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Undergraduate Advising

The Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies (KRSS) provides advising services for upperclass students majoring in Kinesiology and Recreation and Sport Management (RSM). Please review the information below to find out who is eligible to be advised by an advisor in KRSS, the process for being advised in our department, and additional information related to departmental advising.

Academic advising for freshmen, sophomores, and new transfer students in the Kinesiology and RSM major occurs in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) Office of Advising & Student Services (BEC 332). If you have not been advised by anyone in CEHHS Advising before, please visit their website for more information about scheduling an appointment with their office. The KRSS Advising Staff is not able to review a student’s academic history if they are not currently a Kinesiology or RSM major.

A student will transition from CEHHS Advising to KRSS Department Advising after he/she completes the following:

Kinesiology
  • Maintains a minimum UT GPA of 2.5 after a minimum of 60 hours of coursework
  • Completes MATH 125 or MATH 141 or MATH 147, KNS 100, CHEM 120, CHEM 130, and PHYS 221. These are the uTrack milestones for the first four terms.
  • All of these courses must be completed with a C or better to remain in good standing and continue in the major.
Recreation & Sport Management – Sport Management concentration
  • Maintains a minimum UT GPA of 2.5 after a minimum of 30 hours of coursework
  • Completion of RSM 250 with a grade of C or better
  • Successful completion of ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and MATH 125 or MATH 141
Recreation & Sport Management – Therapeutic Recreation concentration
  • Maintains a minimum UT GPA of 2.5 after a minimum of 30 hours of coursework
  • Completion of RSM 201 with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of ENGL 101 and ENGL 102, and three (3) hours of Quantitative Reasoning

These requirements are based on the current undergraduate catalog. Requirements could vary slightly depending on a student’s catalog year.

At the end of each semester, staff of the CEHHS Office of Advising and Student Services will compile a list of students ready to change to departmental advising. Students will be emailed an advising transition letter with the name and contact information of their new department advisor. Students will then be responsible for scheduling a meeting with their new advisor to complete this transition. Scheduling with KRSS Advisors should be done via email by contacting your new advisor directly.

All students are encouraged to meet with an advisor each term to ensure degree progression. Students are required to meet with an advisor for an advising appointment at least once each year. Students whose ID ends with an even number (including zero) are advised in fall for spring registration; students whose ID ends with an odd number are advised in spring for fall registration. Students who are on academic review are required to meet with an advisor during each term of the academic year (fall and spring). Students can find the name and contact information for their advisor on my.utk.edu.

Your initial appointment with a KRSS Advisor should happen within a few weeks after receiving notification that you are eligible to transition to a new advisor in the KRSS Department. The first appointment typically lasts a little longer than subsequent appointments, so we ask that you schedule this as early as possible and not during the registration period.

The KRSS Advisors are available throughout the year to meet with students, not just the week or two before registration begins. You can schedule your fall advising appointment anytime after July 1 and your spring advising appointment anytime after January 1, and you are encouraged to take advantage of meeting with your advisor earlier in the semester! Just email your advisor to set up an appointment.

As course registration approaches, the Advising Staff will send out a schedule of “drop-in” time blocks and “by appointment” times they are available. The “drop-in” time blocks are first-come, first-served. You will sign in when you arrive and when it is your turn, you will meet with your advisor and be cleared to register. Drop-in times tend to get busier as the senior and junior registration dates get closer. The “by appointment” times require that you contact your advisor to schedule a 15 to 30 minute time block with him/her during one of his/her blocks set aside for appointments.

Advising sessions and appointments will be held in the KRSS advisors’ offices in the HPER Building. The KRSS offices are located on the 3rd floor in the HPER Building.

Scott Smith
HPER 351
865-974-8171
scottsmith@utk.edu


Carrie Trexler
HPER 358
865-974-6660
ctrexler@utk.edu


Margy Wirtz-Henry
HPER 321B
865-974-7154
mwirtz@utk.edu

 

How to Prepare for an Advising Appointment

  • Review your curriculum in the undergraduate catalog.
  • Ensure you are on track to meet progression standards by reviewing your DARs (Degree Audit Report).
  • Review graduate school pre-requisites, if applicable.
  • Prepare a list of questions that you would like to ask your advisor.
  • Follow through on referrals proposed by your advisor.

If you have questions at any time, please feel free to either schedule an appointment or email your advisor.