Senlin Chen, PhD (Click here for CV)
Dr. Chen has joined the Kinesiology family since 2011. His research is focused on youth motivation and learning in physical education and physical activity settings. An active fellow of SHAPE America Research Council, Dr. Chen has published 30 papers in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. His recent research revolves around the development and evaluation of SWITCH P.E., a curriculum unit designed to enhance energy balance education in schools. Outside of work, Dr. Chen enjoys participating in fitness activities (triathlon and weight lifting), recreational activities (golf, disc golf, geocaching and fishing), and dual (tennis, pickleball) and team sports (basketball).
Current Graduate Students in Pedagogical Kinesiology
Yang Liu, M.Ed
Yang is a doctoral student in Pedagogical Kinesiology. A former swimmer and swimming coach, Yang joined our program in fall 2015. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Tianjing Institute of Sport and master's degree from Jiangxi Normal University, both in physical education. Yang is a quarter time research assistant and a quarter time teaching assistant. He has a strong desire to study the theories and methods related to pedagogical kinesiology. As a first time instructor at the university level, Yang is enjoying teaching students swimming and aquatic fitness at ISU.
Rachel is a BS/MS degree seeking student in the Diet and Exercise program, an unique program affiliated with Department of Kinesiology and Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at ISU. An Omaha (NE) native, Rachel is inquisitive and passionate about public health promotion. She brings an important perspective to the PK lab with her knowledge and skills in both sides of the energy balance equation. Rachel is a certified fitness trainer. She has been a major contributor to SWITCH P.E..
Jessica Velthoff, B.S.
Jessie is a MS degree seeking student from spring 2016. Jessie received her B.S. degree in exercise science from University of Northern Iowa. She is also pursuing her initial teaching licensure to teach physical education in Iowa. Jessie is a teaching assistant and research assistant helping coordinate the Iowa FitnessGram Initiative project.
Former Graduate Students in Pedagogical Kinesiology
Yoonho Nam, M.S..
Yoonho obtained his M.S. degree in kinesiology from ISU in the summer of 2015. His areas of interest lie in childhood obesity prevention, physical activity promotion, energy balance knowledge, and activity monitors validation. Yoonho was involved in the SWITCH Obesity Prevention Program and SWITCH PE projects. His thesis focused on evaluating the effect of SWITCH PE on students in-class physical activity, daily physical activity and sedentary behaviors. Yoonho is currently working on his doctoral degree at the University of Northern Colorado.
Nathan Fleming, M.S.
Nathan obtained his M.S. from ISU with an initial Iowan PE teaching licensure. Before joining our program, Nathan got his BS degree from University of Iowa. He studied under Dr. Chen between 2012 and 2014. Nathan love to teach and interact with children. He staffed in an ISU afterschool physical activity program called "Swim N Gym". His terminal project was actually implemented in the program. The creative component project was titled as "Energy balance education in a youth physical activity program". A few months after graduation, Nathan has been playing professional soccer in a Spanish soccer league and teaching in a local school.
Visiting Scholar in Pedagogical Kinesiology
Mr. Houliang Jing, B.Ed
Mr. Jing visited our lab between February 2014 and February 2015. He is currently a lecturer at Jinan University, China. Mr. Jing has published a number of papers in Chinese research journals. His areas of expertise are sports law, school physical education. During his visit at ISU, Mr. Jing and Dr. Chen worked on a paper which is currently under review by a peer-review journal.
Mr. Qi Fang, M.Ed
Mr. Fang is our visiting scholar from June 2016. He expects to visit and stay for 6-12 months in our lab. Mr. Fang is an associate professor in physical education at Xiamen University of Technology in Fujian Province of China. His primary area of research is the promotion of cheer-leading and physical activity in schools and colleges. Mr. Fang is also working on his doctorate degree at Hunan Normal University.
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