Dean of College of Health Professions


Dr. Stephen AlwayStephen E. Alway, PhD, FACSM

Dr. Alway was previously Professor and Chair of Exercise Physiology, Executive Chairperson for the Department of Human Performance and Exercise Science, and Senior Assistant Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at West Virginia University School of Medicine since. For the past 25+ years, Dr. Alway has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and various foundations for research in cellular and molecular adaptations to study sarcopenia, and the effects of aging on adaptations to muscle loading/exercise and disuse. This work has identified important roles for oxidative stress and apoptosis (cell death) in muscle remodeling during aging-associated and disuse-induced muscle loss as well as exercise recovery of muscle function after prolonged disuse. He has authored or co-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, written chapters for eight textbooks and authored more than 400 lay publications in exercise and fitness journals. He is on the editorial board for five scientific journals and is an Associate Editor-in-Chief for one journal, Associate Editor for two other journals and a section head for a different journal. Dr. Alway has served on numerous national and international grant review committees. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. In 2000 he was named the Sport Scientist of the year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has earned degrees from the University of Waterloo (BSc, Honors Kinesiology), and McMaster University (MSc, Physiology; Ph.D., Neuroscience) and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Waterloo, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.