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Dr. James Schoffstall, FACSM

Professor of Health Sciences

(434) 582-2882


  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Adapted Physical Activity, Liberty University
  • M.S., Exercise Science, Old Dominion University
  • B.S., Exercise Science, Old Dominion University


Dr. Schoffstall began his teaching career in special education and later physical education in the Virginia public schools. After four years of teaching in the public schools, Dr. Schoffstall transitioned to Liberty University. Dr. Schoffstall was the founding Director of the Human Performance Lab at Liberty University. He has a passion for teaching students the fundamentals of exercise science through which the students can have a positive impact on the lives of others.


  • Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Associate Editor of the ACSM’s Resources for the Exercise Physiologist, 2nd Edition
  • 2014 Darden Fellow Award from Old Dominion University’s Darden School of Education
  • ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • ACSM/NPAS Certified Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist
  • ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Sixth Degree Black Belt in Combat Hapkido

Research Interests

  • Impact of altitude on performance
  • Electromyographic activity in muscles during exercise
  • Anaerobic performance of athletes
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