Dr. Jonathan B.
“J.B.” Smith, professor of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science,
has been a member of the IUP KHSS faculty since fall 1997. He received his
doctorate in Sports Management from Temple University in 1994, focusing his
research on the motivational makeup of aquatic professionals. He received his
MS from the University of Nebraska–Omaha in 1986 and his BS from IUP in
1982, both times majoring in Health and Physical Education/Teacher Education.
He completed postdoctoral study at Pennsylvania State University in 1997 in
Education Administration, receiving his Pennsylvania Secondary Principal
Certification in the process.
Dr. Smith is serving as the resident faculty director of The Harrisburg
Internship Semester (‘THIS”) program within the State System office at the
Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.
Appointed to the post in December 2014, Dr. Smith serves as the leader
of this statewide program where each of the 14 State System institutions select one
student/semester to partake in a governmental internship in our state
Dr. Smith is currently the IUP chapter president of the Honor Society of Phi
Kappa Phi. For more than seven years, he has
been a member of the IUP APSCUF Executive Committee as legislative chair, and
an elected delegate to the APSCUF Legislative Assembly. He is a past chair of ACPAC (the Academic
Computing Policy Advisory Committee) and the IUP University Senate. He has
hosted dozens of large-scale (300-plus participants minimum),
multi-team swimming competitions over the past two decades. He is a PADI
(Professional Association of Diving Instructors) master scuba diver trainer;
NSPF (National Swimming Pool Foundation) CPO instructor; and NFHSAA and NCAA
swimming official, and he holds numerous Red Cross certifications. He has
special interest in using technology, webpage production, and the Internet as
it relates to all aspects of health, physical education, and aquatics.
In the spring 2009 semester, Dr. Smith was the recipient of the IUP
University-Wide Distinguished Faculty Award for Service, and he is a past
recipient of the Innovative Use of Technology Award, presented by the Instructional Design Center.
Dr. Smith has authored the publication Hot Water and Healthy Living—The
Science of Hot-Water Immersion: How It Promotes Healthy Bodies, Hearts, Minds,
and Lifestyles, released in March 2008, for the National Swimming Pool
Foundation. This consumer-centered book focuses on positive medicinal
influences that can be provided by immersion in warm/hot water environments. At last count, over 30,000 copies of this
publication have been sold worldwide.
Before his appointment at IUP, he was a member of the faculty at the
Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, Pa., for nine years (1988–1997),
serving as a classroom teacher for grades five and eight through twelve in the
disciplines of health, physical education, and aquatics while serving as
aquatics director and coaching swimming, diving, and water polo. Before
his PVHS employment, he served two different YMCAs (Sidney-Shelby County, Ohio,
and Lansdowne, Pa.) as aquatics director/swim coach for a total of four years.
He also spent eight summers (1989–1996) as pool director/swim coach at the
Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia.
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