“While the paths our students take are quite variable, the one constant is that our graduates accomplish their goals.”
Kirk Abraham's teaching focuses on the scientific aspects of exercise science. "By emphasizing physiological mechanisms, students grasp the ‘how' and ‘why' of health, fitness, and performance," he explains. "In the classroom, I want students to apply this fundamental knowledge to real world issues like disease, disease prevention, possible treatments, and potential avenues for scientific research."
Abraham frequently involves students in his own research. "I have students help with research design, subject recruitment, data analysis, and laboratory procedures," he says.
This work has resulted in numerous invitations to regional and national meetings of professional organizations. A recent example is a paper on the effects of red wine and ethanol on glucose, insulin, and C-peptide responses that summarizes a study by Abraham and Bev Harris '12 and was chosen for presentation at the 2012 annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in Jacksonville, Fla.
"I enjoy witnessing students' academic progress," says Abraham. "Many of them come to campus unsure of a major, and they graduate four years later as experts in their fields. With our small classes, modern facilities and equipment, a foundation in the liberal arts, and a required internship, they're prepared to accomplish anything."