Department of Kinesiology

Nationally Recognized Instructors

At UNCP Kinesiology includes full time Faculty, Instructors, Adjuncts, and Coaches who have split appointments working with athletics and teaching within the Department. Our department is made up of individuals who have distinctions at the national and international levels. These include the following:

NC Shape Young Professional of the Year - 2021

Phi Epsilon Kappa

Past Presidents of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education

National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education Distinguished Service Award

Visiting Scholar/Professor, Danish Institute of Sport

Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar Limerick Ireland

Research Consortium Fellow (SHAPE America)

Celia Brackenridge International Research Award – Anita White Foundation, 2021

Coaches who present at sport specific local and national conferences.

Linda H. Rudsill Lifetime Achievement Award


Scholarly Activity within the Department

Faculty and Students in the Department of Kinesiology are engaged in scholarship. Below are recent projects that have resulted in Faculty publications and additional student work in progress:

  • Schlosser, T., & Siegele, J. (in progress). College Students’ Academic Motivation Levels. Manuscript being prepared for publication in a peer reviewed journal.   
  • Francesca Latoraacca (spring 2022). Perceived pain tolerance and goal attainment. Unpublished data collected as part of a thesis project. (Fiorentino)
  • Edward Mahana (spring 2022). Performance anxiety and goal attainment and in college students.  Unpublished data collected as part of a thesis project. (Fiorentino)
  • Cassidy Smestad (spring 2022). Coaches’ nutrition knowledge and recommendation practices. Unpublished data collected as part of a thesis project.  (Schlosser & Siegele)
  • Rendi Wetherington (spring 2022). The impact of burnout on athletic achievement in college student-athletes Unpublished data collected as part of a thesis project. (Fiorentino)
  • Hardin, R., Taylor, E. A., Smith, A. B., Siegele, J., & Koo, G. (2022). Female Senior-Level Administrators Experiences of Gender Bias in Collegiate Athletics. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 15, 24-49.
  • Mezzoni, R., & Kozub, F. M. (in press). Sensory obstacle courses to promote movement concepts in elementary physical education. STRATEGIES.
  • Kozub, F. M., Faller, J., & Kozub, J. M. (in press). Using Autoregulation to Safely Return to Weightlifting during Cancer Treatment. Strength and Conditioning Journal.




Dr. Teri Schlosser (Evaluator) and Dr. Susan Edkins (Co-PI)  are part of an interdisciplinary team that was awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant to reduce racial disparities for expecting and parenting mothers in rural southeastern North Carolina. The grant was awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina as part of the company’s effort to decrease racial disparities in maternal and child health care in North Carolina by 50 % in five years. Funding will support the Health Equity Project, which is designed to improve maternal health through service provider education using evidence-based strategies to reduce and address structural racism and implicit bias among healthcare and education professionals who engage with mothers who are pregnant or parenting. Similar training will be offered to health and education students.