The department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies at Eastern Illinois University strives to become students' first choice when deciding where to earn a degree in the areas of pedagogy, exercise science, athletic training, or sport management.
KSS faculty will empower students to become responsible and contributing members of a healthy and active community. We will broaden their perspectives, enrich their awareness, and prepare them for meaningful careers within a global society.
The KSS department has developed a unique partnership with the University of Winchester in Winchester, England. The Study Abroad trip includes a two-week residency on the quaint and friendly University of Winchester campus, students will study current management issues & challenges facing UK sport industry professionals in popular UK sports such as soccer (football), rugby, cricket, & tennis. On-campus study will be complemented by guest presentations by faculty at the University of Winchester and field trips to some of London's most well-known sport venues, including Wimbledon, the London Olympic Park, and Chelsea Football Club, as well as tourist points of interest in London and Southampton. For more information, click here.
Student learning in our department is not just a passive engagement. We encourage our students to learn by doing, and believe that produces the best results. While traditional methods of course delivery continue to be applicable and appropriate, we believe that student-active learning techniques promote deep engagement as students manipulate, assess, test, think critically, and move. While enhancing student learning, these opportunities also have a side benefit: they are fun! For more information on internships, click here.
KSS students are encouraged to get involved in various organizations. A good place to start is the KSS Club. This club houses the Exercise Science Club, Sport Management Club, and Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Club. Our students are also active in professional organizations, conferences, volunteer activities, and research studies. The networks that our students develop throughout our program will benefit them for future success. Please click here for more information regarding the departmental clubs.
KSS students and faculty are actively engaged in a variety of research activities. Our students may have the opportunity to assist faculty with research projects or choose to complete independent research utilizing faculty in an advisor role. Some projects may include working in the Exercise Physiology Lab to assess body composition using the Bod Pod or testing different methods of training on muscle development. Other research may include, but is not limited to, measuring VO2max or assessing vertical jump using the Vertimax.
Check out the Human Performance Lab here.
As a student within the Kinesiology and Sports Studies Department, you are eligible to apply for a number of program-specific scholarships at Eastern Illinois University. The application period for departmental scholarships is in early Spring. Scholarships are awarded during the Annual Awards Ceremony in April. Each year, the KSS department awards more than 14 scholarships to our outstanding students. For more information about the application process and criteria for each scholarship, click here .
Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. Click here for more information on this program.
The Kinesiology and Sports Studies undergraduate program in Exercise Science provides students with the scientific knowledge of the underlying principles of exercise training through instruction and practical experience.
The mission of the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Program is to graduate entry-level professional physical educators who possess a personal and professional commitment to physical education, and will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to promote learning in the area of physical education. Click here for more information on this program.
The undergraduate concentration in sport management is designed to help students develop a foundational understanding and comprehension of management concepts and principles essential to organizational success in the sport and fitness industry. Click here for more information on this program.
Dr. Lee Ann Price earned a BS in Physical Education with Athletic Training from EIU, an MS in Physical Education with Sports Administration from EIU and a EdD Curriculum & Instruction in Higher Education from Illinois State University. In addition to being the Director or the Athletic Training Education program, Dr. Price teaches KSS 2130, KSS 3142, KSS 3144 and KSS 3154.
Dr. Kattenbraker earned BS and MS degrees in exercise science from SIU & EIU respectively, and a Ph.D. degree from SIU in Health Education. Currently, Dr. Kattenbraker teaches senior level exercise science courses and co-teaches one graduate course for the Adult Fitness Program where he also serves as an associate director.
Jeffrey M. Willardson is currently an Associate Professor in the Kinesiology and Sports Studies Department at Eastern Illinois University. He teaches both Graduate and Undergraduate courses, specifically: Advanced Biomechanics of Resistance Training, Biomechanics of Human Motion, Principles of Exercise Physiology, Principles of Resistance Training, and Lifetime Fitness.
"The EIU KSS Department provided me with everything I needed to be prepared to work in the health and fitness industry. The combination of class work and hands-on learning gave me the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to achieve my career goals.”Lindsey Williamson, B.S. in Physical Education ('06), M.S. in Physical Education ('07)
“The Kinesiology and Sport Studies Department has provided me with so many wonderful learning experiences that will truly help me thrive in my career as a physical education teacher.”Kala Crotty, B.S. in Kinesiology and Sports Studies, Physical Education Teacher Certification ('16)