JAY GRAVES, PhD portrait
  • Professor, Health-Kinesiology-Recreation


  • Ph.D., Exercise Science, Exercise Biochemistry-Physiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • MA, Biological Sciences, Human Physiology, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain
  • BA, Biological Sciences, Ithaca College


James E. (Jay) Graves, Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Science, Technology, and Health and Professor of Exercise, Health, and Sport Science at the University of Southern Maine.  He served as Dean and Professor of Exercise and Sport Science in the College of Health at the University of Utah from 2003 to 2013.  He also served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Budget and Research in the School of Education at Syracuse University where his accomplishments include the establishment of the Department of Exercise Science and foundation of the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory.  He is a former Chair of the Exercise Science Department and held an adjunct appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the State University of NY Upstate Medical University.  Dr. Graves assisted in the development of the Center for Exercise Science, located in the Colleges of Medicine and Health and Human Performance, at the University of Florida, Gainesville.  Coauthor of the Lumbar Spine (Sequoia Communications, 1988), Dr. Graves’ research interests and experience include the influence of physical activity on aging and the prescription of resistance training for the prevention and rehabilitation of orthopedic problems including, but not limited to, low-back pain.  He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and is co-editor of a text called Resistance Training for Health and Rehabilitation published by Human Kinetics (2002).  In 1999, Dr. Graves was named Syracuse University’s United Methodist Scholar Teacher of the year.  He earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and holds active fellowships in the American College of Sports Medicine, the Society for Health and Physical Education and the National Academy of Kinesiology. In his spare time Dr. Graves enjoys playing chess, drums, snowboarding, scuba diving, mountain biking and spending time with his family.