The Department of Kinesiology was formed in 1990, and has evolved over the years into a multidisciplinary academic unit including degree programs in athletic training, health promotion and health equity, kinesiology, occupational therapy, and physical education. Our mission is to create, interpret, transmit, and apply knowledge related to movement, exercise, and human occupation with the ultimate goal of enhancing human health, productivity, and quality of life. We invite you to explore our rich history!
The University of Wisconsin–Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin. This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation. Today, UW–Madison respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.
Letter from the Chair
Our department has a rich history as one of the pioneers in the field of kinesiology and continues to push the boundaries of research, teaching, and service. We are currently the fastest growing department in the School of Education and one of the fastest growing departments across campus as a whole. Our department also ranks in the top 10 among kinesiology departments nationwide.