Meet Dr. Matt Schubert, Kinesiology Assistant Professor & CSUSM Alumnus

mattMatt Schubert, Ph.D., CISSN, ACSM EP-C
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

How did you become interested in Kinesiology?
I became interested in Kinesiology from my background as an athlete and coach. I wanted to understand how our body responded to exercise in order to optimize training.

What type of research are you doing?
I have diverse research interests. Some of my current projects with undergraduate students include a collaboration with a colleague from Duke examining if people select different exercise intensities when they are fed or overnight fasted; what sort of heart rate and sweat responses occur to “power” yoga”; and whether “fidgeting” (toe-tapping) can decrease glucose concentrations during a glucose tolerance test. Other projects I have going include some review papers with colleagues in the UK, examining energy balance in CrossFit athletes, and preparing proposals to examine 1)how weight, fitness, and energy balance change during college and 2)the benefits of prenatal yoga on mother and offspring health

What inspired you to choose that area of research?
The path down my current avenue of research began at a regional conference in 2011 when I heard a professor from Cal Poly talk about exercise and appetite control. I’ve been down that rabbit hole ever since.

What do you hope students take away from your classes at the end of each semester?Whenever I prepare a course, I start by listing what I believe are the essential “take-aways” from the course that my students need to succeed in their career fields. If nothing else, I hope they learn to think critically, write well, and appraise evidence.

What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Time management! Sometimes I wish I had a clone!

What is the greatest reward of your job?
When students e-mail or contact me after they have taken a course with me and tell me they enjoyed it.

What would others be surprised to know about you?
I am sort of an inadvertent traveler. I have been all over the Southwest for school, did my Ph.D. in Australia, and my prior two jobs were in Kansas and Alabama.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I like to work out, explore the outdoors, Netflix binge, and read non-academic works.

What’s the best part about working at CSUSM?
The teaching/research/service balance is hands down the most enjoyable part of the job; Also, the ability to engage students in research and interact with them in smaller (i.e. lab) settings make it more personal.

What attracted you to CSUSM?
I am a CSUSM alumni and native San Diegan. I wanted to be back in California eventually for my career and if I could land a position at a school like CSUSM, which in my opinion has the perfect balance of research/teaching/service, I would find my permanent home for my career.