Mark Van Ness

Mark Van Ness

Professor and Chair
Room 210
Main Gym

PhD, Florida State University, 1997

MS, California State University Sacramento, 1993

BS, Wheaton College, Exercise Physiology, 1990

Teaching Interests

It has been said that "People cannot learn by having information pressed into their brains. Knowledge has to be sucked into the brain, not pushed in". Presenting information in a lecture format is inadequate for in-depth understanding.  An effective instructor will create a collective state of mind within the classroom that craves knowledge, interest and wonder. This atmosphere will create an urge to learn and understand. How this state of mind is created depends on the instructor. Telling stories to illustrate a point, citing strange research strategies to address a hypothesis, or even acting out a famous historical researchers early experiments can produce interest in students.  

The pinnacle of teaching is creating an experience that provides lasting understanding of a concept. 

Research Focus
  • Immune dysfunction in women
  • Sympathoadrenal activation during exercise
  • Cardiovascular physiology