Encyclopedia of UNCG History

An online resource for exploring the history of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Ethel Martus Lawther was hired by Mary Channing Coleman as a professor within the Department of Physical Education in 1931. Upon Coleman’s death in 1947, Martus became only the second head of the school’s Department of Physical Education. She was an early proponent of the importance of physical activity for girls and women and stressed the […]

In 1989, the name of the Department of Physical Education was changed to the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Shirl J. Hoffman, who had been serving as the department head for physical education, continued as head of the renamed department. In 2009, the name of the department was changed to the Department of Kinesiology. The […]

Physical education, originally called physical culture, began as hygiene and physiology instruction taught by the college’s resident physician. A gymnasium was established in the Main Building. Plans and funding for a new gymnasium were crushed in 1900 after a typhoid fever epidemic. A mandatory walking period and intramural athletics continued for many years without formal curriculum.  […]

Physical education, originally called physical culture, began as hygiene and physiology instruction taught by the college’s resident physician. Yet, it was not until 1921 that a Department of Physical Education was created, with Mary Channing Coleman serving as the first department head. Following the sudden death of Coleman in 1947, Ethel L. Martus succeeded her as […]

The School of Health and Human Performance (HHP) was established in 1991 and encompassed programs previously included in the School of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (HPERD). In a 2012 restructuring, HHP was dissolved, and three of the five academic departments moved to the newly formed School of Health and Human Sciences. Celia Hooper, […]