National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education

2024 Department Head Certification Training

July 10 - 12, 2024

University of Alabama in Huntsville

The DHCT is held alternate years in conjunction with the Leadership Development Workshop (LDW). This year's LDW is July 10 - 12, 2024 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Please Note:

  • Application for the DHCT is required. 
  • DHCT attendees must register for both the DHCT and the LDW.

Click here to go to the LDW webpage.

2024 DHCT Registration Fees

Fee   Cost
Member Registered by 5/1/2024   $120
Member Registered after 5/1/2024   $150
Registration Closes 7/1/2024    

Hotel Information

AC Hotel Huntsville Downtown
435 Williams Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256-836-7776

NAKHE Room Block Rate Available: Wednesday, July 10, 2024 - Thursday, July 12, 2024
Group Reservation Rate: $189.00
Reservations must be received by June 19, 2024.
After that, reservations will be taken only on a space-available basis.
If you do not not wish to book via website link, please call guest services at 1 (888) 236-2427.
Parking: Complimentary

Book Your Room Rate for NAKHE's LDW & DHCT

Airport Information

For our out-of-town attendees, we would like to highlight the convenience of the Huntsville International Airport. Huntsville International Airport makes reaching our conference easy for travelers from various locations. It is located in close proximity to the University of Alabama at Huntsville. 

Airport Website

About Department Head Certification Training

NAKHE’s strategic plan clearly articulates an investment in “creating and sustaining leadership opportunities for members.” Many new department heads (DH) and other leaders have little to no training before stepping into their roles.  Similarly, there are few discipline-specific comprehensive leader training programs designed for the unique challenges faced by kinesiology administrators. Therefore, as part of its Leadership Institute, NAKHE developed a year and a half training and support program for kinesiology administrators and those aspiring to assume the role of department head. The Department Head Certification Training includes the following:

  • Self-assessment and professional/leadership goal development
  • Face-to-face training (DHCT summer workshop)
  • Attendance at the Leadership Development Workshops (LDW) following the DHCT summer workshop and the LDW the following year.
  • 18-month mentor/protégé relationship
  • Leadership project development and implementation
  • Project update presentation
  • Participation in a Panel Discussion during the Annual NAKHE Conference
  • DHCT Mentor Feedback
  • Project presentation at the NAKHE Annual Conference
  • Certificate of Completion awarded during the NAKHE Conference


Download the DHCT Application and Agreement Form

For more information about the Department Head Certification Training, contact:

Mark Tillman, 
904.256.7977 (phone)

For more information about the Leadership Development Workshop, contact:

Jeremy Elliott at or Jamie Mikell at 

For more information about the Leadership Institute, contact:

Doug Hochstetler at