Focused on the biological, developmental, social and behavioral bases of physical activity, recreation, sport and human performance, Kinesiology is #UMNDRIVEN to enhance the quality of human life.

Research feature

For sports fans, a favorite part of attending a sporting event may be the game or the atmosphere. However, even the most die-hard fans may be interested to know that a new study suggests that attending sports as a spectator could lead to an improvement in mental health.

Yuhei Inoue, Ph.D., assistant professor of sport management, received the Janet B. Parks NASSM Research Grant last spring from the North American Society for Sport Management for a study investigating the influence of sport spectating on promoting social connections for older adults. Dr. Inoue, together with graduate student Chris Moore presented the initial results to the Minnetonka Senior Services.

Alumni spotlight

We like to hear how our graduates are doing after they complete their studies and begin a new adventure or career. Recently we asked Joseph Warpeha, Ph.D. to tell us about life after Kinesiology and share his wisdom and advice.

Dr. Warpeha started his career at the U of M in 2003 as a doctoral student in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology. In 2008 he accepted a teaching position at the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) in Duluth and was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2015.

Our areas of study

School Leadership

Li Li Ji, PhD
Director & Professor, School of Kinesiology
Director, Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene
and Exercise Science
Bob Janoski
Administrative Director, School of Kinesiology

Program Contacts

Brandi Hoffman
Director, Physical Activity Program & CEHD Academic, Professional, and Personal Success Program
Katie Koopmeiners
Undergraduate Academic Adviser (REC, SMGT, Coaching)
Nicole LaVoi, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Sport & Exercise Psychology & Sport Sociology
Director, Coaching Program
Beth Lewis, PhD
Professor, Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity
Director, Undergraduate Studies
Colin Rogness
Undergraduate Academic Adviser (KIN)
Chelsey Thul, PhD
Honors Faculty Representative
Michael Wade, PhD
Professor, Motor Learning/Motor Development
Interim Director, Graduate Studies
Nina Wang, MS
Graduate Studies & M.Ed. Coordinator