Department of Kinesiology

West Chester University

Dr. Frank Fry
206 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: (610) 436-2260 or 2261
Fax: (610) 436-2860


Craig Stevens

W. Craig Stevens, Ph.D. arrived on campus in 1992 and is presently an associate professor of exercise science within the Department of Kinesiology. He serves as the NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative for West Chester University and has been a member of many university, college or department committees. Dr. Stevens is the advisor for the Exercise Science Club. For five years, he was the Assistant Chair for Exercise Science and Graduate Coordinator.

Dr. Stevens teaches several different exercise science courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He has also taught a variety of activities courses. Dr. Stevens has been recognized for his teaching.

His research interests are in the area of 1) exercise and environmental extremes, 2) improved athletic performance and 3) fitness especially in children and adolescents. Dr. Stevens has authored or co-authored several manuscripts, unpublished reports, and abstracts as well as given numerous invited talks. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and has reviewed a number of textbooks and manuscripts.

Dr. Stevens feels strongly that service to the profession is important. In December 2009 he will complete 9 years as executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter (MARC) of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He has also been a member at large and president of MARC. He served on several national level committees for both ACSM and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Prior to WCU, he spent 4 years as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the internationally renowned Institute for Environmental Medicine within the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. While there he consulted with UPenn athletic teams providing advice in the area of strength and conditioning. Dr. Stevens is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Stevens received his Ph.D. from Temple University in January of 1989. He majored in exercise physiology with a second concentration in medical physiology. Dr. Stevens received his Master of Science in Physical Education with a concentration in exercise physiology from Springfield College in 1982. Dr. Stevens graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1974 majoring in psychology.

Dr. Stevens has had extensive coaching experience. At the collegiate level, he has been an assistant coach for football and powerlifting. He was the head wrestling coach and sports information director at Johns Hopkins. At the high school level he was an assistant coach for football, wrestling, and lacrosse. Dr. Stevens coached football, wrestling, lacrosse, soccer, and swimming at the youth sports level. In addition, he has worked in the fitness industry, both in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Stevens holds several certifications. He is an ACSM Health Fitness Specialist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, YMCA Fitness and Advanced Fitness Specialist, USA Weightlifting Club Coach, ACA Flat Water Canoe Instructor, SMYRA Sailing Instructor, and a Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach