Scott is currently a Professor of Health and Exercise Science at Messiah College, Grantham, PA where he has been a faculty member in the Department of Health and Human Performance for the past 10 years. He received his B.S. in Biology and Physical education from Davis & Elkins College located in Elkins West Virginia, M.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska @ Kearney, and his Ed.D. from the University of South Dakota.Prior to his tenure at Messiah College, Dr. Kieffer taught twelve years at the University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. During his 22 years of teaching, he has taught courses in exercise physiology, biomechanics, research methods, chronic disease and exercise, and exercise testing and prescription.
Scott has been actively involved in the field of exercise physiology through research and service. His research interests revolve around the undergraduate research experience. He has collaborated with undergraduate students on many projects over course of his career and has presented over 25 projects at regional or national meetings with undergraduate co-authors. Many of those students have continued with their research in exercise physiology or within an allied health profession. His efforts in the classroom and student research mentoring have been recognized as he has received the Outstanding Teaching Award at both the University of Sioux Falls and Messiah College. He has also been involved with service to the broader field of exercise physiology. While in South Dakota he served Northland ACSM as the South Dakota State Rep and as a host facilitator for the Northland Annual Fall Lecture series. He has been involved with the MARC Chapter through service on the Research Committee (3 years) and as a Member -at-Large (2 years). In addition to service to ACSM, he has recently served as the Exercise Physiology Academy Chair in AAHPERD and is currently the facilitator of the Undergraduate Research Initiative sponsored by all the divisions of AAHEPRD.
When not in the classroom or lab, Dr. Kieffer can usually be found on the back roads of Pennsylvania on his bicycle, in the pool (or sometimes a local lake) swimming or helping coach his kids youth soccer teams. In addition to time with his family on the sporting fields, he enjoys volunteering at the local school district, within nursing homes, and with the Special Olympics.