WVU Exercise Physiology Ranked 7th Nationally

Every faculty member of West Virginia University’s Division of Exercise Physiology has had work published.  That achievement is why Exercise Physiology at WVU has earned the seventh place ranking on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2007 Top Research Universities Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index.

This index measures and ranks the productivity of faculty members in Ph.D. programs across the country.  Faculty members are judged on multiple factors, such as published books; journal publications; citations of journal articles; federal grant dollars awarded; and other honors and awards.

WVU is one of only two schools on the list to have 100 percent of the Exercise Physiology faculty member’s work published in a journal article. 

According to Stephen Alway, Ph.D., chair of WVU Exercise Physiology, this is the first time the program appeared on the list.  Alway attributes the ranking in part to an increase in faculty recruitment.

“In the last several years the Health Sciences administration has made a push toward better recruitment,” Alway said.  “Exercise Physiology’s recruitment targets well–trained faculty who are often already grant–funded, or partially grant–funded, when they join our staff.”

Alway said that national program recognition, such as this ranking, helps the WVU School of Medicine, particularly the Exercise Physiology division, by increasing the program’s national visibility. 

The WVU Exercise Physiology Ph.D. program is only eight–years–old, fairly young compared to other programs of its kind.

“When a young program like Exercise Physiology achieves this kind of recognition, it’s a true testament to the faculty’s hard work and dedication,” John Prescott, M.D., dean of the WVU School of Medicine, said.  “WVU is making strides in its research and education programs that will one day make the school an elite member of the nation’s top 25 medical programs.  Faculty members within Exercise Physiology are helping us to attain that goal.”

“Our goal is to be ranked in the top five next year,” Alway said.  “As the program continues to grow and our faculty and student research funding expands, I’m confident that a few years down the road we will hold the first place spot.” 

In addition to the students in masters and doctoral programs, nearly 800 undergraduate students are part of the WVU School of Medicine Division of Exercise Physiology.  A high percentage of them will go on to professional schools for additional training including medical school; or schools for dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. 

For more information, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/ep/index.asp.                                       

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For more information:
Cassie Waugh, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
cw: 01-08-08

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