Biographical Sketch

Dr. James C. Hannon currently serves as professor and assistant dean of Academic Affairs and Research for the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University. He spent the first decade of his career at the University of Utah where he rose from serving as the director of Physical Education Teacher Education to serving as department chair of Exercise and Sport Science. Hannon has maintained a consistent and substantial level of scholarly productivity throughout his career. To date he is an author on 104 peer-reviewed manuscripts, in-print or in-press, has made more than 100 professional presentations and has generated more than $3 million in grants/contracts. Hannon’s primary research emphasis broadly focuses on pediatric physical activity and fitness measurement and instructional and environmental physical activity interventions in P-12 school and community settings. His articles have appeared in distinguished journals such as Journal of Physical Activity & Health; Journal of Teaching in Physical Education; Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research; Preventive Medicine; and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Hannon is currently a principal investigator on two separate multi-year studies assessing the impact of comprehensive school physical activity programming in elementary schools, and is a P.I. on a physical activity intervention within secure-care juvenile detention facilities. Hannon is most proud that the funding he has been fortunate enough to receive has supported an extensive number of graduate students, thus contributing to the next generation of scholars and practitioners.

Professional Highlights

  • An author on 104 peer-reviewed manuscripts, in-print or in-press
  • Has made over 100 professional presentations and has generated more than $3 million in grants/contracts
  • Primary research focuses on pediatric physical activity and fitness measurement and instructional and environmental physical activity interventions in P-12 school and community settings

Additional News and Information


James Hannon, along with Emily Jones, PETE faculty member, and Annie Machamer and Hannah Kipfer, CPASS doctoral students, were featured on West Virginia Public Radio’s “West Virginia Morning” program. They were interviewed by Appalachia Health News Reporter Kara Lofton on how physical activity can help students perform better in the classroom.

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