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Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport: Full-time Faculty - Mark Schafer

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Mark Schafer, Ph.D., CEP, CSCS

Mark Schafer, Ph.D., CEP, CSCS

Undergraduate Program Coordinator- Exercise Science / Graduate Program Coordinator - Kinesiology - Associate Professor

Office:  Smith Stadium East 1059
Phone:  (270) 745-5857


PhD: University of Pittsburgh

M.S.: Ohio University

B.S.: Ohio University






EXS 223: Health Related Fitness - Exercise Science

EXS 296: Practicum in Exercise Science

EXS 412 Exercise Testing & Prescription 

EXS 420 Clinical Exercise Physiology

EXS 496: Internship in Exercise Science

EXS 498: Capstone Res Exp Exercise Science

KIN 501: Research Methods Kinesiology

KIN 514 Lab Methods in Exercise Physiology

KIN 522 Advanced Exercise Testing & Prescription

KIN 523 Seminar in Exercise Physiology

KIN 600: Maintain Matriculation



Selected Publications:

Schafer M.A., Kell H, Navalta J.W., Tibana R, Lyons T.S., and Arnett S.A.  (2014) Effects of a Simulated Tennis Match on Lymphocyte Subset Measurements.  Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 85, 90-96.

Schafer, M.A., Goss, F.L., Robertson, R.J., Nagle-Stilley, E.F., and Kim, K. (2013). Intensity selection and regulation using the OMNI scale of perceived exertion during intermittent exercise. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 38, 960–966.

Schafer, M.A., Robertson, R.J., Thekkada, S.J., Gallagher, M., Hunt, S.E., Goss, F.L., and Aaron, D.J. (2013). Validation of the OMNI RPE Seven Day Exertional Recall Questionnaire. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 84, 363–372.

Navalta, J.W., Lyons, S., Prestes, J., Arnett, S.W., Schafer, M., Sobrero, G.L. Exercise intensity and lymphocyte subset apoptosis. International Journal of Sports Medicine 2013; 34(3), p. 268-273.

Navalta J, Lyons T, Pereira G, Arnett SW, Schafer M, Esslinger F, and Sobrero G. Effectiveness of blended instruction utilizing on-line lectures and split classes in delivering an applied exercise physiology course. Medical Physiology Online 2012; published Jan 14, 2012 available from

Friedman R, Navalta J, Fedor E, Kell H, Lyons T, Arnett S, and Schafer M. Repeated High-Intensity Wingate Cycle Bouts Influence Lymphocyte Migration but not Apoptosis.  Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 2012; 37(2):241-6.

Gallagher M, Robertson R, Nagle F, Goss F, Schafer M, Hostler D, and Suyama J. Development of a Perceptual Hyperthermia Index to Evaluate Heat Strain during Treadmill Exercise.  Euorpean Journal of Applied Physiology. 2012; 112(6): 2025-2034.   


Exercise Science Program Coordinator (2013-Present)

Kinesiology Program Coordinator (2014-Present)

Exercise Science webpage coordinator. Update and maintain program website (2012-Present)

Faculty Advisor and founder of the Exercise Science Club (2008-2015)

Faculty Advisor for the Run Club (2012-2014)

Faculty Advisor for the WKU Hillbomber's Longboard Club (2012-2013)

Faculty Senate, Senate Representative (2008-2011)

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Sentate Representative (2009-2010)

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Sentate Representative Alternate (2010-2011)

Buildings and space committee, Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport representative (2011-Present)

Master Advisor Certificate (MAC) (2010)

Southeast American College of Sports Medicine abstract reviewer (2010, 2012 & 2013)

Southeast American College of Sports Medicine presentation chair (2010 & 2012)

Body composition assessment for Western Kentucky University's Volleyball team (2008, 2011, 20121 & 2013)

Academic Transitions Program (ATP)/TOP advising (2008-Present)

Spirit Masters (2008-2013)

Majors and Minors Fair (2008-2013)

REACH week judge for poster presentations (2016)

CHHS academic complaint committee (2016)

CHHS Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (2017-Present)

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