Benefits of Membership
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Benefits of Membership

Hear what our members have to say…

Harald Barkhoff

University of Hawai’i West Oahu

Mary Rudisill

Auburn University

Rafael Bahamonde

University of Indiana Indianapolis

AKA provides professional development opportunities and information for faculty and students

  • Annual Leadership Workshop – AKA conducts an annual leadership workshop that focuses on various leadership, disciplinary, and higher education issues and challenges
  • Careers in Kinesiology – helpful information and links for students and faculty advisors
  • Webinars – online webinars that feature top scholars in Kinesiology who share their expertise on a host of topics in the field
  • Leadership Institute – utilizes a mentoring model to provide a cohort of fellows exceptional training and networking for department chairs, associate chairs, and emerging faculty leaders
  • Education Networks – for both Graduate and Undergraduate program coordinators

AKA keeps you informed of current issues in kinesiology and higher education

  • Our website – your link to the AKA and its functions
  • Kinesiology Today – quarterly newsletter with informative articles and information
  • Kinesiology Review – a joint effort of the AKA and National Academy of Kinesiology, this electronic journal publishes reviews of research and applications
  • Careers in Sport, Fitness and Exercise: A Guide to Kinesiology Professions

AKA provides useful information for faculty leaders and serves as a valuable resource for commonly needed services

  • Core Curriculum – access to state-of-the-art Kinesiology core curriculum elements including curriculum from member institutions
  • Weekly job postings – advertise your jobs on the AKA website; AKA emails new job postings to 800+ departments every Tuesday
  • Timely news, announcements, and event calendar
  • Strategic planning service – access to an AKA strategic planning facilitator
  • Links to all member departments and affiliate organizations

AKA recognizes and publicizes distinguished leaders, inclusive excellence, and student achievement. Our awards:

  • Jerry R. Thomas Distinguished Leadership Awards
  • Inclusive Excellence Award
  • National Scholar Awards
    • Undergraduate
    • Master’s
    • Doctoral
    • Graduate Student Writing
  • Undergraduate Student Group Impact Award


AKA membership year runs September 1st – August 31st. Annual departmental membership dues:

  • Doctoral degree granting departments: $900,
  • Master’s degree granting departments: $500,
  • Undergraduate degree granting departments: $300,
  • Associate degree granting departments: $150


Many positions and roles in AKA:

  • Executive Committee
  • Board of Directors
  • Standing Committees
  • Program Committee
  • Leadership Institute Directors and Mentors
  • Education Network Coordinators
  • Strategic Planning Committee