CHRISTOPHER AIKEN, PhD
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Dr. Aiken specializes in practice manipulations that facilitate the learning or re-learning of a motor skill. Primary research interests include the effects of physical and cognitive stress on motor performance and learning, the transfer of motor skills from one effector to another, and learner-controlled feedback.
YONG WOO AN, PhD
Assistant Professor, Athletic Training Program
Dr. Yong Woo An is an Assistant Professor of Athletic Training program in the Department of Kinesiology and Dance at new Mexico State University. Dr. An obtained his bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Michigan State University in 2009; a master of science degree in Athletic Training at the University of Florida in 2011; and a doctoral degree in Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS) program at the University of Delaware in 2016. Read more
College Assistant Professor, Physical Education
Raquel Aranda holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages with an emphasis in Spanish; a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Physical Education both from NMSU. She works closely with Dr. Kim Oliver to help pre-service teachers within the Physical Education Program to become student-centered. Read more
Professor, Kinesiology: Exercise Physiology
Dr. Berning joined New Mexico State University as Director the Exercise Physiology Laboratory after completing his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2003. Dr. Berning currently serves as the Program Director for Kinesiology, Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Academic Program Director for NMSU’s National Strength and Conditioning Association Educational Recognized Program in Strength and Conditioning. Read more
College Instructor, Dance Program Director
Ann has a Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in Dance from NMSU and a Bachelor of Social Work from North Texas State University. She has been on the New Mexico State University dance faculty since 2000. Ann is currently the Director of Dance and NMSU’s Contemporary Dance Theater. She co-directs the Methods In Learning Kinesthetically (MILK) project in Fairacres Elementary School and MILK fieldtrips in area elementary schools. Read more.
Associate professor, Athletic training
Dr. Gear is an Associate Professor and Director of the Athletic Training Program in the Kinesiology and Dance Department at NMSU. Prior to coming to NMSU, Dr. Gear served as a faculty member and Program Director of Athletic Training at Marywood University in Scranton, PA; the University of Minnesota Duluth in Duluth MN; California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA; and at California State University Dominguez Hills in Dominguez Hills, CA. Dr. Gear has over twenty-five years of experience as an Athletic Trainer, and over eighteen years experience as an Athletic Training educator. Read more.
College Associate Professor, Dance
Mr. Gilpin has a degree in Dance from the University of New Mexico where he trained extensively in Spanish Dance, Modern and Ballet. He was on the faculty at UNM from 1986-1998 where he was a soloist for Ritmo Flamenco and a member of Dance España. Read more
Interim Department Head
Professor, Inorganic Chemistry
Dr. Jonson’s research at NMSU has evolved due to his changing interests and due to the pressures of funding. At present he has three programs underway. These are (1) reactivity of molecules in confined media (reverse micelles); (2) the exploration of the fundamental and environmental chemistry of the ferrate ion, FeO42-, and (3) the chemistry of amavadin and its derivatives (HIDCs).
DAVID KEELEY, PhD
Associate Professor, Biomechanics
Dr. Keeley has been conducting research regarding the biomechanics of movement in athletes since 2006. Keeley uses biomechanics to model each segment of the body mathematically to determine the center of mass and is currently developing a study to see how these mass ratios relate to improving performance and how they contribute to injury. Read more
Dr. Knapp came to New Mexico State University in the fall of 2001. Debra is a Professor of Dance. She has been on the dance faculties of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Palucca School Academy of Performing Arts in Dresden Germany. Read more
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Dr. Sang Rok Lee is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Kinesiology and Dance at New Mexico State University. Dr. Lee obtained his bachelor’s degree in Sport and Leisure Studies from the Daejeon University; a master’s degree in Physical Education at Kookmin University and in Exercise Physiology at Southern Illinois University; and a doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology at the Florida State University. Read more
College Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Shon Meyer has served the NMSU community for the previous eight years while holding the position of Assist. Director of Fitness & Wellness. Meyer now instructs Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology-based courses for the Department. He is actively involved with internationally recognized organizations within the field of Exercise Science such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), through which he has earned multiple credentials. Read more
College Assistant Professor
Kim O’Connell-Brock is a 1994 graduate of the Athletic Training Program at New Mexico State University. She became nationally certified in 1994 and completed a Masters degree in Athletic Training at California University of Pennsylvania in 1995. Kim has been active in the New Mexico Athletic Trainers Association as well as an active member of regional and national organizations since 1992, and is currently the Student Advisor to the Rocky Mountain Student Athletic Trainers Association. Read more
Professor, Physical Education Pedagogy
Dr. Oliver directs the Physical Education Teacher Education Program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from California State University, Chico; a Master’s degree in Physical Education from California State University, Fresno; and a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. Read more
Associate Professor, Kinesiology: Motor Learning/Sport Psych
Phillip Post is exploring how imagery affects performance and how athletes use and employ imagery. Imagery can be described as a multisensory experience that mimics real-life experiences. It is the mental skill most frequently used by athletes, and the number of athletes and coaches who report using it is increasing. Read more.
Professor, Kinesiology: Clinical Exercise Science
Dr. Wood received his Bachelors degree as a double major in Physical Education and Biology. From there he received his Graduate Education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and received his PhD in Kinesiology in 1996. Bob has served as a faculty member in Higher Education since 1997. Read more