Annual Meeting Details
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Annual Meeting Details

92nd Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Kinesiology


NAK: Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Embracing the Future


September 28-30, 2023

Hyatt Regency (Newport Beach, California)

The theme for the 2023 NAK meeting “NAK: Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Embracing the Future.” The rich history of NAK will be examined by exploring the evolution of scholarship in the academy over the past century. Dave Wiggins (FNAK # 483, George Mason University, emeritus) will deliver the Rainer and Julie Martins Lecture on Thursday evening providing a thoughtful overview of our past and a vision for the future. Friday’s sessions are structured around subdisciplines that have emerged. Distinguished scholars across various fields including physical education and sport pedagogy, cultural -historical influences, motor learning and development, motor control and biomechanics, sport and exercise psychology, exercise physiology, adapted physical activity, athletic training, physical activity and health, and sport management have agreed to provide overviews of their areas of expertise. They will examine the role that their subdisciplines have played in the Academy since it was established, highlighting the contributions of NAK Fellows, and then reflect on the current status, critical issues, and future directions for their specializations in the broader field of Kinesiology. The C. Lynn Vendien International Session will follow those sessions with a panel discussion examining the global narrative for Kinesiology. On Saturday the discourse will focus on challenges and opportunities that are emerging within current scientific, educational, and societal landscapes, reflecting on ways that NAK can advance the academic discipline of Kinesiology.

Session Sponsors

  • Florida State University
  • Indiana University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Table Sponsors

  • Barbara Ainsworth
  • Indiana University
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of Utah

Corporate Sponsor

  • Caduceus International Publishing

Through the lens of an integrated perspective, critical issues facing undergraduate and graduate kinesiology programs will be examined and strategies and opportunities to move the academic discipline forward will be explored. In the final session, NAK Fellows with upper-level administrative experience will serve as panelists for a discussion focused on how Kinesiology units can flourish in university settings. Scott Kretchmar (FNAK # 330, Pennsylvania State University, emeritus) will close the program providing his insights in the wrap-up session. There will be ample time allotted for interactive discussions throughout the program.

The 2023 NAK Annual Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Newport Beach, California.  The hotel is a short 5 minutes from Orange County/John Wayne Airport, is considered a hotel retreat, and is located adjacent to the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve. The hotel is pet-friendly and has 410 guestrooms, three pools, a 24-hour fitness center, an executive golf course, and a complimentary two-hour beach cruiser rental (bikes) are included in our room rate. The standard room rate will be $179 (single/double), $204 (triple), $229 (quad), balcony view $194 (single), pool view $204 (single), and bay view $229 (single). The negotiated room rates are available 3 days prior and three days after the meeting should you decide to extend your stay. The resort fee has been waived for our group. After meetings, you can wind down with a stroll to the back of the resort to view the Newport Bay Ecological Reserve or walk over the bridge to picturesque Balboa Island and explore the chic coastal shops along Marine Avenue.  The deadline to make your hotel reservation is August 30, 2023.

Newport Beach has many offerings besides the weather (sunset cruises, surf lessons, wine tastings, harbor-front promenades).  Check it all out by clicking on the link to Visit Newport Beach.


Program Committee:

Melinda Solmon (Chair), FNAK #472, Louisiana State University
Barb Ainsworth, FNAK #376, Arizona State University
Sam Hodge, FNAK #562, The Ohio State University
Chris Janelle, FNAK #604, University of Florida
David Marquez, FNAK #606, University of Illinois at Chicago
Leah Robinson, FNAK #621, University of Michigan
Maureen Weiss, FNAK #360, University of Minnesota