New Department Chair of Kinesiology Starting Fall 2019
About our Department Chair, Dr. Matt Lee
1. How long have you been at SF State?
Next year will mark the beginning of my 19th year at SF State. I began my career here in 2001 as an assistant professor of kinesiology straight out of my doctoral program at Louisiana State University.
2. What is your favorite part of working here?
My favorite part of working here is the people. The faculty in our department are what made me choose to accept the position and are what I still enjoy the most about coming to work each day. I have had some great colleagues in our department over the years who have provided leadership, guidance and friendship and I hope to provide the same for others.
3. Do you have a favorite memory or interaction that you’ve had with our students?
Working and mentoring in our laboratories has provided me the opportunity to work closely with graduate and undergraduate students alike. Some of my fondest memories include working with students collecting research data, assisting with data analysis, preparing presentations for conferences and sometimes, simply just trying to figure things out.
4. What are some of your interests outside of work?
Without question, one of my key interests outside of work is my family and kids. I have two little boys and play an active role in their lives, which includes coaching sports (baseball, basketball, soccer) and getting them to and from school and other activities. Additionally, as an exercise physiologist, regular exercise has always been a major part of my life outside of work. Most recently, I’ve gotten into marathon running and find it to be one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, but also one of the most rewarding. I just hope my body holds up long enough for me to continue running for the foreseeable future!
5. As the incoming chair, what are some high-level goals you have for the department?
We are currently going through our seventh cycle departmental review, which allows our department to reflect on what we have accomplished over the past five years and decide the direction we will go in the future. Thus, the feedback we receive from this review will help to guide any changes in our undergraduate and graduate programs.
Some of the changes/additions to our curricula we have discussed include adding a strength and conditioning emphasis, strengthening our current coaching minor/certificate program and including a physical activity emphasis to our graduate program. Another goal is to ensure a smooth implementation of the new Integrated Teacher Education Program for our physical education majors, which will allow them to obtain a bachelor’s degree, along with their teaching credential, within four years.