Building departmental visibility and support is essential to the success of any kinesiology unit. This paper provides an overview of different strategies taken by three American Kinesiology Association member departments to advance their respective units. Each program was faced with unique institutional goals and structures, yet each institutional example highlights the shared theme of building strategic partnerships and cultivating a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. Common strategies across the three institutions included a genuine understanding of university priorities and politics, chair and faculty leadership, strong internal and external communication, a willingness to lead and think creatively, and maintaining a focus on academic and educational excellence.
Carter is with the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan. Williams is with the Department of Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Chodzko-Zajko is with the Graduate College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL.