Michael R. Kushnick
Professor and Chair, Department of Applied Health and Exercise Sciences
Department: Department of Applied Health and Exercise Sciences
Office Location: Theatre 210
Ph.D., Exercise Physiology (Applied Physiology), Florida State University, 2003
M.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Louisville, 1999
B.S., Human Biology, Chadron State College, 1996
Dr. Michael Kushnick graduated from Mission Viejo High School and then attended Saddleback Community College, both in Mission Viejo, CA. He then moved to Nebraska to earn his B.S. in Human Biology from Chadron State College, Chadron Nebraska, his M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY and lastly his Ph.D. in Applied Physiology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.
Dr. Kushnick has been at Briar Cliff since fall 2017 as a Professor of Exercise Science and Department Chair. Previously, he taught at Ohio University for 14 years, along the way, serving as the Exercise Physiology Graduate Program Coordinator, Director of the Exercise Biochemistry Laboratory, co-Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Chair of the Interdisciplinary Health Studies Department and as a Fellow in the Office of the Dean of Health Science and Professions. In addition, Michael has served two stints on the Board of Directors of the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine and a three year term as the organization’s president.
Dr. Kushnick has a wealth of experience in teaching and scholarly productivity with an extensive history of research presentations, grants, publications and mentoring – including having mentored over 50 graduate students and well-over 100 undergraduate students in research projects, presentations, grants and other scholarly outlets.
He lives in Sioux City, IA with his wife and three daughters.
Peer-Reviewed Abstracts and Presentations:
- T. Kollasch, M. McGlynn, N. Hotta, M. Kushnick, No gender differences in blood flow restricted walk training. Presentation to Midwest American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, November 2018; Grand Rapids, MI. [Abstract] Midwest Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine Program; 2018.
Invited Presentations and Workshops:
M. Kushnick, M. McGlynn. Exercise can modify blood lipid profiles. Symposium to Midwest American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, November 2018; Grand Rapids, MI. [Abstract] Midwest Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine Program; 2018.
Awards & Honors
Funding (Grants) at Briar Cliff University:
H. Alessio, K. Timmerman, K. Vasold, M. Kushnick. The 3-Minute Proposal: Professional Development of Graduate Students. ACSM’s 2018 Regional Chapter Support Grant (December 2018, $3,000, Funded)
M. Kushnick, J. Hamman, M. McGlynn. Exercise is Medicine: Briar Cliff University’s Faculty/Student Olympics. Midwest American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine Support Grants 2018 (May 2018, $665).
Honors and Awards:
Recipient of the Founders Award, Midwest Chapter of the American Collee of Sports Medicine, November 2016
Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Anatomy & Applied Physiology (IJAAP), September 2016 to present
President and Past-President, Midwest American College of Sports Medicine, 2013 to 2014