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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


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

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

Related Articles

  • McDowell, K.W., Johnson, R.J., Kearney, M.L., Pujol, T.J., Walling, J.D., & Wagganer J.D. (2021). Body Composition and Power Output Changes in NCAA Division I American Football Linebackers Throughout a Competitive Season. International Journal of Strength and Conditioning,
  • Syed-Abdul, M.M., Soni, D.S., Barnes, J.T., & Wagganer, J.D. (2021). Comparative Analysis of BIA, IBC, and DXA for Determining Body Fat in American Football Players. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness doi: 10.23736/S0022-4707.21.11278-2.
  • 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.0000000000003338.
  • 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. doi:

Professional Organizations

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

Awards and Honors

  • Mentor, Leadership & Diversity Training Program, Level 1 Student, American College of Sport Medicine (2021)
  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine (2020).
  • $5,000 Summer Research Fellowship, studying the effects of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIT) on cardiac rehabilitation patients (2014).

Best Advice for Students

Students need to study to learn the material, not memorize the material. Once learned, they should teach the material to another student.