Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation

Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation

Community, Sport, and Academic Partnerships

KHPR Sport for Youth and Community Development Partners

FundLife International, The Philippines

Sacred Sports Foundation, St. Lucia, The Caribbean

KHPR Professional Sports Business Partners

Dallas Cowboys, National Football League (as part of the UNT-Dallas Cowboys Partnership)

Dallas Griffins, Major League Rugby

KHPR Academic Partners

Institución Universitaria Escuela Nacional del Deporte, Cali, Colombia

University of Seville, Spain

East China Normal University, China

Shanghai University of Sport, China

Tongji University, Shanghai, China

KHPR Faculty International Visiting Professorships and University Board Memberships

American University in the Emirates (Dr. Jean Keller, Board Member)

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia (Dr. John Nauright, Visiting Professor)

University of Ghana (Dr. John Nauright, Visiting Professor)

University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados (Dr. John Nauright, Visiting Professor)

Doctoral Students

   

Alan Chu: Doctoral candidate (ABD)

Alan’s research interests focus on motivation in sport and exercise among adolescents and young adults using self-determination theory and 2 × 2 achievement goal theory. He is especially interested in how relatedness support from coaches, peers, and parents influence youth athletes’ sport motivation as well as the associated physical and psychological outcomes.

Hongxin Li: Third-year doctoral student

Hongxin’s research interests focus on psychosocial determinants/correlates of school-aged students’ physical activity, adolescents’ physical activity and sedentary behavior, and the economic costs of physical inactivity.

Xiaoxia Zhang: Second-year doctoral student

Xiaoxia’s research interests focus on physical education teacher education, school-based physical activity interventions, supportive environments and physical activity promotion for individuals with and without disabilities.

JoonYoung Lee

JoonYoung Lee: Second-year doctoral student

JoonYoung's research interests focus on youth physical activity and health, and how physical literacy influence school-aged children's well-being and quality of life. Additionally, he is also interested in how supportive physical activity environments predict children's motivation to be healthy and physically active.

 

Sport and Event Management Laboratory

Sport and Event Management Laboratory
Sport and Event Management Laboratory

 

Sport and Event Management Laboratory

 

Sport and Event Management Laboratory

 

Sport and Event Management Laboratory

 

The Sport and Event Management Research Lab at the University of North Texas brings together leading UNT and global scholars to examine the impact of sport and events on society and the economy. Co-directed by Professor John Nauright and Dr Young-Hoon Kim, the Lab has and is contributing to global industry and critical research on topics such as: the global expansion, impact and retention issues in ice hockey and soccer; the impact of events and facilities internationally and in the DFW Metroplex; coaching and administration in sport; youth sport development and sport for development and peace; gender, race and class issues in sport; sport marketing; and sport operations.

Co-Directors

Dr. John Nauright
Dr. Young Hoon Kim

Lab Members

Dr. John Collins
Dr. Calvin Nite
Dr. Minhong Kim
Dr. Briton Hagan

PhD/MS Research Students

Hongxin Li
Sandy Nguyen
Zachary Beldon
Quinny Truong
Samuel Nabors
Chad Morgan
Caitlin Essex

Location

UNT - Denton
UNT - New College at Frisco

Industry Collaborations and Links

Research Labs

The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation fosters cutting-edge research toward an in depth understanding of the nature and functioning of human beings in their physical, health, and leisure behaviors and the programs which facilitate the enhanced quality of life.

Applied Physiology Laboratory Applied Physiology Lab Logo
Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory Physical Activity Laboratory

Sport and Event Management Lab
 
 

Department Chair's Welcome

Dr. Nauright

Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation at the University of North Texas. We hope you will join fantastic team where you will be part of our world-class research and academic programs. We offer undergraduate majors in kinesiology, health promotion, public health, and recreation, event and sport management and a BBA in sport management at UNT’s New College in Frisco. We offer MS programs in kinesiology and recreation, event and sport management, an interdisciplinary MS in data science (sport performance analytics or sport marketing analytics concentrations) and a MBA in sport and event management at UNT’s New College in Frisco which is known as “Sports City USA.” Our collaborative PhD programs give students opportunities to specialize in exercise physiology, psychosocial aspects of exercise and sport, sport pedagogy and motor behavior, or sport management.

