Dr. Brian Rider

Associate Professor of Kinesiology
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Brian Rider joined the Hope College faculty in fall 2015. He currently serves as the director of the exercise science program and teaches various courses in the kinesiology department.

AREAS OF Expertise

Brian’s research interests include the use of activity monitors to measure and promote physical activity, athlete testing and examining ergogenic aids for enhancing athletic performance.


  • Ph.D., kinesiology, University of Tennessee, 2015
    Major professor: David R. Bassett, Jr., Ph.D.
  • M.S., exercise science, Oakland University, 2011
  • B.A., exercise science, Spanish, Adrian College, 2007


  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine (2023)
  • Nyhenhuis Summer Faculty Student Collaborative Research Grant (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022)
  • Frost Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grant (2016–17)
  • Edward A. Capen Award, Univeristy of Tennessee (2015)
  • Andy Kozar Graduate Research Scholarship Award, University of Tennessee (2015)
  • 1st Place Graduate Student Award, Comparative and Experimental Medicine and Public Health Research Symposium, University of Tennessee (2014)
  • Chancellors Fellowship, University of Tennessee (2012–2015)

Published Work

Outside the college

Brian and his wife, Dana, live in Zeeland and attend St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. They enjoy being outside and exploring nature. They are both runners and love taking their dogs, Sully and Molly, for trail runs. Brian has completed multiple ultra marathons (50k–100 miles) and is training for his first triathlon.

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Dr. Brian Rider

Phone Number616.395.6823

DeVos Fieldhouse 222 Fairbanks Avenue Holland, MI 49423
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