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Craig Harms named head of kinesiology

Monday, April 28, 2014

Craig Harms, professor and authority on exercise physiology, has been named head of the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Human Ecology.

Craig Harms

Craig Harms

The appointment will become effective June 8.

"I am very excited that Dr. Craig Harms will step into the role of head in the Department of Kinesiology,” said John Buckwalter, dean. "He will continue the tradition of strong leadership.”

David Dzewaltowski, who led the department for 14 years, is stepping aside to spend more time on research on community-based interventions promoting physical activity in children, he said.

Harms received a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Colorado State University and a doctorate from Indiana University. He was a post-doctoral fellow in cardiopulmonary physiology at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He joined the kinesiology department at Kansas State University in 1997 and has served as associate department head and undergraduate coordinator.

His research focuses on cardiopulmonary limitations to exercise, including gas exchange, respiratory muscle pressure development and ventilatory output in health and in disease throughout the lifespan. He is also interested in gender differences in these responses and how lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity affects airway inflammation and pulmonary function.

He is a fellow with the American College of Sports Medicine.

This spring Harms received the Myers-Alford Teaching Award established to honor a College of Human Ecology faculty member who demonstrates outstanding ability not only in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, but also in providing valuable information to colleagues, peers and other practitioners in the field.

He also has received K-State’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and the William L. Stamey Teaching Award at K-State.

He has published extensively and has given many scientific presentations. Extramural funding for his research has come from the National Institutes of Health, American Lung Association, American Heart Association and other agencies.

Harms has served on the national board of trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine and is currently associate editor-in-chief of Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise Journal, is on the editorial board of several journals and is a peer reviewer for other professional journals.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Monday, April 28, 2014, and is filed under College News, Kinesiology.