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Lori Ploutz-Snyder

Professor and Dean
University of Michigan School of Kinesiology

I hope you’re having a wonderful fall. Here at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology, we’ve had a busy and productive semester.

We feel fully at home now in our beautiful new building, and are grateful every day for its amenities. We moved at just the right time, because we are growing rapidly. In the last year alone, we’ve hired five new faculty and posted openings for six more.

Applications are at an all-time high. Last year, we saw record numbers across all our programs: an increase of 23% in first-year undergraduate applications (a 63% gain since 2020), 27% in transfer student apps, and 19% in graduate student apps. We’re delighted that so many students at every level want to come to Michigan Kinesiology.

Our enrollment is also increasing, due in part to two new winter-start programs. Students in the Sport Management Immersion (SMI) and Movement Science & Applied Exercise Science (MAES) programs spend their fall term traveling, working, or volunteering on their own. They take most of their classes together during winter term, and then spend the spring/summer term in an exclusive experiential course. SMI students take day trips to midwestern sports properties to tour facilities and network with industry leaders. MAES students meet with Michigan Athletics staff to discuss health science specializations and career opportunities, and to see the operations in action.

Our research continues to grow in breadth and volume. One of the things I love most about kinesiology is its immense range of research topics. For example, Dr. Wenche Wang and Dr. Stacy-Lynn Sant are examining how polarized social media fuels coverage of athlete activism. At the other end of the spectrum, Dr. Dominique Kinnett-Hopkins is advocating for multiple sclerosis patients to receive exercise interventions as part of their treatment.

It’s an exciting time to be at Michigan Kinesiology. True to the nature of our discipline, we are always on the move. We owe our success to our high-caliber students, faculty, and staff—and to friends like you. Thanks to your support, we’re taking our already world-class institution to the next level.

With gratitude,

Lori Ploutz-Snyder Signature

 

 

Lori Ploutz-Snyder, PhD
Professor and Dean

P.S. Our Enrichment Fund helps cover non-emergency expenses, like technology and professional development, for students in need.

We feel fully at home now in our beautiful new building, and are grateful every day for its amenities. We moved at just the right time, because we are growing rapidly. In the last year alone, we’ve hired five new faculty and posted openings for six more.

Applications are at an all-time high. Last year, we saw record numbers across all our programs: an increase of 23% in first-year undergraduate applications (a 63% gain since 2020), 27% in transfer student apps, and 19% in graduate student apps. We’re delighted that so many students at every level want to come to Michigan Kinesiology.

Our enrollment is also increasing, due in part to two new winter-start programs. Students in the Sport Management Immersion (SMI) and Movement Science & Applied Exercise Science (MAES) programs spend their fall term traveling, working, or volunteering on their own. They take most of their classes together during winter term, and then spend the spring/summer term in an exclusive experiential course. SMI students take day trips to midwestern sports properties to tour facilities and network with industry leaders. MAES students meet with Michigan Athletics staff to discuss health science specializations and career opportunities, and to see the operations in action.

Our research continues to grow in breadth and volume. One of the things I love most about kinesiology is its immense range of research topics. For example, Dr. Wenche Wang and Dr. Stacy-Lynn Sant are examining how polarized social media fuels coverage of athlete activism. At the other end of the spectrum, Dr. Dominique Kinnett-Hopkins is advocating for multiple sclerosis patients to receive exercise interventions as part of their treatment.

It’s an exciting time to be at Michigan Kinesiology. True to the nature of our discipline, we are always on the move. We owe our success to our high-caliber students, faculty, and staff—and to friends like you. Thanks to your support, we’re taking our already world-class institution to the next level.

With gratitude,

Lori Ploutz-Snyder Signature

 

 

Lori Ploutz-Snyder, PhD
Professor and Dean

P.S. Our Enrichment Fund helps cover non-emergency expenses, like technology and professional development, for students in need.

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