Faculty & Staff

David J. Szymanski, Ph.D., CSCS*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA

Professor, Department Chair

Department of Kinesiology

Eva Cunningham Endowed Professorship in Education

Power Lift Sport Science Educational Board Member

Department of Kinesiology

Louisiana Tech University

Biography:

Dr. David Szymanski is a Professor of Kinesiology, with an emphasis in exercise physiology focusing on how to enhance sports performance and was formerly (2006 - 2014) the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the baseball team at Louisiana Tech University. At LaTech, he has been awarded the Virgil Orr Undergraduate Teaching Award as well as the University Senate Chair Award. He is one of the Power Lift Sport Science Educational Board Members. One of his roles is to write evidence-based articles that relate to the strength and conditioning field (www.power-lift.com) . He is a former member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Board of Directors having served two, three year terms (2011-14 and 2014-17), is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction, Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Emeritus, and a Fellow of the NSCA, as well as is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and Strength and Conditioning Journal.

Dr. Szymanski was formerly the Exercise Physiologist for the Auburn University baseball team for five years and a volunteer assistant baseball coach for two years. Before attending Auburn University, where he earned a Doctorate degree in Exercise Physiology, Szymanski was the Assistant Baseball Coach and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the baseball team at Texas Lutheran University for five years. He has been involved in over 20 research studies involving high school and college baseball players and has published numerous baseball research and training articles.

Graduate Classes Taught:

KINE 407: Exercise Prescription

KINE 408: Exercise Physiology

KINE 418: Strength and Conditioning

KINE 509: Tests and Measurement

KINE 526: Physiology of Exercise I

KINE 536: Physiology of Exercise II

KINE 546: Physiology of Strength & Conditioning

Research Interests:

Baseball & Softball Performance

Sports Performance

Strength & Conditioning


Jordan Blazo, Ph.D., NASPSPA, LACUE

Assistant Professor

Department of Kinesiology

Louisiana Tech University

Biography:

Jordan Blazo is an Assistant Professor of Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity in the Department of Kinesiology. Dr. Blazo has earned his Doctrate degree in Kinesiology (Specialization: Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity) from Michigan State University. He is also a member of North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), and Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE)

Dr. Blazo is interested in studying family and child relationships in physical activity contexts. Specifically, Dr. Blazo is focused on studying the ways that sibling influence and shape one another’s physical activity experiences. Currently, he is investigating the role of siblings in developing perceptions of ability in sport, the correlates of sibling relationship qualities in sport, and how sibling relationships inform our peer interactions in the physical domain. His previous research experience has included a NIH-funded project examining the effects (i.e., cognitive, behavioral, and social) associated with a before-school activity program for children with ADHD symptoms.

In addition to Dr. Blazo’s research pursuits, he has worked with athletes, teams, and coaches on mental conditioning for performance enhancement. Example topics have included: mental toughness, confidence, performance anxiety, team building, leadership development, and motivation.

Courses Taught:

KINE 202: Foundations of Kinesiology

KINE 316: Exercise and Sport Psychology

KINE 333: Motor Learning

KINE 420: Sports and Society

KINE 508: Research Methods in Kinesiology

KINE 531: Youth Sport and Exercise Psychology

KINE 538: Motivation in Physical Activity

KINE 539: Sport Psychology

KINE 540: Sport Impact on Society

Research Interests:

Youth Sport

Family Dynamics

Sibling Relationships


Benjamin H. Gleason, Ph.D., CSCS*D, RSCC, USAW2

Assistant Professor

Department of KinesiologyLouisiana Tech UniversityEmail: gleasonb@latech.edu

Biography:

Dr. Gleason is an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology with advanced training in sport performance enhancement. He played collegiate football at the University of Memphis (1996-1997), and club rugby in Australia before serving as an administrative officer in US Air Force from 2002-2006. Following his master’s work at Old Dominion University, he worked in multiple human performance roles, with stops at Hampton University (2008-2009) and Eglin Air Force Base (2009-2012). In 2012 he enrolled in the East Tennessee State University doctoral program in Sport Physiology and Performance, and worked with ROTC, ETSU collegiate sports, and the Science Hill High School football program. During his last year at ETSU he served as the head strength and conditioning coach for Olympic sports. In 2015 he worked as a data analyst at Ft. Bragg, NC, and then as assistant professor of exercise science at Northwestern State University from 2016-2017. He has been an active member in the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2008, serving on the Tennessee State advisory board and speaking at several coaching conferences and high-performance events.

