AKA Workshops

2019 AKA Leadership Workshop & Pre-Workshop Sessions


The American Kinesiology Association will hold its 12th annual leadership workshop on January 24 -26, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. The workshop brings together over 100 kinesiology leaders, administrators, and faculty who are committed to advancing our discipline as a unified field of study. The workshop provides a unique opportunity to network with others engaged in university administration and with those who are interested in increasing their leadership knowledge and skills for effective administration of kinesiology departments. Two pre-workshop sessions will be offered prior to the AKA Leadership Workshop. Registration and hotel information are provided below.

Workshop Theme: “Hiring, Evaluating, and Retaining Kinesiology Faculty

The Leadership Workshop begins at 1:30 PM on Friday, January 25, and concludes with the AKA Banquet and Awards Recognition Ceremony on Saturday evening, January 26.  The workshop is highly interactive with small group discussions on specific topics related to the workshop theme and opportunities for networking with other kinesiology leaders, including university presidents, deans, chairs and directors, and faculty. Workshop topics include interviewing and negotiating new hires, mentoring tenure-track faculty, qualitative and quantitative approaches to determining merit pay and tenure and promotion decisions, and other topics related to hiring, evaluating, and retaining faculty. A special event will be a “fireside chat” with university presidents with academic careers in kinesiology.

In addition to the invited presentations, workshop participants are encouraged to submit proposals for poster presentations, roundtable discussions, and/or theme-focused workshop sessions. See the Call for Proposals below for information regarding presentation options and instructions for submitting  presentation proposals.

Pre-Workshop Sessions

The two pre-workshop sessions will be held concurrently from 2 to 5:30 PM on Thursday, January 24th and continuing from 8:30 AM to noon on Friday, January 25. These sessions provide for in-depth presentations and discussions on specific issues of importance to kinesiology administrators and faculty.

Registration for either pre-workshop is $150 per individual from AKA member departments. AKA membership is required to register.     

Themes for Pre-Workshop Sessions

Advising in Kinesiology: Challenges and Opportunities - Co-Chairs:  Tannah Broman (Arizona State University) and Derek Smith (University of Wyoming). This session addresses pros and cons of advising models, working within specific advising structures, the challenges of advising students with varying career interests and different curricular choices, creating seamless transitions between community colleges and 4-year institutions, and real-word complexities of advising undergraduate students. In addition to the program chairs, kinesiology advisors will provide “real-world” case studies for session participants to learn from these experiences. Administrators, faculty, and staff engaged in advising undergraduate kinesiology students are encouraged to actively contribute during this session.   

Alumni Engagement and Fundraising - Co-Chairs:  Ron Zernicke (University of Michigan) and Jane Clark (University of Maryland). Kinesiology administrators increasingly are being required to be more active in fundraising, requiring strengthening their relationships with alumni and other potential donors. This pre-workshop session will provide an exceptional opportunity to discuss and share ideas about effectively-engaging alumni and successfully raising funds for your units. During the afternoon and morning sessions, four separate panels of highly -experienced leaders, campus presidents & development officers (Thursday afternoon) and deans & department chairs (Friday morning) will each provide their collective wisdom and insights about (1) strategic planning, (2) communicating a vision, (3) prospect identification and recruitment, and (4) engaging donors, corporations and foundations.  After each panel's Q&A session (with questions from the moderators and audience), workshop participants will work in small groups to discuss specific scenarios, best practices, and lessons learned.  Members of the four panels will join in the small group discussions.  Feedback will be provided by the members of the small groups. The workshop will be  highly interactive and collaborative. 

Workshop Registration (Your department must be a member of AKA in order to register for the Annual Workshop) 

There are three options for registering for the workshop/pre-workshop:

1. Online registration AKA Leadership Workshop Online Registration
2. Paper registration form submitted by fax or mail (paper registration form)
3. Invoice emailed to you with a link to click and pay with a credit card (email Kim Scott attendee names, sessions they will attend, any meal restrictions)

This year AKA has established a registration fee structure that allows for a discount in registration when two or more from the same member department are registering for the 2019 Annual Workshop. All must be registered on the same registration form. 


Hotel Reservations

Hotel: Hilton Phoenix Airport, 2435 S. 47th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85034
here to make your hotel reservation online
Room Rates: $159 single/$169 double (breakfast included in room rate for one guest per room)
Cutoff date for room reservations: Friday, December 21, 2018
Parking: Complimentary Self-Parking for our attendees
Wi-Fi: Complimentary in guest room and meeting rooms
Transportation: Complimentary hotel shuttle to/from Phoenix International Airport


Workshop Program Committee
Jason Carter (Michigan Tech University)
Nancy Williams (Penn State University)
Michael Delp (Florida State University)
Lara Duke (Douglas College)
Joe Pujol (Southeast Missouri State University)