Educator of the Year

The Educator of the Year Award is presented to an educator who has made noteworthy contributions to education and clinical application of strength training and conditioning.

Current members are encouraged to nominate a deserving individual for Educator of the Year. Nominees must meet the Award Eligibility outlined below to be considered.

Congratulations to the 2020 winner!

Chad M. Kerksick, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA

Kerksick is an Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Director of the Exercise and Performance Nutrition Laboratory in the School of Health Sciences at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. His research focuses on the impact of exercise and nutritional interventions on health and performance in healthy, competitive and clinical populations in addition to studying intramuscular responses to resistance training. Kerksick has published over 90 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, given over 150 research presentations, authored multiple chapters, and edited two books on sports nutrition. Kerksick formerly served as the NSCA State Director for New Mexico. He currently serves on the NSCA Foundation Board of Directors and is a Senior Associate Editor for The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and an Associate Editor of Strength and Conditioning Journal.

View Kerksick's Press Release.

Award Eligibility

NSCA Membership for 2 consecutive years*
NSCA Certification (CSCS or NSCA-CPT)
Degrees conferred
Has not received award previously

*Consectutive membership is counted back from the date the award is to be conferred.

Additional requirements listed in the General Awards Criteria, include but not limited to, the nominee must be nominated by a member in good standing and nominees will be sent a criteria sheet to fill out that must be returned before the required deadline. 

Past Award Recipients Include:

2019 - Rhodri S. Lloyd, PhD, CSCS,*D 2009 - Jose Antonio, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA
2017 - Matt Stock, PhD, CSCS,*D 2008 - Margaret T. Jones, PhD, CSCS,*D
2016 - Brent A. Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, FACSM, FNSCA 2007 - Ellyn M. Robinson, DPE, CSCS,*D
2015 - Jeffrey R. Stout, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA 2006 - Terry Housh, PhD, FNSCA
2014 - Andrew C. Fry, PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA 2005 - David R. Pearson, PhD, CSCS,*D
2013 - Jared Coburn, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA, FACSM 2004 - Mike Greenwood, PhD, CSCS,*D
2012 - Michael A. Martino, PhD, CSCS 2003 - Jay R. Hoffman, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D
2010 - Lee E. Brown, EdD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA 2002 - William J. Kraemer, PhD, CSCS

How is this recipient selected?

  1. Nominations must be received before the established deadline.
  2. NSCA Headquarters will verify Eligibility Requirements, minimum category requirements, and overall points for nominees have been met.
  3. Qualified nominees will be notified.
    • If there are no qualifying nominees, the award will not be given.
  4. Top three nominees based on points will be sent to the Education Chair. The Education Chair will organize the vote.
    • Voting participants should be comprised of >50% Education Committee Members, with the remainder coming from past Educator of the Year award recipients.
    • Current Education Committee members are not eligible for this award.
    • The Chair will notify NSCA Headquarters and the Awards and Honors Committee Chair of the vote result.
    • The Education Committee will not notify the recipient.
  5. The Awards and Honors Committee Chair will:
    • Notify the Board of Directors of the recipient
  6. The NSCA National Headquarters will:
    • Notify the recipient of the award.
    • Send regret notifications.
    • Create a Press Release announcement of the winner.
    • Will verify attendance at the National Conference awards banquet.
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