2015 NAKHE Conference
January 8-10, Clearwater, FL
Rethinking Kinesiology: Tradition, Transition, and Transformation
The impetus for selecting this theme lies squarely in the landscape of Kinesiology today. In sum, the field of Physical Education has a rich and robust history grounded almost exclusively in military training and sports [Tradition]. However, over the last 50 years there have been seminal moments, remarkable changes, and shifts in beliefs and practices that include Physical Education becoming a discipline-based science with sub-disciplines of specialization [Transition]. Currently, the evolution is such that there are still disparate views on who we really are, what we should do, and how we should contribute to society. Therefore, it is difficult to predict where our field will land, so to speak, and how it will reveal itself to all stakeholders as we move forward [Transformation].
Proposals accepted June 15-September 15. Click here to find out more about the conference and submit your proposal.
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A Message From Our President
Dear NAKHE Colleague,
After two years of planning and work NAKHE held its Strategic Planning Session in July 2014, an effort led by Texas A&M – Commerce faculty Tara Tietjen-Smith. The posted Strategic Plan is the outcome of our efforts to date on this plan, and our work continues in that we will operationalize it over the next few months and highlight the Plan at our national conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida, in January. I’d like to tell the story of how we got this far and to thank the NAKHE leaders who helped make this Plan.
In 2011 Tara Tietjen-Smith led a session at the Leader Development Workshop on how to do strategic planning. As an exercise we drafted a strategic plan for NAKHE as this is what all of the participants had in common – our organization. So we spent a few hours on learning how to go through the strategic planning process. For the thirty or so participants it was a great learning experience, and we came away with a shared understanding of both how strategic planning works, as well as what NAKHE is and does.
However, the actual plan drafted was not NAKHE’s official strategic plan, and it had no official standing until NAKHE’s Future Direction Committee (FDC), chaired by Georgia State University’s Jackie Lund and composed of John Charles (College of William and Mary), Alison Wrynn (California State University - Long Beach), Vice President Betty Block (Texas A&M – Commerce) and President Camille O’Bryant (California Polytechnic University - San Luis Obispo), developed what became known as a “Statement of Direction.” Long time NAKHE members are familiar with the FDC – it is charged with the task of recommending projects to the organization – and the FDC drafted the Statement of Direction and asked the Board to set in motion a strategic planning process.
In July at a special session prior to the LDW we did just that. NAKHE’s strategic planning was open to all NAKHE members, and we drafted a NAKHE Vision statement, utilized the Statement of Direction drafted by the FDC, and added goals and objectives based on our mission and vision. Our next step is to put the plan before the NAKHE Board of Directors at the September teleconference call, and continue our planning by adding corresponding action items, responsibilities, and deadlines.
NAKHE’S Strategic Plan, like any other plan, is a work in progress. And to this I will add the following truism: no strategic plan survives its implementation. As we go through the years we will enact the strategic plan, and modify as our organization grows and it responds to the dynamic environment in higher education. A strategic plan is not a rigid set of rules that dictates how we act as an organization. Rather it is a guide that will map our actions for the next few years, and will give all of us ideas of what we should be working on.
When you get a chance please take a look at the plan and discuss it with Board members and your NAKHE colleagues. We will also point to it through a variety of media that were discussed at the LDW to help keep it before all of us, and to help make it a reality.