Dr. Nelson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Arlington. He holds a Ph.D. in Sport & Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado; a M.S. in Physical Education Pedagogy from Colorado State University; and a B.S. in Exercise Science from Colorado State University. He has been the Primary Investigator on multiple Dancing Classrooms research studies including numerous publications in Tier-1 academic journals such as Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and School Community Journal. Dr. Nelson is married to his high school sweetheart, Janie, has two children Gianna and Joshua and enjoys mentoring future teachers and coaching soccer in the Arlington community.

His research interests include physical education program assessment and evaluation, developing service-learning models that increase teachers’ efficacy, and testing active-learning strategies for critical thinking development. Dr. Nelson has procured more than $750,000 in research and program funding including the Dancing Classrooms North Texas pilot project which initiated in 2005. He was awarded the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Community Service-Learning Award in 2008, the inaugural UT Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009, and was named Citizen of the Year by the YMCA of Arlington in 2011.