Sally J. Phillips established the Sally J. Phillips Graduate Award in December 2006 to support doctoral students in the Department of Kinesiology who are in the final phases of completing a high quality dissertation in preparation for a career in academia.
Sally J. Phillips, Emeritia Associate Professor of Kinesiology,established, through the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., an endowed fund to support graduate awards for selected qualified doctoral candidates enrolled in the Department of Kinesiology in the present College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park. It is intended that selected recipients will be in the final research and writing stages of a highly meritorious dissertation in preparation for an academic career in Kinesiology. Furthermore, this award is intended to support doctoral candidates who have previously contributed to the department as teaching assistants, and it is not intended for those who have held previous fellowships. Awards made through this endowment will be made in recognition of high academic achievement (G.P.A., timely progress, proposed research topic) and good departmental citizenship. Recipients are expected to demonstrate a significant commitment to the field of human performance and physical activity and to show substantial promise of advancing the body of knowledge.
By initiating this endowment, Dr. Phillips recognizes the importance of financial support in the final year of doctoral work, the contribution of teaching assistants to the department, and the need to provide financial assistance for the next generation of scholars and academics in the field of Kinesiology. Dr. Phillips was awarded fellowship support during her final year of doctoral study in the specialization of biomechanics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Without such support, her dissertation would not have been completed in time to begin her career at the University of Maryland in 1978. Throughout her tenure at Maryland, Dr. Phillips was very actively involved with Kinesiology graduate students not only while serving as advisor and departmental Director of Graduate Studies but also in working with the Graduate School to secure recruitment fellowships and dissertation fellowships for Kinesiology students. As Graduate School support for these initiatives has diminished, it is particularly important that other initiatives,such as this endowment, provide financial support for the Kinesiology academic professionals of the future.