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NiCole R. Keith and Jared A. Russell

This article describes the characteristics of diversity within academia and professional organizations in general and specifically within Kinesiology departments and Kinesiology-related organizations. While other types of diversity exist, this article refers to diversity in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, age, physical capability, socioeconomic background, and/or sexual orientation. Two Kinesiology departments, within the context of their universities, in two different regions of the United States are presented as models of best practice to improve institutional diversity. Also presented are one detailed example and several general examples of methods by which Kinesiology-related professional organizations have developed intentional strategies to improve diversity in membership and leadership. Presented models could, at least in part, be used by administrators and leaders to improve diversity within academic institutions and professional organizations.

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Gretchen Kerr, Anthony Battaglia and Ashley Stirling

, & DeSouza, 2012 ). Organizational polices, the ways that programs are designed and delivered, and the nature and quality of the interactions that youth athletes have with coaches, parents, and peers all influence the optimization of positive development outcomes in the sport domain ( Fraser-Thomas et

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Jennifer L. Copeland

the population, and by the year 2050 there will be more than 2 billion older adults globally ( World Health Organization [WHO], 2015 ). Furthermore, they are more sedentary than any other age group ( Colley et al., 2011 ; Matthews et al., 2012 ). A systematic review of studies from 10 countries found

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Karen S. Meaney and Sonya L. Armstrong

Bullying is a critical issue in society that adversely affects individuals, organizations, and workplaces ( Namie, 2003 ). Bullies engage in deliberate and long-term acts of aggression, harassment, intimidation, and humiliation directed at vulnerable individuals. Victims of bullying may experience

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Edward Hebert

relationships, opportunity) affect psychological variables such as job satisfaction, morale, and organizational commitment, which in turn influence and predict decisions to persist in a workplace or seek employment elsewhere. Johnsrud and colleagues ( Johnsrud & Des Jarlais, 1994 ; Johnsrud & Heck, 1994

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Camilla J. Knight

involved in youth sport, youth sport researchers have given considerable attention to developing an evidence base pertaining to sport parenting ( Holt & Knight, 2014 ). Researchers and practitioners are increasingly working with sport organizations, coaches, and parents themselves to promote high

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Duane Knudson, Ting Liu, Dan Schmidt and Heather Van Mullem

they themselves had to. Feelings of loneliness and uncertainty in a new environment can be overwhelming, especially for new minority faculty ( Burden, Harrison, & Hodge, 2005 ; Reddick, 2015 ). A solution to these problems of organizational socialization for new tenure-track faculty is to provide

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JoEllen M. Sefton and Kenneth A. Games

Colleges and universities increasingly face pressure to take the lead in solving complex problems. Developing and sustaining interdisciplinary research centers that collaborate with community partners can be an effective method of approaching complex challenges. We use the example of interdisciplinary research centers designed to specifically work with tactical athlete organizations (e.g., military, police, fire) as one example of how research centers can be developed and produce important outcomes. A 10-step process is outlined for finding partners, executing projects, and growing research centers which are mutually beneficial to the partner organization and the academic institution. With vision, commitment, and persistence, interdisciplinary research centers can solve complex problems and have meaningful impacts in the community.

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Daniel Gould

The mission of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS) is to provide leadership, scholarship, and outreach that “transforms” the face of youth sports in ways that maximize the beneficial physical, psychological, and social effects of participation for children and youth while minimizing detrimental effects. Since its inception in 1978, ISYS has partnered with numerous organizations to promote healthy youth sports participation. In this article, the general steps ISYS takes to form and facilitate partnerships are addressed. Four long-term partnerships are also described. The services provided to these organizations are described and the advantages and challenges of working with partners, in general, are delineated. How these partnerships are used to facilitate the teaching, outreach-engagement, and scholarship components of the Michigan State University land grant mission are also described. The case of ISYS shows that conducting community outreach and engagement projects greatly enhance the scholarly mission of the university.

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Samuel R. Hodge and Doris R. Corbett

In this article, the authors engage in discourse centrally located in the organizational socialization of Black and Hispanic kinesiology faculty and students within institutions of higher education. First, our commentary is situated in the theoretical framework of organizational socialization in regards to insight about the plight of Black and Hispanic kinesiology professionals. Next, data are presented that highlight the status of Black and Hispanic faculty in academe. Informed by previous research, the authors also discuss the socialization experiences of such faculty in kinesiology programs and departments, particularly at predominantly White institutions of higher education. Lastly, challenges are identified that are associated with recruiting, hiring, retaining, securing tenured status, and advancing Black and Hispanic faculty at leading doctorate-granting institutions in the United States.