Stasinos Stavrianeas, Ph.D.

Professor of Exercise and Health Science
Specialties: Human Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Neuroscience, Nutrition

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Contact Information

Collins 404
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301
(503) 370-6392
(503) 370-6773 (Fax)

Professor Stavrianeas was born and raised in Kalamata, Greece and he brings additional international perspective to the diversity within the Department of Exercise and Health Science. He lives in Salem with his wife and their two beautiful daughters.

Professor Stavrianeas focuses on issues related to science education and science literacy for all students, and is active on various science education initiatives on a national level. For years he has worked on regional and national initiatives on transforming the introductory biology curriculum and departmental culture in life sciences.

His collaboration with Professor Mark Stewart (Dept. of Psychology) has resulted in two major projects:  "iScience at Willamette" was launched in 2010, and represented their vision for a truly interdisciplinary introductory science curriculum, the first in a series of steps towards truly integrated and comprehensive science curriculum for all students at Willamette and beyond. This effort received additional recognition and generous support through a grant by the W.M. Keck Foundation.

The second project titled “STATUS: STEM Access and Training for Underserved Students” was launched in 2013, and represented a comprehensive approach to science education for students from underserved groups who attended local high schools. The project has entered a new phase of dissemination and expansion.

Professor Stavrianeas' particular areas of research include cardiovascular drift and the metabolic effects associated with it, as well as the effects of High-Intensity Training on team conditioning. He has a strong record of collaborative research work with students, and the results of this work have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented in conferences in recent years.


  • 1998 Ph.D. University of Oregon (Exercise Physiology)
  • 1995 M.S. University of Oregon (Exercise Physiology, Cardiovascular Physiology, Biomechanics)
  • 1990 B.S. University of Athens, Greece (Physical Education, Swimming, Exercise Physiology)


Professor Stavrianeas is instructor of record for the Human Physiology (BIOL 260), Community Health: Principles of Applied Nutrition (EXHS 230), and Research Design and Analysis (EXHS 256W). He has taught sections of College Colloquium (IDS 101), Fundamentals of Neuroscience (IDS 222), Special Topics in Exercise Science (EXHS 358), Physiology of Exercise (EXHS 360), and contributes to the Senior Seminar (EXHS 496W). 

Academic Advising

Professor Stavrianeas serves as one of the Health Professions advisers, and guides prospective, current, and transfer students on all topics relevant to Exercise and Health Science and Allied Health professions.

Awards and Honors

  • Service Award - American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Chapter (2014).
  • President, American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Chapter, (2012).
  • Promotion to Professor, Willamette University (2010).
  • Professor of the Year - Willamette University Dept. of Athletics (2009).
  • Tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, Willamette University (2005).
  • Faculty Achievement Award, Willamette University (2003).
  • Service Award - American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Chapter (2003).
  • Recognition Award - Association of American Colleges and Universities (2003).
  • Service Award - American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Chapter (2001).

Recent Research Publications

(last 5 years - *student collaborator)
  •  *Yaeger, D., *Murphy, K., *Winger, J., Stavrianeas, S. (2018). A two-test protocol for the precise determination of the maximal lactate steady state. International Journal of Exercise Science 11(4): 681-695. Available at .
  • *Howard, N., Stavrianeas, S. (2017). In-Season High-Intensity Interval Training improves conditioning in high school soccer players. International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 10 (5): 713 - 720. Available at: .
  • Francois, M.E., Graham, M.J., Parr, E.B., Rehrer, N.J., Lucas, S.J.E., Stavrianeas, S., Cotter, J.D. (2016). Similar metabolic response to lower- versus upper-body interval exercise or endurance exercise. Metabolism Journal 68: 1-10.
  • Graham, M.J., Lucas, S.J.E., Francois, M.E., Stavrianeas, S., Parr, E.B., Thomas, K.N., Cotter, J.D. (2016). Low-volume intense exercise elicits post-exercise hypotension and subsequent hypervolemia, irrespective of which limbs are exercised. Frontiers in Physiology, Exercise Physiology. Published: 31 May 2016, doi: 10.3389/fphys.2016.00199.

Science Education Scholarship

  • Stavrianeas, S., DeMarais, A., Bangera, G., Bronson, C., Byers, S., Davis, W., Linder, N., McFarland, J., Otto, J., Fitxhugh, G., Liston, C., Pape–Lindstrom, P., Pollock, C., Reiness, G., Wenderoth, M.P., Offerdahl, E. (2021). Using Systems Thinking Approach to Transform Life Sciences Department. PLOs One. In Review.
  • DeMarais, A., Bangera, G., Bronson, C., Byers, S., DavisW., Linder, N., McFarland, J., Offerdahl, E., Otto, J., Pape–Lindstrom, P., Pollock, C., Reiness, G., Stavrianeas, S., Wenderoth, M.P. (2021). What Lies Beneath? A Systems Thinking Approach to Catalyzing Department–Level Curricular and Pedagogical Reform Through the Northwest PULSE Workshops. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, In Review.
  • Kiser, S. Kayes, L., Baumgartner, E., Kruchten, A., Stavrianeas, S. (2021). Statewide Curricular Alignment and Learning Outcomes for Introductory Biology: Using Vision and Change as a Vehicle for Collaboration. American Biology Teacher, Accepted for publication.
  • Stavrianeas, S., Stewart, M. (2021). Attracting Underrepresented Pre-College Students to STEM Disciplines. Submitted to Electronic Journal for Research in Science & Mathematics Education, Accepted for publication.
  • Baumgartner, E., Kruchten, A., Kiser, S., Kayes, L., Stavrianeas, S. (2021). Northwest Biosciences Consortium: The Evolution of a Faculty Network. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal. 14 (1): 17-34.
  • Stavrianeas, S. (2018). Service Learning in a college nutrition class: examination of elementary school lunch. Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. 9(1): 2-17

Professional Memberships

  • National Science Teachers Association
  • American Physiological Society
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Chapter
  • National Association of Biology Teachers

Professional Service

Journal Reviewer

  • Journal of American College Health
  • Journal of Sport and Health Science
  • National Science Foundation, TUES/CCLI
  • M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Life Sciences Program
  • Advances in Physiology Education
  • Analytical Biochemistry
  • CUR Quarterly
  • International Journal of Exercise Science
  • Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Wilderness and Environmental Medicine
  • International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities
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Exercise and Health Science

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
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