Whether in Denton or Frisco our department is connected with leading local and global sports brands. UNT is the official academic partner of the Dallas Cowboys; the department is sport science and marketing partner of the Dallas Griffins of Major League Rugby; and our Applied Physiology Lab has been designated as the first International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) Collaborating Center based in the USA or Canada which connects us to the International Olympic Movement and allows us to be the only USA university lab with rights to display the Olympic Rings. One of our lab co-directors is also an Olympian as well as being one of UNT Regent’s Professors. Our new Sport and Event Management Lab is the home of the World in Union: Rugby Research Network and part of the World (Ice) Hockey Forum. We partner with the Department of Psychology in the Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence, the sport psychology provider of the WNBA Dallas Wings.

Our students have interned with leading sports organizations including: the Dallas Cowboys; FC Dallas; the Dallas Stars; Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation; Oklahoma City Thunder; Liverpool FC; Dallas Griffins and Major League Rugby and major sports product companies. Recent graduates are working in major sports and fitness organizations, medical and health fields, and in leading sport businesses including in the NFL and NBA.

Our faculty come from across the USA and around the globe bringing you high quality sports, fitness and health education you cannot find elsewhere. KHPR at UNT is globally connected with research and study links in Shanghai, China; Dubai and Qatar in the Middle East; Belize, Barbados, and St. Lucia in the Caribbean; Ghana and South Africa in Africa; Australia and New Zealand; the United Kingdom; Austria; Denmark and Russia. We are also developing possibilities for sports science students in kinesiology to visit the Sub2Hour Marathon Project field lab in Ethiopia to work with elite distance runners trying to break the two-hour barrier in the men’s marathon. Our reach extends well beyond Denton and Frisco.

It is an exciting time to be at UNT and to be involved with all facets of sport and fitness performance and innovation. We look forward to seeing you in Denton or Frisco and to sharing our passion for sport, recreation, fitness and health.

John Nauright, PhD
Chair and Professor
Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation

Graduate Programs

Graduate degrees specializing in Sport Pedagogy prepare candidates for successful careers as scholars, leaders, and teachers in a variety of higher educational settings, and leaders, teachers or coaches in physical education and physical activity programs.

The Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory is always looking for self-motivated, well-qualified graduate students interested in Sport Pedagogy. We are offering Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in sport pedagogy (See http://www.coe.unt.edu/kinesiology-health-promotion-and-recreation/kinesiology-programs#masters), and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology with a concentration in sport pedagogy (collaborative doctoral degree program; see https://www.coe.unt.edu/educational-psychology/graduate-programs/sport-pedagogy). Due to the structure and size of this collaborative doctoral degree program, we only consider a limited number of applicants each year.

If you are currently holding a bachelor's degree, you can start your graduate study with our Master of Science degree program. Graduates from the Master of Science degree program can choose to pursue their career full time after graduation. If your goal is to pursue a career in higher education, you are strongly encouraged to go on to enroll in our Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology with a concentration in sport pedagogy in order to ensure the continuation of your education efficiently and maximize your own potentials.

Seeking Master’s Degree with a Teaching Licensure

Master of Science students have the option to seek the initial Texas teaching licensure in physical education alongside the Master of Science degree. Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree in disciplines such as Kinesiology or education.

Seeking Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree

Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in sport pedagogy, and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology with a concentration in sport pedagogy focus on the research and development of innovative approaches to P-12 physical activity/education that help school-aged children acquire health-related knowledge and skills. The Master of Science degree in Kinesiology is ideal for students who wish to continue their education in a doctoral program. The Ph.D. degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in sport pedagogy prepares students to become university faculty. Our Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory faculty provide students with individualized mentorship through progressive milestones towards degree.

Financial Assistantship and Fellowship

The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation offers teaching fellowships to qualified graduate students (see http://www.coe.unt.edu/kinesiology-health-promotion-and-recreation/resources/teaching-fellowships). Please email Dr. Tao Zhang at Tao.Zhang@unt.edu or Ms. Kim Baker at Kim.Baker@unt.edu if you have questions about completing the application form. The Graduate School offers Robert Toulouse fellowship to qualified graduate students on a very competitive basis. Our Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory may (subject to funding availability) offers research assistantships to qualified full-time graduate students to assist in funded research projects. You are strongly encouraged to apply for these assistantships.

