Annual Meeting Details
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Annual Meeting Details

93rd Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Kinesiology


Kinesiology (and health): The Next Generation

September 26-28, 2024

The Marquette Hotel (Minneapolis, MN)

Program Committee:

Bo Fernhall (Chair), FNAK #455, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Darla Castelli, FNAK #557, Northeastern University

*Brian Focht, FNAK #602, The Ohio State University

Sam Hodge, FNAK #582, The Ohio State University
Dave Perrin, FNAK #401, University of Utah
Rob Motl, FNAK #619, University of Illinois Chicago
Maureen Smith, FNAK #543, California State University, Sacramento

*We would like to acknowledge Brian’s commitment and engagement to the program committee prior to his passing. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

The theme for the 2024 NAK meeting “Kinesiology (and health): The Next Generation.” The focus of the meeting will be the challenges (and solutions) that the next generation of students and scholars will face with particular attention to what could (or should) we as a discipline be doing to further our goals. Kevin Guskiewicz (FNAK #466) will deliver the opening Rainer and Julie Martens Lecture on Thursday evening, providing his thoughts on challenges and opportunities to the discipline of Kinesiology and to higher education from a leadership perspective, with specific attention to preparing the next generation of leaders. Friday morning’s sessions will be devoted to exploring Enrollment and Educational challenges and opportunities, focusing on the enrollment cliff, undergraduate program directions in Kinesiology, and the future of our Ph.D. programs (Session1). The late morning session (Session 2) will focus on Curricular Innovations and what the next generation of students need to know, in the areas of Pedagogy, Teaching and Learning; Exercise Physiology/Exercise Science; and Interdisciplinary Integration. The afternoon session will focus on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the challenges and opportunities for the next generation. Friday session will conclude with the C. Lynn Vendien International Session. The Saturday morning sessions will start with a session on Research Innovations and Design in Kinesiology (first morning session) focusing on New Innovations in Qualitative and Quantitative Research, and a presentation on using Artificial Intelligence in Kinesiology research. The final session on Saturday will provide information on examples of building successful interdisciplinary research teams. There will be ample time allotted for interactive discussions throughout the program, as 30 min of discussion is planned for each session.


The 2024 NAK annual meeting is scheduled for September 26-28, 2024, at the Marquette Hotel (Curio Collection by Hilton). The hotel, as quoted on their website “is an unassuming yet vibrant treasure in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Brimming with cultured sophistication and a worldly spirit, the Marquette is a showcase of style and innovation. Built on tradition, elegance, and warm service, we are where locals and business travelers create shared moments and lasting memories.” The hotel is in the heart of downtown Minneapolis convenient to 50 blocks of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues via the skyway system. The Target Center, Target Field, US Bank Stadium, and the Convention Center are only a five-minute walk from the hotel. Minneapolis boasts the famous Guthrie Theater, Historic State Theater, 50 performing art theaters, 100 art galleries, 12 world class museums and numerous musical and dance companies. There’s also shopping at Nieman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, Marshall Fields and City Center is just a block away. With 22 lakes, 180 parks, 50 miles of paths and the mighty Mississippi running through downtown, Minneapolis is considered an urban playground sure to please all.  For  more information on all there is to see and do in Minneapolis, please visit the MeetMinneapolis website.

Hotel Marquette Minneapolis MN
Hotel Marquette Minneapolis MN
Hotel Marquette Minneapolis MN

Hotel Property Highlights:

  • A Deluxe Hilton Property
  • Situated in the heart of Minneapolis’ financial and entertainment districts
  • Spacious guest rooms
  • Free High-Speed Internet/WiFi in the guest rooms and meeting space
  • On-site parking available
  • Complimentary, brand new, 24-hour fitness center for hotel guests
  • Business Center
  • Topgolf Swing Suite
  • Valet Parking
  • On-site restaurant and lounge
  • 25 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport

The room rate is $209 per night for single or double occupancy. These special rates will apply three days before and after the dates of the group’s conference for those wanting to add an extra day or two of relaxation. The deadline for reservations at this rate will be Friday, September 4th.  With a great hotel property, a great pro­gram, and lots to see and do there’s no reason not to attend the 2024 meeting! Invite a colleague to join you!