Benjamin Sibley


  • B.S., Health and Exercise Science, Wake Forest University
  • M.A., Teaching: Physical Education, University of South Carolina
  • Ph.D. Exercise Science, Arizona State University

Teaching Specialties

  • HPE 2120 Kinesiology
  • HPE 3040 Principles of Fitness and Conditioning
  • HPE 4320 Nutrition and Health-Related Fitness


  • Guitar
  • Woodworking
  • Crossfit
  • Cooking

What most excites you about your field?

"I believe health and physical education are the most important subjects taught in schools. The skills and knowledge to live a healthy physically active lifestyle are essential capacities that every person needs and can apply across their entire lifespan."

Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • SHAPE America
  • National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE)


  • C Educator License - Physical Education, Certified CrossFit Trainer (CF-L3), Precision Nutrition Level 1

Research Interests

  • Motivation in exercise and physical education
  • Effects of physical activity on cognition and academic performance
  • Student learning in physical education

Selected Publications

  • Corbin, C. B., Castelli, D., Sibley, B. A., & Le Masurier, G. C. (2021). Fitness for Life, Seventh Edition. Human Kinetics: Champaign, IL.
  • Corbin, C.B., Kulinna, P.H., & Sibley, B.A. (2020). A dozen reasons for including conceptual physical education in quality secondary school programs. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 91(3), 40-49.
  • Sibley, B.A. (2020). Comparison of assessment methods for muscular power in physical education. The Physical Educator, 77(1).
  • Sibley, B.A. & Bergman, S.M. (2017). What keeps athletes in the gym? Goals, psychological needs, and motivation of CrossFit™ participants. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. doi: 10.1080/1612197X.2017.1280835
Title: Chair / Professor
Department: RMPE

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6300

Office address
HCC 43