A Message From Our President

Dear NAKHE Colleague,

It’s hard to believe it’s been eight weeks since the 2014 NAKHE Congress.  Perhaps it’s the times, or perhaps it’s just me, but it seems that Spring Break arrives little sooner each year.  So before any more time slips away we should begin planning for NAKHE’S next events, the 2014 Leader Development Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, and the 2015 Annual Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida.  They will both be here soon!

Before we begin planning, though, we should note the wonderful success that the NAKHE Congress was in San Diego.  The planning was superb, the weather cooperated, the presentations were outstanding, and we had a record turnout.  We are in great financial shape thanks to our relationship with Taylor & Francis, publisher of Quest.  NAKHE members seem to have a good sense of what NAKHE does for them, and I’d like to thank all of you – too many to list here – who volunteer regularly to make NAKHE a great organization.  Know that I will be calling on you soon to help out in our many projects and committees – thank you in advance for your help.

My first call to all of you is to invite you to participate in the NAKHE Strategic Planning Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 8, 2014, at Georgia State University.  This effort will firm up what many of you know:  NAKHE is THE mentoring and networking organization in kinesiology in higher education, and the strategic planning workshop will be both an opportunity to engage in the mentoring and networking process as well as to plan NAKHE’s next steps to spread this opportunity to new colleagues throughout the United States and beyond.  

The Strategic Planning Workshop will be followed immediately by the Leader Development Workshop (LDW) on July 9 and 10.  This will be the fifth year of the LDW, and it’s theme will be on the processes of marketing kinesiology programs on our campuses and in our communities.  The association of strategic planning and marketing is a logical one, and focusing on these two tasks is right in line with what NAKHE is and does.

I’d like to provide one last thought for you in this email:  because of our good fortune – and hard work - NAKHE is now in a position to provide new opportunities to NAKHE members.  NAKHE has offered doctoral students opportunities to earn recognition and support with the Jody Davenport Doctoral Student Presentation at the annual conference.  Similarly, NAKHE sponsors its annual Young Scholar Award at the annual conference, an opportunity for assistant professors to earn peer-reviewed recognition for their scholarship in a national forum.  The next step, it would seem, would be to support associate professors in their quest to earn promotion to the rank of professor.  

NAKHE is pleased to announce an annual award process titled the Engaged Scholar Program.  The details of this program are attached to this email, but in short this program will provide funding to an associate professor interested in working with an established senior scholar in their area of study.  I know of no similar program in the country, and NAKHE will sponsor three of these collaborations in 2014.  I hope you are interested in this program – review of applications will begin April 1, 2014.

Best wishes to you as you wrap up your Spring term, and I hope to see you soon in Atlanta at the Strategic Planning Workshop and LDW!


Steve Estes
NAKHE President