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Renee Polubinsky, chair of the WIU Department of Kinesiology
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Polubinsky Named Chair of Kinesiology

September 7, 2018


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MACOMB, IL - -Western Illinois University Professor of Kinesiology Renee Polubinsky has been named the chair of the WIU Department of Kinesiology, according to College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) Interim Dean Katrina Daytner. Polubinsky has served as the interim chair since 2017.

Polubinsky joined the WIU faculty in 2002 as an assistant professor. She has served as the director of Western's Athletic Training program since 2002.

"We are delighted that Dr. Polubinsky will be leading the Department of Kinesiology into the future," said Daytner. "She has demonstrated a strong commitment to the department and has an impressive record of leadership to the College."

During her time at WIU, Polubinsky has published multiple refereed articles, received two grants and has presented at state, regional and national conferences. She currently serves on the Illinois Board of Athletic Trainers and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations for the Athletic Training State Board, is a member of the critical incident stress management team for the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association and is a member of McDonough County's Health Department medical reserve corp.

She received the COEHS and Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007, the COEHS Award for Excellence in Service in 2011 and the COEHS and Provost Award for Excellence in Service in 2016. In 2016, she also received the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame Award, and she received the 2017 Athletic Trainer Service Award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

Prior to joining WIU, Polubinsky served as an assistant athletic trainer for the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and the coordinator of athletic training services at Advanced Health Care in Milwaukee, WI. She also served as an assistant professor, associate athletic trainer and clinical coordinator at Concordia University in Mequon, WI.

Polubinsky earned her doctorate in health care education, with an emphasis in athletic training, from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

She earned an M.Ed. in health promotion and cardiovascular fitness from University of Cincinnati and her B.S. in physical education with an emphasis in athletic training from University Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

For more information about the WIU Department of Kinesiology, visit wiu.edu/kinesiology.

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