Classes Taught:

KINE 407: Exercise Prescription

KINE 418: Strength and Conditioning

KINE 518: Recent Literature and Research in Kinesiology

KINE 526: Physiology of Exercise

KINE 547: Performance and Drugs

Research Interests:

Enhancement of performance (especially American football)

Athlete monitoring & performance testing

Coach education

Mu Qiao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Kinesiology

Louisiana Tech University

Biography:

Dr. Qiao is an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology with research interests in biomechanics, movement science, and human motor control. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the kinesiology program at the Arizona State University in 2012. During his Ph.D., he studied the control of human walking and running during unsteady state. His research is to understand the mechanism of reducing injury in daily activities and improving sports performance. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (2012-2014), Penn State University (2014-2016), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016-2018). He has been serving as reviewers for Journal of Biomechanics, Gait and Posture, and Journal of Clinical Biomechanics.

Classes Taught

KINE 333: Motor Learning

KINE 423: Biomechanics

KINE 520: Motor Development & Learning

KINE 532: Lab Techniques in Sport Performance

KINE 534: Advanced Biomechanics

KINE 542: Mechanisms of Sports Injury & Rehab

Research Interests

The visual-motor control of human locomotion

Control of human walking and running during unsteady state

Modeling and simulation in biomechanics

Human motor control


Mr. Vishesh Singh, MS (Sport Performance)

Instructor, Director of Human Performance Laboratories

Department of Kinesiology

Louisiana Tech University

Biography

Mr. Vishesh Singh is an instructor in department of kinesiology and Director of Human Performance lab (2016- present). He has two Bachelor Degrees. One is in Bachelor of Physical therapy (India) and other one is in Bachelor of Science (Botany and Chemistry). He has done his Masters in Kinesiology with concentration in Sport Performance. As a part of his Masters degree, he did his internship as Strength and condition intern with Louisiana Tech football team. Before He came to Louisiana Tech University, he had worked as a physical therapist for a year in India.

Classes Taught:

KINE 292: Preventive health and wellness

KINE 326: Functional Anatomy

KINE 408: Exercise Physiology

Research Interest

Biomechanics of Human Movement.

Sport Performance


Faculty For Sport Pedagogy Laboratory

YuChun “Jean” Chen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Kinesiology

Louisiana Tech University

Biography:

Dr. Chen is an Associate Professor of Sport Pedagogy at the Department of Kinesiology. She earned her Ph.D. in Sport Pedagogy from the University of Alabama, M.A. in Sport Management from California State University Long Beach, and B.Ed. in Physical Education from National Taiwan Normal University (#1 teacher education university in Taiwan). She has involved in numerous community services that promote healthy, physically active lifestyle. Her research interests include health and physical education teacher education, curriculum models and program effectiveness. She enjoys endurance running, cycling and swimming. She has an older sister, a younger brother, two nephews and a beautiful niece. Her advice for career goals: "Do what you love, love what you do." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Classes Taught:

KINE 113: Intro To Teaching in Physical Education

KINE 202: Foundations of Kinesiology

KINE 203: Fund of Movement and Instruction

KINE 255: Individual Sports and Physical Activities

KINE 256: Aerobic Conditioning, Strength Conditioning, and Aquatics

KINE 265: Team Sports and Group Activities

KINE 354: Health Education Methods

KINE 402: Measurement and Evaluation in Health and Physical Education

KINE 440: Materials and Methods in Health and Physical Education in Elementary Schools

KINE 457: Materials and Methods in Teaching Middle and Secondary School Health and Physical Education

KINE 518: Recent Literature and Research in Kinesiology

KINE 545: Health Promotion and Wellness

KINE 548: Administration of Sport and Exercise

KINE 549: Facility, Event & Human Resource Management

Research Interests:

Teaching and learning in health and physical education

Measurement and evaluation in health and physical education

Curriculum models in physical education