Industry Involvement

The College of Health & Human Performance at UF is committed to breaking down barriers, perceived and actual, between academia and industry. To achieve this goal, we are establishing industry advisory boards for each department within the college, as well as select institutes. Members of the advisory boards represent the many facets of industry that our students might explore upon graduation. Our advisory board members provide valuable insight into industry trends; ways to better prepare students for their careers; and opportunities for our faculty and students to support the needs of industry through research, internships, fellowships and other avenues.

Members choose to serve on these boards for a variety of reasons, including (but not limited to):

  • Desire to mentor and give back to the next generation
  • Interest in furthering the field where they have found career success
  • Providing “the me I wish I had” to students who are exploring career options
  • Philanthropic values that relate to the value of education
  • The belief that we can learn from one another and overcome challenges by inviting more voices to the conversation

Learn more about becoming an advisory board member

Email our Industry Advisory Board Liaison, Laura Barnes: laurabarnes@ufl.edu


Industry Advisory Boards


Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

The Applied Physiology & Kinesiology (APK) Industry Advisory Board is a volunteer group of successful professionals from a broad range of fields encompassed within applied physiology and kinesiology. This board assists the department in maintaining our status as a producer of excellent research, meaningful service and students who will become industry leaders. Members of the board are invited to participate based on a strong reputation of success in their field and an undeniable devotion to APK. Our members serve in two primary endeavors: advising and advocacy.


Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute

Funded and established in 2010 as the first endowed tourism institute at the University of Florida, the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute (EFTI) aims to lead visionary research and provide insight nationally and globally. EFTI’s missions are to connect with talented industry leaders in the state of Florida and beyond, advance cutting-edge research, create meaningful engagement opportunities and support higher education. The top 5 priorities for the EFTI Board include: strategizing recruitment, continuing and expanding philanthropic connections, expanding partnerships between industry and scholars, creating meaningful community engagement, and advancing meaningful practical research. LEARN MORE


Health Education & Behavior

The HEB Industry Advisory Board brings together diverse perspectives of professionals who support community health, mobile health technology, and disease prevention through health education and promotion. Advisory Board members bring a global view of health promotion interventions and a broad range of experiences to promote healthier living. HEB aims to create innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health challenges. 


Institute for Coaching Excellence

The Institute for Coaching Excellence is committed to investing in the professional, personal, and psychosocial development of coaches and other athlete-facing professionals who are shaping the current and next generation of athletes in high-performance sport environments. Members of this board have careers that directly relate to athletic coaching or similar athlete-facing roles. They believe that the best way to support athletes is through well-trained and highly-skilled coaches and staff who can focus on the holistic development of athletes, ensuring they receive maximum benefits from their playing careers and are prepared for their next chapter when their playing time has ended. LEARN MORE


Sport Management

The Sport Management (SPM) Advisory Board is composed of a diverse group of industry professionals whose career paths, interests and expertise represent the breadth and scope of the sport industry. The board continually strives to support the needs of students, identifies opportunities for UF SPM to serve industry and advance the field of sport management, both domestically and internationally.