Dr. Kacey DiGiacinto receives Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar Award
Kesha Williams March 25, 2014
Dr. Kacey DiGiacinto, an assistant professor in the Physical Education and Health
Department, received the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education's
(NAKHE) 2014 Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar Award. During the 2014 National Association
for Kinesiology in Higher Education's Collaborative Congress, Dr. DiGiacinto presented
her paper titled "Diversifying Kinesiology: Untapped Potential of Historically Black
Colleges and Universities."
The National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education is an organization for
professionals in higher education. Its purpose is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary
ideas, concepts, and issues related to the role of kinesiology subdisciplines in higher
education with respect for social, cultural, and personal perspectives.
Kinesiology is an academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity
and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. It includes, but is not limited
to, such areas of study as exercise science, sports management, athletic training
and sports medicine, socio-cultural analyses of sports, sport and exercise psychology,
fitness leadership, physical education-teacher education, and pre-professional training
for physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine and other health related fields.
This is the first time an ECSU faculty member has won this award. This award is earned
by a faculty member who has less than 5 years of post-graduate experience in the field
of kinesiology. This is a very prestigious award in the field of Kinesiology and in
In her report, DiGiacinto explores three related issues, first, how professionals
in this field of study can attract quality African American physical education teacher
education students to the field of kinesiology; second, can they identify well prepared
African American undergraduates who will thrive in graduate level coursework; third,
how can they recruit exceptional African American students to participate in professional
organizations like NAKHE. Ultimately, the author will provide suggestions for recruiting
African Americans to kinesiology and ideas for further involvement in NAKHE.
"It's important to provide professional workshops for students, provide tips related
to resume writing, job hunting, provide First Aid, and CPR training as well a variety
of guest speakers," DiGiacinto. Other plans she thinks would help are to take undergraduates
to professional conferences where they will hear the presentations made by scholars
in the field.