Teacher Education

Background

Jon is a 2nd year doctoral student at UNCG. He is certified to teach K-12 PE and K-12 Adaptive PE. He enjoyed writing his master thesis “Accuracy of Pedometer-Assessed Steps/Min and Activity Time in High School Physical Education”. He was a track and field athlete at Wisconsin and loves cycling as well as the outdoors.

He appreciates the following quotes:

“What after all, has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities, and courage to advocate them” - Jane Addams

“Dissatisfaction with possession and achievement is one of the requisites to further achievement” - John Hope

“I have loved my work, I have loved people and my play, but always I have been uplifted by the thought that what I have done well will live long and justify my life, that what I have done ill or never finished can now be handed on to others for endless days to be finished, perhaps better than I could have done” - W.E.B. Du Bois