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I have been a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) through The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) since 2000. My career path began as an Assistant Professor at Greensboro College in 2006, before coming to Southeast Missouri State University in 2010.

My line of research in doctorate school focused on lipid and lipoprotein changes with exercise. I have also become more involved with body composition changes over time in Division I athletes and recreationally active individuals. I have been active within the Central States Chapter of ACSM since 2010, and am currently the Executive Director.

Teaching is the best way to learn.

Dr. Jason Wagganer, Professor

What area do you teach?

Exercise Science, Health Sciences

Education/Degree(s)

Ph.D. Exercise Physiology 2009, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.S. Nutrition and Exercise Science 2002, Southeast Missouri State University
B.S. Health Management: Fitness & Sports Medicine 2000, Southeast Missouri State University

Your Philosophy of Teaching

To integrate real-life experience into lectures as a means of producing a better understanding of human physiology and motion. Real-life experience helps the student better understand the role of bones, muscles and metabolic systems during exercise. The best way to apply real-life experience after a lecture is to then study in groups. This leads to my primary philosophy of teaching which is, 'Teaching is the best way to learn.' Learning material, then teaching it to a peer will provide students life-long knowledge.

Why did you decide to teach?

I started teaching as a graduate assistant for my Master's degree and loved the challenge of teaching students information in an applicable and organized manner. I really enjoyed finding the best learning method to apply, which most effectively led to students understanding material quicker and more in-depth.

Credentials/Career Path

I have been a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) through The American College of Sports Medicine since 2000. My career path began as an Assistant Professor at Greensboro College in 2006, before coming to Southeast Missouri State University in 2010. My line of research in doctorate school focused on lipid and lipoprotein changes with exercise. I have also become more involved with body composition assessment in college-aged individuals and athletes as well as working more closely with the strength and conditioning staff on velocity based training [i.e., how fast to move a barbell based upon the motion (i.e., power clean, snatch, jerk, etc.) and desired outcome (i.e., strength or power)].

Professional Highlights

  • 2015-2018: President of Central States Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine
  • 2014: Received a $5,000 Summer Research Fellowship, studying the effects of High-Intensity Interval Traininig (HIT) on cardiac rehabilitation patients
  • 2010-2013: Received three Grants and Research Funding Committee (GRFC) internal grants totally over $17,000

Awards/Honors/Recognitions

  • 2020 Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
  • 2005: Susan Stout Research Award, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Most Recent/Notable Published Work

  • Syed-Abdul, M.M., Soni, D.S., Barnes, J.T., & Wagganer, J.D. Comparative Analysis of BIA, IBC, and DXA for Determining Body Fat in American Football Players. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, (2021). doi: 10.23736/S0022-4707.2
  • Syed-Abdul, M.M., Soni, D.S., Xin, L., & Wagganer, J.D. (2020). Effects of Eating While Walking on Blood Glucose Concentrations. Endocrines, 1, 13-21. doi:10.3390/endocrines1010002.
  • 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, 33(12):3236-3241. doi: 10.1519/JSC.000000000000333
  • Syed-Abdul, M.M., Soni, D. S., & Wagganer, J.D. (2018). Impact of a Professional Nutrition Program on a Female Cross-Country Collegiate Athlete: A Case Report. Sports, 6, 82; doi:10.3390/sports6030082study.
  • Wagganer, J.D. & Williamson, K.A. (2018). The Effects of Body Weight on Sleep Quantity and Quality in College Students. Journal of Public Health Issues and Practices, 2:113.

Organizations with Which You are Involved

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine