Advisory committee selected for School of Kinesiology dean search


Provost Martha Pollack has named an advisory committee to search for a new dean of the School of Kinesiology. The search process is underway.

Ketra Armstrong, associate dean for graduate programs and faculty affairs, professor of sport management, School of Kinesiology; and affiliate faculty, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, LSA, is chairing the committee that has been charged with conducting a broad search and presenting a slate of recommended candidates.

In an email to faculty and staff at the school, Pollack wrote that Dean Ronald Zernicke would step down June 30, 2016, after more than six years of service.

Additional members of the search committee, all from the School of Kinesiology unless otherwise noted, include:

• Katherine Babiak, associate professor of sport management.

• Steven Broglio, associate professor of kinesiology, and director of the NeuroSport Research Laboratory.

• Susan Brown, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, associate professor of movement science, and director of the Motor Control Laboratory.

• Gregory Cartee, associate dean for research, and professor of movement science.

• Kathryn Clark, alumna; lecturer in movement science.

• Thomas George, assistant professor of clinical practice, health and fitness and sport management.

• Shannon Hennessey, director, Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs, School of Kinesiology.

• Sarah Kessler, master’s student in movement science.

• Laurie McCauley, William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Periodontics, dean and professor of dentistry, School of Dentistry; professor of pathology, Medical School.

• Peggy Sheagren, executive director of budget and administration in the School of Kinesiology.

• Stefan Szymanski, Stephen J. Galetti Collegiate Professor of Sport Management, professor of kinesiology, co-director of the Michigan Center for Sport Management.

In her February email, Pollack said that under Zernicke’s leadership “the school has established a strong foundation as a national and international leader in education and research in physical activity, health and wellness, and sport management.”

During Zernicke’s tenure, Pollack said, he “led important improvements for the school, including a revised undergraduate curriculum, with the addition of a new major in Health and Fitness, successful recruitment of new faculty and reorganization of administrative structure.”

To nominate prospective candidates or ask questions of the committee chair, send an email to For more information about the school, go to



  1. Kines Alum
    on July 8, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I feel that there are several professors (Basten, Kwak, and Rosentraub namely) who could provide a lot of valuable input in this process that should be involved. These three are very in tune with the Kinesiology student population and would be invaluable to this search. I am disappointed to see some of the names on there that I know are not as connected to the student body as the three mentioned above. After all, the new Dean should be appointed because he/she is the best person to serve the interests of our students. Shouldn’t the people who have the best relationship with the students have a say in the matter?

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