Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

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Students enrolled in the kinesiology degree programs discover, apply, and advance knowledge of physical activity as it relates to physical fitness, health, and performance. Department faculty develop and support academic programs and research that focus on injury prevention and rehabilitation, maintenance and improvement of physical fitness, wellness and performance, and factors governing human movement. The degree programs are designed to prepare students for a variety of career possibilities and success in their future educational pursuits.

Academic Programs


The degree programs in kinesiology focus on the study of human performance. Students will study foundational sciences, such as anatomical kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, and the social psychology of physical activity. Graduate degrees are designed to provide theoretical foundations of the movement-based sciences.

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Audrey Coffee

Administrative Assistant IV
Office: BHS 319
Mail Code: 3026
Phone: 702-895-4328
Fax: 702-895-2616

Janet S. Dufek, Ph.D.

Professor and Ph.D. Graduate Coordinator
Office: BHS 338
Mail Code: 3034
Phone: 702-895-0702
Fax: 702-895-1500

Sharon Jalene

Office: BHS 341
Mail Code: 3034
Phone: 702-895-3946
Fax: 702-895-1500

John Mercer, Ph.D.

Office: BHS 218A
Mail Code: 3019
Phone: 702-895-4672
Fax: 702-895-1356

James W. Navalta, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office: BHS 334
Mail Code: 3034
Phone: 702-895-2344
Fax: 702-895-1500

Brach Poston, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office: BHS 336
Mail Code: 3034
Phone: 702-895-5329
Fax: 702-895-1500

Julia Freedman Silvernail, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office: MPE-G 104
Mail Code: 3034
Phone: 702-895-2457
Fax: 702-895-1500

Richard (Dick) D. Tandy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, M.S. Graduate Coordinator
Office: BHS 358
Mail Code: 3034
Phone: 702-895-5080
Fax: 702-895-1500

Gabriele Wulf, Ph.D.

Director, Motor Performance and Learning Laboratory
Office: BHS 326
Mail Code: 3034
Phone: 702-895-0938
Fax: 702-895-1500

John (Jack) C. Young, Ph.D.

Office: BHS 332
Mail Code: 3034
Phone: 702-895-4626
Fax: 702-895-1500


 Mailing Address

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Box 453034
Las Vegas, NV 89154-3034






 Campus Location

Bigelow Health Sciences (BHS), Room 319

 Office Hours

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.