School of Kinesiology Student Leadership Academy

Leading the way, making a difference.


The School of Kinesiology Student Leadership Academy is a select group of undergraduate and graduate “Student Leaders” who strive to increase student engagement, recruit quality students, mentor other students, and maintain relationships with alumni. Kinesiology Student Leaders also assist the School of Kinesiology faculty and staff to advance the teaching, research, and outreach mission of the School and University.

The primary role of the Student Leaders selected to be part of the Leadership Academy is to conceptualize, develop, plan, implement, evaluate, and promote student engagement activities and events for current and prospective Kinesiology students.


Once selected, you must attend a 2-hour training and information session in April before you begin. Each Student Leader must schedule at least two (2) hours of service in the School of Kinesiology building per week each semester. During these office hours you will be available to provide tours, mentor students, respond to email inquiries, answer questions, greet visitors, and plan engagement events.

Student Leader positions are on a yearly basis from May to the following May (a typical school year). A minimum commitment of two semesters is required, fall and spring (summer is not required, but is a plus). You may continue as a Student Leader the following year if you choose and the selection committee approves (you do not need to re-apply).


The Kinesiology Student Leaders will communicate with prospective undergraduate and graduate students and provide tours of the building to visiting students and families. They will also plan one larger student event each semester, fall and spring, and other smaller events approximately once per month. The goal of each event is to bring the Kinesiology student body and community together outside of the classroom to foster social skills, networking, academic success, and a positive ‘Auburn Family’ experience.

Examples of events could include activities such as lunch on the lawn, ice cream socials, movie nights, mini Olympics, study sessions, chat with an advisor, professional development workshops, tailgates, bowling nights, ask an alum, etc.

Other duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Designing flyers and social media posts to promote the events;
  • Registering events with the Campus Event Planning System;
  • Helping select and order merchandise and promotional items for the School of Kinesiology;
  • Providing tours of the School of Kinesiology to prospective students;
  • Answering questions about Kinesiology for peers and prospective students;
  • Mentoring or tutoring current students needing academic assistance;
  • Leading supplemental instruction or small group Kinesiology core curriculum study sessions;
  • Sharing mindfulness and stress reduction techniques to improve performance; and
  • Assisting in making promotional videos of our academic programs for the School of Kinesiology website and YouTube.


The benefits of being a Kinesiology Student Leader include:

  • Demonstrating leadership, communication, and organization skills;
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of the School of Kinesiology’s academic, research, service, and outreach efforts;
  • Building relationships with Kinesiology faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni;
  • Improving public speaking and interpersonal skills;
  • Practicing event planning, implementation, and evaluation;
  • Learning about public relations and the business-side of social media;
  • Acquiring relevant work experience and professional development for your resume/curriculum vitae;
  • Interacting with prospective students and their families, as well as guests of the School of Kinesiology; and
  • Fostering meaningful relationships with your Kinesiology peers.

Selection Criteria

Kinesiology Student Leaders are chosen through a selection process that includes an application and an in-person interview. Applications are accepted in February of each year from Kinesiology students (undergraduate and graduate) who meet the following qualifications:

  • Good academic standing with a GPA of at least 3.2 on cumulative coursework;
  • Completed at least one semester at Auburn University;
  • Be currently enrolled as a student in the School of Kinesiology;
  • Demonstrate a strong level of commitment to programs and initiatives within the School of Kinesiology through participation and leadership;
  • Have strong interpersonal and public speaking skills; and
  • Be available for service assignments at daytime, evening, and weekend events on-campus and off-campus, if necessary.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 31. Interviews are granted to qualified applicants in late February or early March, and are selected through a competitive pre-screening review by a committee of current Student Leaders. Notification of selection as a Student Leader will occur in mid-late March each year.

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For any questions, contact Miranda Nobles, Communications and Marketing Specialist, School of Kinesiology.

The College of Education also has a Student Ambassador Program. You may apply to be either a College of Education Ambassador or a School of Kinesiology Student Leader, or both.