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About David Peterson, Ed.D.

Dr. Peterson is a retired U. S. Navy Aerospace/ Operational Physiologist with over 20 years of active duty service.  He has earned multiple degrees in Exercise Science and is a former competitive powerlifter.  Dr. Peterson has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, a textbook, and presented at multiple national- and state-level conferences on the topics of body composition and physical fitness testing.  He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  Dr.  Peterson’s military call-sign was MEAT, standing for “Must Eat All the Time.”


Present Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Cedarville University Department of Kinesiology and Allied Health

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2015 - 2018 Deputy Director, Physical Education Department, United States Naval Academy
2015 - 2018 Institutional Review Board Member, United States Naval Academy
2015 - 2018 Faculty, United States Sports Academy
2014 - 2018 Faculty, United States Naval Academy
2014 Faculty, St. Mary's College of Maryland
2012 - 2014 Director, Aviation Survival Training Center, Naval Air Station Patuxent River
2009 - 2012 Manager, Command Fitness Leader Program, Navy Physical Readiness Program Office
1996 - 1997 Faculty, University of Louisiana - Monroe
1994 - 1995 Faculty, Mary Immaculate Elementary School, Kirksville, MO (K-8 Physical Education)
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Honors and Awards

  • Alumnus of the Year, United States Sports Academy - 2015
  • Legion of Merit
  • Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards)
  • Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards)
  • Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards)
  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal


B.S., Truman State University
Ed.D., United States Sports Academy
M.Ed., University of Louisiana at Monroe

Contact Information

Department of Kinesiology and Allied Health
Cedarville University
Callan 218


Dissertation (1)

Books (1)

Refereed Journal Publications (9)

Conference Presentations (5)

Supervised Student Research (3)