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Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science

Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science

Dr. Clay Nicks

Associate Professor,
Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science

Office: Lumpkin Center 255
Phone: 706-568-5083
E-mail: nicks_clayton@columbusstate.edu

Education: Lipscomb University, Middle Tennessee State University

Specialty Areas: Exercise Science


Brief Bio: Dr. Clayton Nicks is the senior member of the Exercise Science faculty and serves director of the Exercise Science program which includes a B.S. and M.S degrees. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Performance / Exercise Science from Middle Tennessee State University and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine. Prior to arriving at CSU, he was a collegiate cross-country/ track and field head coach and a professional in the corporate health and wellness industry. During his time at CSU, Dr. Nicks helped lead efforts to implement the M.S. Exercise Science degree and he expanded the Exercise Science curriculum by developing a number of undergraduate and graduate courses. His research has focused on the muscles of inspiration and expiration, with additional interests in kinesmetrics and ergogenic aids to performance. He has maintained an active research agenda involving students as much as possible.

Dr. Nicks has served as Chair of the Institutional Review Board, President of the CSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, Executive Officer of the Faculty Senate, and several other committees. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Southeastern Chapter of the ACSM, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.