Potential applicants should submit application materials (GRE scores, personal statement, resume or curriculum vita, letters of support, unofficial transcripts, etc.) as soon as possible to make sure all possible opportunities are available to you (e.g., university fellowship, department teaching fellowship, etc.). If English is not your native language, you are required to provide TOEFL or IETLS scores to demonstrate your mastery of the English language for graduate studies. You can find detailed application information and admission criteria at the UNT Graduate School website.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate students interested in completing research within the field of Sport Pedagogy are advised to contact Dr. Tao Zhang at Tao.Zhang@unt.edu for information regarding research opportunities within the Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory. The Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory requires undergraduate students to commit to at least one semester within the laboratory. However, longer commitments to the lab are favored. Undergraduate students brought on as an assistant within the Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory will aid in ongoing research projects and are encouraged to develop their own research ideas. If you are interested in joining our Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory as a student researcher and plan to apply for the graduate programs in the near future, please contact us as early as possible. We look forward to your contribution to the success of our programs.

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Professional Links

Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation
https://www.coe.unt.edu/kinesiology-health-promotion-and-recreation

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
http://www.nih.gov

Department of Education
http://www.ed.gov/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
http://www.cdc.gov

SHAPE America
http://www.shapeamerica.org/

American College of Sport Medicine
http://www.acsm.org/

American Educational Research Association
http://www.aera.net/

Society of Behavioral Medicine
http://www.sbm.org/

The International Society for Physical Activity and Health
http://www.ispah.org/

Institute of Medicine
http://www.iom.edu/

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
http://www.rwjf.org/

Active Living Research
http://www.activelivingresearch.org/

National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
http://www.ncppa.org/

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
http://www.fitness.gov/

Safe Routes: National Center for Safe Routes to School
http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/

International Engagement

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory
Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory International Engagement

 

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory International Engagement

 

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory International Engagement

 

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory International Engagement

 

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory International Engagement

 

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory International Engagement

 

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory International Engagement

 

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory International Engagement

 

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory International Engagement

 

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory International Engagement

 

Our Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory has had extensive international exchanges and engagements with Shanghai universities in China for the past 5 years, including Shanghai University of Sport, East China Normal University, Tongji University, and Shanghai University. Through our Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory, all involved universities focused on the development of collaborative curriculum and research projects, the exchange of research and teaching personnel, the exchange of students, the organization of joint academic and scientific activities, and the exchange of publications and other materials of common interest.

We think our international outreach program benefits both UNT and Shanghai universities in China. In summary, our international outreach program:

  • Expanded UNT faculty's knowledge base in teaching and research. UNT's faculty can use these new knowledge and skills to create an innovative curriculum with international foci to students at UNT

  • Enhanced and promoted faculty research strengths and promote student-centered education and research at UNT

  • Helped UNT develop international partnership with prestigious universities and expanded UNT's visibility and reputation in China

  • Provided a good opportunity to increase UNT's linkages with China, and provide ample potential opportunities on mutually beneficial teaching, research, and graduate student recruitment areas, which is aligned with the UNT's goals of "fostering outreach and partnerships" and "internationalization"

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Visiting Scholars

Yujiao Hu: East China Normal University

Research interests: Physical education teacher education, preservice-teacher’s professional development

Qiang Guo: East China Normal University

Research interests: Health promotion for children and adolescent with a particular emphasis on physical activity and health-related fitness assessment, and obesity prevention

Henyong Xu: Jiangsu University of Science & Technology

Research interests: Youth physical activity and health, teaching effectiveness in physical education

Jiqiang Wang: Shanghai University of Sport

Research interests: Coaching effectiveness, Coaching education, achievement motivation in sport and physical activity

Junyi He: Shanghai University of Sport

Research interests: achievement motivation and youth sport, sport coaching and management 

Facilities and Equipment

Sport Pedagogy Lab
Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory Facilities

 

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory Facilities

 

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory Facilities

 

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory Facilities

 

The Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory is equipped with a variety of tools and equipment including Active Video Game systems (Wii Sport, Wii Fit, Dance Dance Revolution, etc.), Pediatric Exercise Ergometer, Pediatric Table, Pedometers, Polar Heart Rate Monitors, Actical Accelerometers, Weight Scales, FITNESSGRAM Testing Kit, Motor Skill Testing Kit, Skinfold Calipers, DV Camcorders, Digital Cameras, Stopwatches, Micro-cassette Transcriber, Observa Software, and Portable LCD Projector.

Lab activities include qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection, intervention development and design, evaluation of intervention outcomes and processes, and data analysis. A number of software packages are housed in the laboratory and used for research, teaching and service in sport pedagogy and motor behavior. These are installed on a network of computers to facilitate data processing and analyses; for example SPSS, SAS, HLM, and SEM for statistical analyses, as well as the software for management of scientific references.

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