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Dr. Shawn Simonson

Shawn Simonson

Dr. Shawn Simonson, Professor and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology at Boise State University, holds a doctorate in Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. His content areas are Exercise and Environmental Physiology. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as laboratory and performance oriented courses. Previous work experience includes most of the jobs that students in the Kinesiology department will find themselves performing.  Dr. Simonson has been at Boise State University since 2007 and this is his second academic position.

Since the fall of 2014, Dr. Simonson has also served a Faculty Associate in the Center for Teaching and Learning. In this role, he focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning, conducts training workshops, consults, and presents internationally to help others improve their teaching and student learning. Dr. Simonson is active as a leader and facilitator in the national and regional POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, Project.

Down time for Dr. S. includes family, working his dogs, physical activity, scuba diving, remodeling/woodworking, and tinkering on/driving his car.

His office is in Norco 116G, MS 1710., 208-426-3973.


  • Ed.D.  1998, University of Northern Colorado (Kinesiology)
  • M.A.  1990, University of Northern Colorado (Coaching)
  • B.S.  1986, Colorado State University (Biology)


  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
  • Exercise Physiologist (ASCM)
  • Dive Master (PADI)


  • Dr. Simonson conducts research in exercise and environmental physiology as well as publishing in the scholarship of teaching and learning.


  • KINES 432/433 Conditioning Principles
  • KINES 510 Physiology of Activity
  • KINES 511 Environmental Physiology
  • KINES 515 Exercise Physiology Laboratory
  • KINES 510 Applied Principles of Conditioning
  • KINES 593 Thesis
  • KINES 696 Directed Research