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I teach classes in the Health Management BS Degree Program and the MS Nutrition and Exercise Science Program. I also serves as the Health Unit Coordinator for KNR and the Graduate Coordinator for the MS Nutrition and Exercise Science Program. I also serve as the faculty advisor to the Southeast Missouri State University Health and Wellness Association.

Since 2012 I have served as Director of the grant-funded Southeast Regional Prevention Center (RPC). The mission of the RPC is to promote and facilitate the development of community prevention initiatives concerning the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by serving as a catalyst for mobilization and change in the six Southeast Missouri counties: Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Madison, Perry, Scott, and Sainte Genevieve.

In the community I have been active with the American Heart Association, The Healthy Communities Coalition, Saint Francis Medical Center and Southeast Hospital. I serve on the Board of Directors and am a former President of Project CHARLIE (Chemical Abuse Resolution Lies In Education). This is a substance misuse prevention program for elementary school students. Since 2007 I have taught a weekly Project CHARLIE class at Franklin Elementary School in Cape Girardeau.

I am passionate about improving the health of others. I have directed a wide variety of health promotion programs in corporate, community and university settings. I am also passionate about experiential learning and get students involved in most of these programs. My research interests include health behavior change, body composition assessment and weight loss programs, substance abuse prevention and worksite health promotion.

While at Southeast I have co-authored 30 articles and 60 abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, 3 book chapters, and has received over $3,000,000 in external funding. I have given over 40 national presentations, 36 regional presentations, 10 state presentations and numerous presentations at the local level.

My wife Pamela and I have three children: a daughter Taylor and twins Matthew and Emma. My hobbies include working out, reading, fishing, cooking, playing guitar in the band "Old School", going to concerts and listening to music.

MOST RECENT/NOTABLE PUBLISHED WORK

Miller, W.M., Barnes, J.T., Sofo, S.S., & Wagganer, J.D. (2019). Comparison of Myoelectric Activity during a Suspension-Based and Traditional Split Squat. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Jul;32(7):1816-1820. doi: 10.1519/JSC.000000000000333
WHAT AREA DO YOU TEACH?

Health Promotion & Exercise Science

EDUCATION/DEGREE(S)

Ph.D. Health Education
University of Missouri
Concentration: Health Promotion and Wellness Education
Support areas: Exercise Science & Nutrition

M.S. Recreation and Parks Administration
University of Missouri
Concentration: Therapeutic Recreation

B.A. (Hons) Leisure Studies
Leeds University, England

YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING

I try to help students understand the relevance of the material covered in each class and give examples to help with student comprehension. I also firmly believe that students learn best if given opportunities to practice skills they have learned so I try to incorporate experiential activities into all classes. Creating an environment where students can have fun in class is also important.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TEACH?

When I was at the University of Missouri working toward my Ph.D. I had the opportunity to teach undergraduate classes and fell in love with teaching. Teaching has many challenges but I am passionate about the importance of prevention and try to share that passion with students.

CREDENTIALS/CAREER PATH

Certified Reciprocal Prevention Specialist (CRPS): Missouri Credentialing Board Inc.

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHT

Receiving over $3,000,000 of external funding for the University

Getting mentioned in newspapers such as the LA Times for some research I had conducted.

AWARD/HONOR/RECOGNITION

Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association Faculty Merit Award, 2017.

State of Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Education, 2011

Southeast Missouri State University: Provost's Research, Instruction, and Development for Excellence (PRIDE) Award, 2010.

Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce: University Educator of the Year, 2009

ORGANIZATION WITH WHICH YOU ARE INVOLVED

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

The Missouri Prevention Network (MPN)

BEST ADVICE FOR STUDENTS

Come to class, ask questions and get involved in your community

I try to help students understand the relevance of the material covered in each class and give examples to help with student comprehension. I also firmly believe that students learn best if given opportunities to practice skills they have learned so I try to incorporate experiential activities into all classes. Creating an environment where students can have fun in class is also important.

Jeremy Barnes, Professor