Seth E. Jenny, Ph.D., ACSM-EP, CHES, USATF-L2

Dr. Jenny is an Associate Professor within the Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (SRU).  He has been teaching full time in higher education since 2010 and previously taught within the Department of Health, Exercise & Sports Sciences at the University of New Mexico and the Department of Physical Education, Sport & Human Performance at Winthrop University.  He has also worked as a U.S. Air Force Exercise Physiologist and K-12 Health and Physical Education teacher.

As an active scholar and researcher, Dr. Jenny has provided 100+ professional presentations and published 50+ peer-reviewed journal articles in is prime areas of research: performance and health implications of esports, motion-based video gaming, instructional technology, and distance running.  He co-created the interdisciplinary Esports Minor at SRU and currently teaches undergraduate esports courses.  Dr. Jenny is a founding member and current Board Member of the Esports Research Network, serves as the deputy editor of the International Journal of Esports and Associate Editor of the Journal of Electronic Gaming & Esports, and is faculty advisor to the SRU Esports Club.  In addition, he is the lead author of the Human Kinetics textbook: Technology for Physical Educators, Health Educators, and Coaches, and is the Senior Editor of the Routledge Hanbook of Esports project.

Dr. Jenny co-created one of the world's first bachelor's degrees in Esports (at Shenandoah University), has consulted for ELEAGUE (TBS’s professional televised esports league), and currently is a performance advisor for KovaaK 2.0: The Meta – an FPS aim trainer performance software company.  He continues to consult higher education institutions regarding esports curriculum and consistently delivers invited esports presentations at national and international professional conferences (e.g., American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, UCI Esports Conference, Esports Research Network Conference).

As an athlete, Dr. Jenny captained the SRU cross country (XC) and track and field (T&F) teams, was an Academic All-American steeplechaser, thru-hiked the entire 2,174 mile Appalachian Trail, and has run the Boston Marathon multiple times (marathon personal best of 2:48:30).  Moreover, he co-founded and is the president of the non-profit Grove City Athletics Club (Grove City, PA), where he volunteer coaches elementary XC and T&F. 

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Physical Education, Sport & Exercise Science

Concentration: Curriculum and Instruction

Minor: Educational Psychology

University of New Mexico

Master of Science (MSc): Physical Education, Sport & Leisure Studies

Concentration: Performance Coaching

The University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Bachelor of Science (BS): Education

Concentration: Health & Physical Education (k-12 teaching certification)

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Study Abroad

University of Limerick, Ireland


Courses Taught

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

California Baptist University

Winthrop University

University of New Mexico

U.S. Air Force


* = online; ~ = created new online course; ^ = created new course

Study Abroad Courses Created & Led