Linda Jimenez

Linda  Jimenez
Lecturer and Program Director for Exercise and Sport Science
2153 Faculty Administration Building

Office Hours: By appointment.

313-577-6219 or text 313-241-6ESS


Linda earned a PhD in Learning Design & Technology specializing in organizational performance improvement. She has a Master of Education in Learning Design & Technology as well as a Master of Education in Kinesiology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Linda has her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science specializing in Athletic Training.



Linda Jimenez has over 30 years of experience in the field of kinesiology, physical activity, fitness, exercise, and wellness promotion. Linda was the recipient of the 2013-14 College of Education Faculty Service Award for her accomplishments within the Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies. Since assuming the position of the Exercise and Sport Science Program Coordinator, she has increased enrollment nearly 270% by implementing and designing systems of assessment, strategic planning, program development, sustainability, accountability, and scalable growth.

In 2005, she founded her own corporation and was the President/CEO of VIDA Enterprise, Inc., a business consulting and coaching company. As a bilingual serial entrepreneur, she served as an executive team member and principal within other companies to assist with strategic planning, business development, process mapping, execution, and measurable outcomes. Her innovation with systems of accountability provides sustainable success and growth. As a federal grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education, she has extensive experience in facilitating creative partnerships between large institutions to secure capital and federal funding. Furthermore, she is currently a principal with Fulcrum Edge, Inc. and a DTX Launch business coach with TechTown Detroit. Linda has helped clients from start-up to acquisition. She has a strong background in startups, logistics, public health, grant writing, minority-owned companies, and business strategies.

In 1997, she founded Get Active Detroit, a 501(c)(3) organization as the affiliate for the Michigan Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. In 1999, she founded a second 501(c)(3) organization, Detroit After-School All-Stars, as the Detroit chapter of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Youth Foundation. She secured over 3 million in funding by way of grants, sponsorships, and fundraising events during her tenure as executive director of these organizations.

Her civic involvements have included serving as a Trustee for the Henry Ford Health System Community Care board, a Commissioner on The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (COSW), and a member of the Gender and Equity sub-committee at Wayne State University. Linda and her husband, Salvador, have established The Jiménez Family Annual Scholarship for kinesiology students. She was the first Hispanic board member to serve on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

Her publications include: Promoting healthful diets and exercise: Efficacy of a 12-week after-school program in urban African Americans. Journal of the American Dietetic Association (2005); Effects of weighted vest during stead-rate walking in men and women. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference (2000).  These publications have been cited by over 60 other scholarly publications.



Program Director of Exercise and Sport Science (ESS), responsible for strategic planning, accountability, growth, and success of the undergraduate, Master's, and PhD programs.

Grant Coordinator of ESS Learning Community Program, a program that gives our students the skills, tools, and environment to progress and succeed at Wayne State University's College of Education. The main focus is enhancing KHS students' academic experience by providing dynamic, focused support and guidance as well as overseeing more than 20 student assistants.

ESS Academic Internship Coordinator, recruit community collaborators and supervise students for exercise science internships.

Lecturer, professor of professional perspectives in kinesiology.

Courses Taught

Professional Perspectives in Kinesiology
Individual Problems in Kinesiology
Cultural Foundations of Kinesiology
Exercise Science Internship
Senior Research Project
Internship in KHS
Entrepreneurship and Fund Raising in KHS
Workshop in Grant Writing


Community Engagement Activities

TechTown Detroit ~
Fulcrum Edge ~