Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport

Welcome from Chair

We’re proud to be a part of the College of Education and to have stellar faculty, students, and alumni. On behalf of all of these constituents, thank you for your interest in our department and our programs. I encourage you to browse our website and learn about our department.

The Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport has been an integral part of the University of South Alabama for more than forty years. The Department offers an Alabama state approved teacher education program in Health and Physical Education and non-teaching programs in Health, Exercise Science, and a Leisure Studies major with concentrations in Therapeutic Recreation and Sport and Recreation Management. The Department offers a University-wide physical activity program. Several health, fitness, and leisure studies related courses are popular with non-majors from most of the Colleges within the University. We are housed in the Physical Education Building or Jaguar Gym, which also serves the Department of Athletics.

The Department faculty is comprised of professionals from a variety of academic fields who have great interest in student achievement and scientific advancement. The faculty is actively involved with publishing in regional, national, and international refereed journals, presentations to professional organizations, and regularly participate in workshops and conferences. The faculty are also active in some of the most respected professional organizations in our field which include the American College of Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers Association, National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Atlantic Marketing Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, North American Society for Sports Management, and the American School Health Association. Several members of the department have published book chapters, written grants, and serve on editorial boards and as reviewers of national journals.

The Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport has assisted the University in achieving accreditation from the Alabama State Department of Education, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and is recognized as an approved education program in Sport and Fitness Conditioning by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport at the University of South Alabama!


John E. Kovaleski, Ph.D., ATC
Professor and Department Chair