Joe Berning


Joseph M. Berning, Ph.D., C.S.C.S.

Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
Program Director: Kinesiology
Director: Exercise Physiology Laboratory
Academic Program Director: NMSU NSCA Strength & Conditioning Educational Recognized Program

Department of Kinesiology & Dance

New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001, MSC 3M
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Phone: (575) 646-3660

Curriculum Vita

Brief Biography

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.  In addition, he has actively served on several university, college and departmental committees.  Prior appointments include serving as a faculty member at the University of Louisville and adjunct faculty member at Jefferson Community College, Louisville, Kentucky and Elizabeth Town Community College, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Dr. Berning’s research interests include applied and functional strength training where his most recent research has focused on Post-Activation Potentiation.  He also has a strong interest in extreme sports and strength training.  His collaborations include working with colleagues at California State University Monterrey Bay (California), Hanover College (Indiana), LaGrange College (Georgia) and Southern Utah University (Utah.

Current Teaching

SPM 271: Anatomy and Physiology I (Fall, Spring & Summer)

SPM 271L: Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (Summer)

SPM 308: Exercise Physiology (Fall & Summer)

SPM 451/551: Advanced Exercise Physiology (Spring)

SPM 460/560:  Principles of Strength and Conditioning (Fall)

SPM 499: Problems in Exercise Science (Independent Study)

SPM 501: Special Topics in Exercise Science (Independent Study)

Previous Teaching Assignments

SPM 308L: Exercise Physiology Laboratory

SPM 330: Exercise Prescription

SPM 371: Anatomy and Physiology II


Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist-National Strength and Conditioning Association

American College of Sports Medicine

National Strength and Conditioning Association