Mission, Vision and Values


In the Department of Kinesiology, we are called to nurture and prepare students to positively impact the health and well-being of members of society and to instill in all students, faculty and staff, a commitment to lifetime fitness and positive health. An exemplary education provided in a Christian context, by individuals with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in scholarship, service and teaching provide the mechanism to fulfill this mission.

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The vision of the Department of Kinesiology is to challenge students continually to improve the health and well-being of society by exhibiting the highest standards of quality in teaching, scholarship and service; and to assume the leadership role among undergraduate academic programs in our field in meeting the challenges of preventive medicine and health care.


Five fundamental values form the foundation of the Department of Kinesiology’s culture:

  • Collaboration - The phrase “to act as a unit” forms the basis of the Kinesiology Department. This value ensures that all students will benefit from the collective wisdom of a team of education professionals. 
  • Excellence - A commitment to excellence has created the Kinesiology Department’s legacy of achievement and innovation in curricular and programmatic areas resulting in high achievement for students and faculty. 
  • Integrity - Adherence to scientific, professional and personal integrity are our ethical cornerstones; they underlie our desire to mentor students, conduct clinical research investigations, educate students and allied health professionals, while guiding the fiscal and administrative management of the Kinesiology Department. 
  • Compassion - A commitment to compassion includes respect for all persons, while providing the highest level of service.
  • Commitment - As an institution, the Kinesiology Department recognizes its responsibilities to the community in which we reside, to the students it services, to Samford University and to the individuals in leadership who oversee the management of its resources.