Dr. Brian Rider

Assistant 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 health dynamics courses and teaches various courses in the kinesiology department.


Brian’s research interests include the use of activity monitors to measure and promote physical activity, athlete testing and performance, and increasing enjoyment of exercise.


  • 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


  • Edward A. Capen Award (Univeristy of Tennessee) ($100) (2015)
  • Andy Kozar Graduate Research Scholarship Award (University of Tennessee)  ($1,000) (2015)
  • 1st Place Graduate Student Award, Comparative and Experimental Medicine and Public Health Research Symposium (University of Tennessee) ($1,000) (2014)
  • Chancellors Fellowship (University of Tennessee) ($10,000/year) (2012-2015)
  • Outstanding Graduate Presentation (oral) at Midwest ACSM ($150) (2010)
  • Provost’s Graduate Student Research Grant (Oakland University) ($1,500) (2010)

Published Work

Outside the college

Brian is married to Dana Rider. The two live in Holland, attend St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, and enjoy being outside and exploring nature. They are both runners and love taking their yellow lab, Sophie, for trail runs. Brian has completed 3 ultra marathons and will be attempting his first 100k next September.

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Dr. Brian Rider

Phone Number616.395.7070

DeVos Fieldhouse 222 Fairbanks Avenue Holland, MI 49423
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