Dr. Andrew Shim, Briar Cliff Professor, Named Director of the Year at the 39th Annual NSCA National Conference


Sioux City, IA – Health and fitness professionals from across the world converged at the NSCA’s National Conference on July 6, 2016 in New Orleans, LA to discover cutting-edge research and practical applications in strength and conditioning. One of the many exciting events held during the conference was the Award Ceremonies where the distinctive honor of State/Provincial Director of the Year was bestowed to Dr. Andrew Shim, professor and graduate program director of kinesiology and human performance at Briar Cliff University.

Andrew Shim, EdD, CSCS, *D, has been teaching Exercise Science courses in Higher Education for more than 20 years. He has extensively published in Sport Performance, Educational Theories, and Physical Therapy peer-reviewed international journals during that time. Besides being nominated several times for teaching awards, he has earned several research awards at two different universities and from one sports medicine organization. He is certified with the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health Fitness Specialist, the National Strength & Conditioning Association as a certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with Distinction, and the Dr. Kenneth Cooper’s Institute of Aerobic Research as an Exercise Specialist.

Dr. Shim has served on various editorial boards, been a Research Committee Member on the American Association of Physical Activity and Recreation Fitness and Wellness Council, the Editor in Chief for the Journal of the Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the Provincial State Director of North Dakota’s National Strength & Conditioning Association. Recently, he published a textbook titled, “Exploring the Field of Kinesiology in the 21st Century.”

In total, twelve awards were presented.  “Congratulations to all the award winners for these well-deserved awards,” said NSCA Executive Director Michael Massik. “Each of these individuals have changed many lives and exemplify what it is to be an NSCA professional. We are proud to have them as members.”

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the NSCA serves as a valuable resource for its members, the fitness industry, general public, and the media. The association provides a wide variety of resources and opportunities designed to strengthen, build, advance and unify.

Dr. Shim is proud to be a state director in the NSCA’s North Central Region. To learn more about Dr. Shim and the kinesiology programs at Briar Cliff, visit briarcliff.edu.


About Briar Cliff University
Out of a hill once covered in briar patches sprouted Briar Cliff University, a Catholic Franciscan institution that is home to more than 1,100 students. Since 1930, the University has educated students in the Franciscan tradition of service, caring and openness to all. Grounded in faith and the pursuit of higher learning, the liberal arts education from Briar Cliff shapes more than just students’ résumés — it shapes their character. With over 30 undergraduate degree programs, several online degree completion programs and a host of graduate degrees, Briar Cliff supports students in all stages of higher education. For more information, visit www.briarcliff.edu.

About the National Strength & Conditioning Association

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978. Evolving from a membership of 76, the association now serves nearly 30,000 members in 52 countries. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings.

Unlike any other organization, the NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries. These individuals are all in pursuit of achieving a common goal—the utilization of proper strength training and conditioning to improve athletic performance and fitness.

Central to its mission, the NSCA provides a bridge between the scientist in the laboratory and the practitioner in the field. By working to find practical applications for new research findings in the strength and conditioning field, the association fosters the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession.

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