Chen to Serve as Chair of Exercise Science at BJU

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 16, 2016) – Dr. Stephen Chen will join the Bob Jones University faculty this fall as assistant professor, chair and program coordinator of exercise science in the School of Education’s Division of Health, Exercise and Sport Science. Previous to his new role, Chen served as a clinical assistant professor for the School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia as well as an adjunct assistant professor in the division of Health and Exercise Science at BJU.

“The Division of Health, Exercise & Sport Science is pleased to have Dr. Chen take leadership as the new chair and program coordinator for Exercise Science,” said Dr. Brian Carruthers, dean of the School of Education. “Dr. Chen brings a wealth of experience to the division and, with his leadership, we are excited for increased opportunities for our students.”

Chen earned a BS in Biology and Exercise Science (2001) from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and an MS (2004) and a PhD (2011) in Exercise Science from USC.

Also at USC, Chen served as a graduate research assistant in the Department of Exercise Science. He also served as an exercise leader with the Richland Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia as well as a personal trainer and fitness facility supervisor at Appalachian State University.

Chen is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and as a Health and Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine.

In addition to his classroom duties, Chen has participated in a number of professional presentations, symposia and workshops throughout his career. He has also assisted in publishing two peer reviewed publications and a plethora of abstracts featured in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

“I am grateful the Lord has led me and my family to Bob Jones University and look forward to being part of a campus that seeks to train the mind academically and the heart spiritually,” says Chen. “I am excited to instruct and prepare our students for a variety of careers available through Exercise and Sports Science so they can improve others’ physical and spiritual quality of life.”