Department of Kinesiology & Outdoor Recreation

The mission of the Department of Kinesiology and Outdoor Recreation is to equip future leaders, practitioners, and scholars in Kinesiology and Outdoor Recreation to contribute to a diverse society through innovative and engaging instruction, scholarship, and professional service.

We hope that graduates from KOR degrees will

  • appreciate, apply, and teach technical, communication, and awareness skills;
  • demonstrate knowledge of rules, strategies, and appropriate behaviors for selected disciplines and physical activities which include coaching, athletic training, intramurals, and health education;
  • demonstrate competency in outdoor leadership, wilderness medicine, land management, programming and administration, and interpretation;
  • identify benefits, costs, and obligations associated with regular participation in physical activity and outdoor recreation as well as recognize the risk and safety factors associated with participation;
  • understand that wellness involves more than being physically fit and sport and leisure provide an opportunity for enjoyment, self-expression, environmental awareness, communication, and a common unifying experience that transcends social and cultural differences;
  • cherish the feelings that result from regular participation in physical activity and outdoor recreation; and
  • respect the role that regular leisure plays in the pursuit of lifelong health and happiness.

Teaching Assistantships

The Department of Kinesiology and Outdoor Recreation has limited teaching assistantships available for residential graduate students pursuing degrees in MAT. Students interested in these positions should submit a letter of interest and a current resume to

Applications need to be received by August 1.