National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education

female-chair-border.pngDepartment Head Certification Training

Wednesday - Friday, July 10-12, 2024
University of Alabama in Huntsville

The face-to-face 2022 Department Head Certification Training (DHCT) workshop will be on Wednesday - Friday, July 10-12, 2024. The DHCT is held alternate years in conjunction with the Leadership Development Workshop (LDW). 

Application Information

Contact Mark Tillman at , the DHCT program coordinator or Doug Hochstetler the NAKHE Leadership Institute Chair at  if you have questions.

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
  • Participation in a Panel Discussion during the 2023 Annual NAKHE Conference - Project update presentation
  • DHCT Mentor Feedback
  • Project presentation at the 2024 NAKHE Annual Conference
  • Certificate of Completion awarded during the 2024 NAKHE Conference

Application Documents

The following documents are required as part of the application process and are due March 15th, 2024

  • A cover letter outlining the leadership roles you have held, your professional goals, and your leadership aspirations
  • A letter of nomination from an administrator in higher education
  • A current curriculum vita
  • Completed application form and a signed statement of agreement

Completed applications should be emailed in Word or PDF documents to:

Mark Tillman, PhD FACSM
Professor and Dean
Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences
Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd North
Jacksonville, FL 32211
904.256.7977 (phone)
904.256.7287 (fax)

Download the Department Head Certification Training Application Form (Word document)

DHCT participants must register for both the 2024 DHCT and the 2024 LDW Summer Workshops.

DHCT 2024 Schedule 


DHCT Registration Fees

Participation is limited to 10 attendees.
Applications submitted by NAKHE members will be given preference.

LDW Registration Fees


 NAKHE DHCT/LDW Refund Policy: 

  • 90% refund for anyone whose cancellation request arrives prior to May 15.
  • 50% refund for anyone whose cancellation request arrives between May 16 and July 1.
  • 25% refund for anyone whose cancellation arrives between July 1 and July 5.
  • 0% refund for anyone whose cancellation request arrives after July 5.