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Athletic Training Lab Stress Lab


Dr. Emily Wughalter

Dr. Emily Wughalter

2014 recipient of Luther H. Gulick Medal

The Gulick Medal is the highest award given by AAHPERD, the largest professional organization serving health and physical education professionals.   Additionally, Dr. Wughalter received the NAKHE Distinguished Service Award in January 2014.  

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Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology. 


Thank you for your interest in our department, whether it is to pursue graduate or undergraduate work, or to take a GE or physical activity class we hope to provide an enriching academic experience. Kinesiology is defined as the “art and science of human movement.” This is an academic discipline, based around the study of physical activity in work, play, games, sport, aquatics, dance, combatives, adventure and fitness activities. Our graduates work as athletic directors, athletic trainers, in cardiac rehabilitation, as coaches, personal trainers, physical education teachers, sport managers, or enter physical therapy or medical school, and many other areas.

We have over 20 faculty members who hold a doctoral degree, most of whom teach graduate-level classes. A feature of our undergraduate major is the internships/fieldwork that give every student “hands on” experience that goes with the theoretical knowledge obtained in the classroom. In General Education, we have a range of classes in both the lower division as well as advanced GE (SJSU Studies). Our selection of over 60 physical activity classes, all taught by experts, help you fulfill the two unit university physical education graduation requirement and provide skills and knowledge to all.

We think you will find that our faculty and staff are friendly and interested in helping you to succeed in your academic endeavors. Come check us out!

The SJSU Department of Kinesiology is an active, Charter Member of the American Kinesiology Association and joins the AKA in efforts to promote the discipline of Kinesiology through conducting sound research, preparing well trained students for the work force, and enhancing people's physical activity and health. For more information on AKA, please click on the link below:

American Kinesiology Association