A Christian Liberal Arts University, Est. 1846

Erik Hayes

Professor of Kinesiology
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Education
  • PhD, Human Bioenergetics, Ball State University
  • MS, Athletic Training, Indiana State University
  • BS, Physical Education, Asbury College

Biography

Advice to Incoming Students

Exercise science can lead to so many great opportunities, so don’t worry too much about your career right now. Work hard the first semester and keep your options open by building a foundation for success for the rest of your college career.

Why I Enjoy Teaching at Taylor

I enjoy teaching in a place where I can be free to challenge students in matters concerning their Christian faith. The students are inspiring, the administration is very supportive and my colleagues around the campus are excellent.

Hobbies

Camping with my family

Major Career Accomplishments

During his 14-year teaching career at Taylor, Dr. Erik Hayes has launched and continues to oversee the Fit into Health (FIT) program, a student-initiated adult fitness program that has served over 300 university employees in the last 6 years with over 75 students working in the program. He’s currently working with faculty in physics, chemistry, biology, and psychology on collaborative research with the focus of measuring and improving whole-person health.

Research
C. Losey, D. Thrush, A. Malinowski, M. Piacentini, E. Hayes; S. Gearhart, J. Norton, J. Schick, K. Snyder Supported by The Women’s Giving Circle
Aerobic exercise (AE) is typically associated with cardiovascular system and metabolic muscle adaptations, but there is potential for changes in muscle size and function as well. Evidence suggests that AE can improve or maintain muscle cross-sectiona…