HPU Welcomes Smoliga as Associate Professor in Department of Physical Therapy


HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 3, 2012 – The Department of Physical Therapy recently hired Dr. James Smoliga as associate professor of physiology in the new School of Health Sciences at High Point University.

In his new position, Smoliga will be course director for the physiology and pathophysiology content in the university’s physical therapy curriculum. He will also provide research experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. Smoliga will also be teaching physiology courses.

“I am extremely excited to contribute to the development and growth of the physical therapy curriculum at High Point University,” says Smoliga. “I believe the university has a novel approach to academics which will lead to continued success and am thrilled to be involved in the process.”

Smoliga hopes to provide a wealth of research opportunities for students, and has a great deal of experience to share with them. His previous research has focused on improving health and slowing the aging process using natural compounds, enhancing sports performance, and preventing injuries. He has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise physiology, biomechanics and chronic disease, and has mentored multiple graduate and undergraduate students.

“I think the combination of great leadership and an experienced faculty will allow the program to be very strong in the areas of classroom and clinical education, as well as research,” he says. “I feel that I can provide students a great education through my ability to explain difficult concepts using examples they can relate to. My research lines are quite varied, yet ultimately related, and hopefully will provide opportunities for students with various interests to get involved in research.”

Smoliga has received more than $250,000 in funding for physiological studies focusing on the effects of supplements on health and human performance, and is looking forward to spending time researching this at HPU.

Previously, Smoliga was an associate professor of exercise physiology at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. He is an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

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