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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Kinesiology

Jeff Kress Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Physical Education Teacher Education

Office: HHS2-217

Phone: 949-375-3958


Education: University of Kansas

Advising Area: Secondary Education

Mini Biography

I am a native Southern Californian raised in Orange and am a graduate of Orange High School. I grew up playing the traditional sports of football, soccer, baseball, water polo and basketball.  When I was 15, I began racing bicycles and had dreams of competing in the Olympics.  By the time I was 17, I was named to the US National Junior team and spending time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.  In 1987 and 1988, I was on the US National Senior team, spending a lot of time at the Olympic Training Center and competing against the best amateurs in the world at races in the U.S., Europe and South America.  During that time, I continued my education and earned undergraduate (1989) and Masters (1993) degrees in Physical Education from Cal State Fullerton before attending the University of Kansas and earning a Ph.D. (1998) in Education.  Kansas was a long long way from home and I could not wait to return and when I did, I settled into Huntington Beach where I live today. My first teaching jobs were part time at Cal State Northridge, Cal State Los Angeles, and Cal State Fullerton. From 1997-2000, I taught full time at Cal State Los Angeles.  In the Fall of 2000, I began teaching at Cal State Long Beach and have been here ever since.  When I am not teaching, you can find me either in the water surfing, riding my bike, or at the gym.  I am married to Dr. Jan Schroeder (KIN Faculty member) and we have one beautiful son Jakob who we hope will one day follow us into the field of higher education. 

Areas of Teaching (Courses Taught)

KIN 124A Beginning Surfing

KIN 156 Sports Appreciation

KIN 157 Fitness for Living

KIN 201 Introduction to Kinesiology

KIN 237 Techniques and Analysis of Swimming

KIN 250 Techniques of Basketball

KIN 253 Techniques of Soccer

KIN 255 Techniques of Softball

KIN 263 Techniques and Analysis of Fitness

KIN 266 Techniques of Badminton

KIN 343 Techniques and Analysis of Fitness

KIN 460 Applied Theory and Analysis of Non-Traditional Physical Education

KIN 461 Applied Theory of Teaching Individual and Dual Sports

Recent Publications (list a few)

Campbell, C., Kress, J., Schroeder, J., Donlin, A., Rozenek. R. (2016) The Relationship Between Pedometer-Determined Ambulatory Activity and Balance Variables Within An Older Adult Population.  Accepted Oct. 28, 2016 for publication in Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Gehris, J., Kress, J., & Swalm, R. (2011) Effects of Adventure-Physical Education on High School Students' Physical Self-Concept and Physical Fitness. Pennsylvania Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.  81(2), pp. 21-23, 26-27

Gehris, J., Kress, J., & Swalm, R. (2010) Students’ Views on Physical Development and Physical Self-Concept in Adventure-Physical Education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, (29) 146-166

Kress, J.L., & Statler, T. (2007). A Naturalistic Investigation of Former Olympic Cyclists' Cognitive Strategies for Coping with Exertion Pain During Performance. Journal of Sport Behavior. (30), 4, 2007. 428-452

Current Projects/Interests/Research

I am currently exploring research in the area of surfing of which very little of it has been conducted.