Texas Tech University

Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management Strategic Plan (2018 - 2025)

Vision Statement

The Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management will be a national leader in undergraduate programs in kinesiology and sport management and graduate programs in kinesiology, sport management, and exercise physiology.

Mission Statement

Provide high quality, research-based, and applied educational programs preparing leaders in the fields of kinesiology, sport management, and exercise physiology.

TTU Strategic Priority: Educate and Empower a Diverse Student Body

Department Strategies Aligned with the College of Arts and Sciences' Strategic Plan

• Increase undergraduate students to 50% minorities by 2025 and maintain this level of diversity.

• Increase graduate students to 60% minorities by 2025 and maintain this level of diversity.

• Reduce the percentage of undergraduate majors in kinesiology and in sport management placed on departmental probation for not maintaining the required grade point average to a maximum of 5% each semester.

• Reduce the percentage of undergraduate majors in kinesiology and in sport management placed on departmental suspension for not maintaining the required grade point average in the second consecutive semester to a maximum of 2% each semester.

• Increase the grade point average for kinesiology and sport management majors to 2.75 in the fall of 2020.

• Engage every undergraduate major in an internship, service learning course, job shadowing activity, research experience or project, or other transformative learning experience by 2025.

• Create and sustain a study abroad program.

• Conduct a speaker series about careers, with one kinesiology speaker and one sport management speaker annually.

• Increase by 2% annually, with assistance of advisers, the number of undergraduate kinesiology and sport management students who enroll in 15 credit hours each fall and spring semester.

• Develop an increased number (such as 1-3) of online courses annually in kinesiology and in sport management.

• Increase retention rate of undergraduate students to 90% after year 1 and 85% after year 2.

• Increase graduation rates of undergraduate students to 70% after 4 years and 72% after 6 years.

• Increase and maintain retention and graduation rates of graduate students above 95%.

Other Department Strategies

• Maintain the number of kinesiology undergraduate majors between 1200-1300 by 2025.

• Increase the number of sport management undergraduate majors to 500 by 2025.

• Increase annually and incrementally master's degree student enrollment to 50 master's degree students in kinesiology and 62 master's degree students in sport management by 2025.

• Increase doctoral student enrollment to 18 by 2025.

• Attain and maintain a 90% graduation rate of doctoral students over 4-5 years by 2025.

• Reduce the undergraduate class sizes from 45:1 to 40:1 in all courses for majors in kinesiology and sport management by 2025.

• Reduce the master degree class sizes from 25:1 to 15:1 by 2025.

• Increase the number of faculty in kinesiology and sport management proportionately to enable the department to achieve these class sizes.

• Participate in two institutional undergraduate student recruitment events annually.

• Participate in one institutional graduate student recruitment event annually.

• Maintain and expand the alumni tracking system and involve graduates in the recruitment of new students.

• Review and revise, as needed, the annual merit criteria for all tenure-track and continuing appointment faculty to ensure congruency between expectations and rewards in teaching.

• Nominate at least two faculty members for TTU teaching awards annually, with the lead taken by the Recognitions Committee.

TTU Strategic Priority: Enable Innovative Research and Creative Activities

Department Strategies Aligned with the College of Arts and Sciences' Strategic Plan

• Increase and maintain the median number of peer reviewed publications for tenure-track faculty members to 5.0 annually and maintain the expectation of an average of one or two publications annually for each tenure-track faculty member.

• Revise promotion and tenure requirements to establish the standard of scholarly productivity for each tenure-track faculty member to publish peer-reviewed, scholarly articles in mid-tier or top-tier journals by discipline annually.

• Expect each tenure-track faculty member to obtain one external grant appropriate to his or her discipline by 2021 and another external grant by 2025 with the overall departmental goal of receiving $500,000 in external grant funding annually by 2021 and $600,000 in external grant funding annually by 2025.

• Provide funding of up to $200 to undergraduate students working with faculty mentors for research projects associated with independent studies resulting in presentations at professional conferences and/or co-authored publications.

• Provide funding of up to $400 for master's degree students and $500 for doctoral students for research projects associated with independent studies working with faculty mentors resulting in presentations at professional conferences and/or co-authored articles submitted for publication.

Other Department Strategies

• Review and revise, as needed, the annual merit criteria for all tenure-track and continuing appointment faculty to ensure congruency between expectations and rewards in research.

• Provide financial incentives to each principal investigator on externally funded grants through return of F&A overhead cost recovery dollars.

• Reward faculty with one-time, single course reduction for an externally funded research collaboration with a private sector partner or researcher at a TTU System institution.

• Increase by 10% annually the number of grant submissions that involve an inter-disciplinary team of researchers external to the department.

• Renovate room 109 to increase the number of research labs and provide office spaces for doctoral students.

• Conduct at least one annual sport management event and advertise this event extensively on the departmental webpage and via TechAnnounce.

• Nominate at least two faculty members for TTU research and scholarship awards annually, with the lead taken by the Recognitions Commit

TTU Strategic Priority: Transform Lives and Communities through Strategic Outreach and Engaged Scholarship

Department Strategies Aligned with the College of Arts and Sciences' Strategic Plan

• Assess potential for engaged scholarship and identify areas for growth.

• Document all community engagement activities on the departmental website, departmental newsletters, and faculty annual reports, such as the Exercise Is Medicine conducted by the Departmental Ambassadors.

• Encourage participation in community engagement and/or service-learning activities for all undergraduate majors and graduate students in kinesiology, sport management, and exercise physiology.

• Develop a long-term campus-community partnership by 2025.

• Increase departmental website recognition for contributions of each faculty member, staff member, and student to strategic outreach and engaged scholarship.

• Offer four designated service-learning courses annually.

• Nominate at least two faculty or staff members for strategic outreach and engaged scholarship TTU awards annually, with the lead taken by the Recognitions Committee.

TTU Strategic Priority: Transform Lives and Communities through Strategic Outreach and Engaged Scholarship

Department Strategies Aligned with the College of Arts and Sciences' Strategic Plan

• Assess potential for engaged scholarship and identify areas for growth.

• Document all community engagement activities on the departmental website, departmental newsletters, and faculty annual reports, such as the Exercise Is Medicine conducted by the Departmental Ambassadors.

• Encourage participation in community engagement and/or service-learning activities for all undergraduate majors and graduate students in kinesiology, sport management, and exercise physiology.

• Develop a long-term campus-community partnership by 2025.

• Increase departmental website recognition for contributions of each faculty member, staff member, and student to strategic outreach and engaged scholarship.

• Offer four designated service-learning courses annually.

• Nominate at least two faculty or staff members for strategic outreach and engaged scholarship TTU awards annually, with the lead taken by the Recognitions Committee.

Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management

  • Address

    Box 43011, Texas Tech University, 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409
  • Phone

    806.742.3371