A Message From The Chair

John J. Jeka, PhD

John J. Jeka, PhD

Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology (KAAP) at the University of Delaware. Kinesiology is one of the fastest growing majors in the U.S. and I am very excited to be the Chair of a vibrant department! Whether you are just starting your study of kinesiology or are seeking the expertise to advance the field as a scientist or clinician, we offer a collaborative culture to learn and pursue rigorous research that has immediate impact on the health of society. Our faculty is committed to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge, the training of the next generation of scholars and ultimately translating our research/education to improve the human condition.

With the development of the STAR campus, we are in a unique position to play a central role in solving complex health problems related to cardiovascular disease and obesity, the neurological basis of disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Traumatic Brain Injury as well as rehabilitation biomechanics and prosthetic design. We emphasize research groups that value an interdisciplinary perspective and provide collaborative environments that cross traditional boundaries. I encourage you to seek out opportunities to join these laboratories!

Our undergraduate and graduate programs focus on preparing students to achieve their goals after graduation. The undergraduate curriculums in Exercise Science and Human Physiology have been revamped to reflect current trends in the field. We have three new programs in Athletic Training: an undergraduate Sports Health major, an entry-level Masters program and the first hybrid 3+2 M.S. program at UD. Two PhD programs train students to advance our field through innovative research and teaching: Applied Physiology and an interdisciplinary program in Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS). With the new STAR tower, we now have virtual technology classrooms, state-of-the-art exercise/functional training facilities as well as classes to develop “smart health technology”. It all adds up to an intellectually fertile atmosphere that integrates education and basic science with translation to the clinic and the community.

This is an exciting time in KAAP. Please join us on our journey to address the health of our society.

John J Jeka, PhD
Chair, Professor

“Movement is Medicine”

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