Leadership Institute

AKA Leadership Institute

The American Kinesiology Association (AKA) promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified field of study and advances its many applications. AKA does this by advocating for kinesiology at national and international levels, and by supporting member departments through educational opportunities and resource materials, including an annual workshop for university administrators in kinesiology. This annual AKA Leadership Workshop is widely regarded as the nation’s premiere conference for kinesiology department chairs, deans, and faculty who assist with the administration of kinesiology programs. 

Building upon the success of the AKA Leadership Workshop, we introduced the AKA Leadership Institute, in 2019. The Leadership Institute utilizes a mentoring model to provide exceptional training and networking for new department chairs, associate chairs, and emerging faculty leaders who aspire to advance toward administrative positions in the near future. This 12-month program includes: 1) group sessions held in conjunction with the annual AKA Leadership Workshop, 2) bi-monthly webinars with other fellows and a facilitator to discuss a leadership topic, and 3) bi-monthly one-on-one calls with a senior mentor to discuss a case scenario relating to the prior month webinar and to seek input on local challenges and career development. Key resource materials, often in the form of peer-review publications (i.e., Kinesiology Review, Quest, etc.) or case studies, will be provided prior to webinars and other sessions. Mentors are assigned in consultation with each fellow.

To ensure high quality programming, we limit the number of fellows to ~10 per year and maintain a ratio of no more than 2:1 fellows-to-mentors. Applications are due May 31, 2021, and application requirements are detailed below. Decisions will be finalized at the summer Executive Committee retreat (i.e., June/July), and the fellowship will officially begin each year at the AKA Leadership Workshop held at the end of January.

If you have questions, please contact AKA Leadership Institute directors Dr. Mary Rudisill (rudisme@auburn.edu) or Dr. Janet Buckworth (jb1@uga.edu). 

Watch this video for a description of the Leadership Institute.

Application Requirements

1) Cover letter detailing motivation and commitment to the fellowship, and outlining source of funding for the fellowship
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Three letters of support, including one from Dean/supervisor

Send application materials to the Business Manager (staff@americankinesiology.org) by May 31.

Costs of Program

1) $750 program fee (will be invoiced once accepted into the institute)
2) Registration/travel to the applicable pre-workshops and workshops

Click here to download the Leadership Institute Brochure.

Timeline for the AKA Class of 2022 Leadership Institute

January 12-14, 2021

Fellow Session 1
• The Discipline of Kinesiology
•  AKA Undergraduate Core Curriculum 
• Understanding national trends in kinesiology & higher education

Fellow Session 2
• University structure and unit budget models
• Personnel: Managing faculty and staff

Fellow Session 3
• Moving into a new leadership role
• General leadership characteristics, and the role of shared governance
• Legal issues and pitfalls including: FERPA, HIPAA, Free Speech, COVID-19

February 2021 - Mentor/LI Participant call/Zoom

March 2021 - Embracing Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Kinesiology

April 2021 - Mentor/LI Participant call/Zoom

May 2021 - Creating a Plan for Strategic Initiatives

June 2021 Mentor/LI Participant call/Zoom

July 2021 - Evaluating faculty, staff, and other employees - Useful tips on evaluating instruction, scholarship, service, outreach

• Bi-monthly one-on-one call w/ senior mentor (60 min)

August 2021 Mentor/LI Participant call/Zoom

September 2021 - Get the word out!  Promoting your programs and increasing your visibility

October 2021 Mentor/LI Participant call/Zoom

November 2021 - Diversity & Inclusion:  Promoting Social Justice -- Building a Climate of Inclusive Excellence

December 2021 Mentor/LI Participant call/Zoom

January 2022 - AKA Leadership Workshop - Includes recognition and certificate of fellow program completion


Click here to see the Class of 2022 Leadership Institute Fellows