Texas Tech University

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

Vision Statement

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

Mission Statement

Provide high quality, research-based, and applied educational programs that prepare leaders in the fields of kinesiology and sport management

Strategic Priority: Educate and empower a diverse student body

Goal 1: Advance and sustain a campus climate and culture characterized by accessibility, inclusiveness, and high academic quality.

Department Strategies

  • Maintain number of kinesiology majors at 1200.
  • Increase number of sport management majors to 500.
  • Increase master's degree student enrollment to 40 students in kinesiology and 40 students sport management by 2020 and to 45 master's degree students in kinesiology and 45 master's degree students in sport management by 2025.
  • Increase doctoral student enrollment to 24 by 2025.
  • Attain and maintain a 90% graduation rate of doctoral students over 4-5 years by 2025.
  • Increase and maintain diversity of the undergraduate student population to 50% of non-white minorities by 2025.
  • Increase and maintain diversity of the graduate student population to 50% of non-white minorities by 2025.
  • Reduce the undergraduate student-to-teacher ratio from 45:1 to 40:1 in all courses in the kinesiology and sport management majors by 2025.
  • Reduce the master degree student-to-teacher ratio to 15:1 by 2025.
  • Increase the number of faculty in kinesiology and sport management proportionately to enable the department to achieve these student-to-teacher ratios.
  • Host one undergraduate student recruitment event annually.
  • Host one graduate student recruitment event annually.
  • Maintain and expand our alumni tracking system and involve graduates in the recruitment of new students.

Goal 2: Nurture and enhance a learning environment that fosters success and wellness.

Department Strategies

  • Increase the GPA for kinesiology and sport management majors to 2.75 in the fall of 2020.
  • Increase by 2% annually, with assistance of advisers, the number of undergraduate kinesiology and sport management students who enroll in 15 credit hours per fall and spring semester.
  • Receive funding from the university to hire a fourth undergraduate adviser to support increasing enrollments.
  • Review and revise, as needed, the promotion and tenure criteria to ensure congruency between expectations and rewards in teaching.
  • 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.

Goal 3: Deliver unique and transformative learning opportunities and experiences.

Department Strategies

  • Encourage every undergraduate major to participate in an internship, service learning, job shadowing, or other transformational learning experience.
  • Offer and sustain one transformation learning opportunity for undergraduate majors annually.
  • Create and sustain a study abroad program.
  • Conduct a speaker series about careers, with one kinesiology speaker and one sport management speaker annually.

Goal 4: Increase retention and graduation rates, and placement of graduates.

Department Strategies 

  • Increase retention rate of undergraduate students to 90% after year 1, 80% after year 2, and 70% after year 3 (TTU data are 84.1%, 72.3%, and 68.8% respectively; departmental data are 88%, 72.9%, and 64.7% respectively).
  • Increase graduation rates of undergraduate students to 50% after 4 years and 70% after 6 years (TTU rates are 36.2% and 59.2% respectively; departmental data are 41.6% and 56.3% respectively).
  • Increase the annual graduation rate for kinesiology and sport management majors by 2% annually above the university's undergraduate retention rate.
  • Increase and maintain retention and graduation rates of graduate students above 95%.
  • 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.

Strategic Priority: Enable innovative research and creative activities

Goal 1: Increase the productivity and impact of research, scholarship, and creative activity that advances knowledge, benefits society, improves quality of life, and contributes to economic development.

Department Strategies 

  • Offer competitive tenure-track faculty salaries while addressing salary compression issues to attract and retain top faculty.
  • 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.
  • Encourage and support departmental faculty to increase the amount of external research funding received by 10% annually.
  • Provide financial incentives to each principal investigator on externally funded grants through return of F&A overhead cost recovery dollars.
  • Nominate at least two faculty members for TTU research and scholarship awards annually.
  • Continue to allocate up to $1,000 for tenure-track faculty peer-reviewed conference presentations and up to $1,000 for professional development for each full-time faculty member.

Goal 2: Enhance capacity and opportunities for research, scholarship, and creative activity for faculty, students, and staff.

Department Strategies 

  • Provide funding of up to $200 to undergraduate students through faculty mentors for research projects resulting in independent study or research grades of C or higher, 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 who have advanced to candidacy through faculty mentors for research projects resulting in independent study or research grades of C or higher, presentations at professional conferences, and/or co-authored publications.
  • Fund a maximum of 30 master's degree GTAs at $13,000, nine-month stipends along with tuition and fee waivers for ten credit hours each in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Fund initially five and increasing to 20 doctoral degree students with $15,000, $16,000, $17,000, and $18,000 annual stipends along with tuition and fee waivers for ten credit hours each for the fall and spring semesters and six hours in the summer by 2025.
  • Negotiate course buy-outs at $4,000 per course with faculty who receive externally funded grants.
  • 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.
  • Renovate 109 to increase the number of research labs and provide office spaces for doctoral students.
  • Increase by 10% annually the number of publications with faculty and student co-authorship.

Goal 3: Advance entrepreneurial activity, collaboration, innovation, and technology transfer.

Department Strategies 

  • Increase the percentage of tenure-track faculty members involved in an entrepreneurial activity, collaboration, innovation, or technology transfer annually.
  • Conduct at least one annual sport management event and advertise this event extensively on the departmental webpage and via TechAnnounce
  • Increase by 10% annually the number of grant submissions that involve an inter-disciplinary team of researchers that are external to the department.
  • Expand and maintain strategic collaborations and research initiatives with private sector partners.
  • Increase the percentage of faculty members in an entrepreneurial activity, collaboration, innovation, technology, or patent transfer.

Strategic Priority: Transform lives and communities through strategic outreach and engaged scholarship

Goal 1: Foster an engaged campus that recognizes outreach and engaged scholarship as an essential component of institutional activity.

Department Strategies 

  • Document all community engagement activities on the departmental website, departmental newsletters, and faculty annual reports, such as the Exercise Is Medicine conducted by Departmental Ambassadors.
  • Increase departmental website recognition for each faculty member's, staff member's, and student's contributions to strategic outreach and engaged scholarship.
  • Nominate at least two faculty or staff members for strategic outreach and engaged scholarship TTU awards annually.

Goal 2: Achieve a sustainable outreach and engaged scholarship program through diverse funding streams and long-term campus-community partnerships.

Department Strategies

  • Assign a part-time faculty member to solicit and coordinate strategic outreach and engaged scholarship activities for faculty and staff.
  • Offer an Educational and Wellness Symposium: Learn How to Live your Life Better annually.
  • Develop a long-term campus-community partnership by 2025.

Goal 3: Enhance recognition of faculty and staff who contribute to outreach and engaged scholarship activities that impact local, state, national, and global communities.

Department Strategies

  • Review and revise, as needed, the promotion and tenure criteria to ensure congruency between expectations and rewards in strategic outreach and engaged scholarship.
  • 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 strategic outreach and engaged scholarship.

Goal 4: Increase and strengthen collaborative, mutually beneficial community partnerships that stimulate creativity, innovation, and social and economic development.

Department Strategies

  • Encourage participation in community engagement, service-learning activities for all undergraduate majors and graduate students in kinesiology and sport management.
  • Offer four designated service-learning courses annually.

Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management

  • Address

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

    806.742.3371