Department of Kinesiology

West Chester University

Dr. Frank Fry
206 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: (610) 436-2260 or 2261
Fax: (610) 436-2860


Paul Smith

Dr. Smith came to West Chester University (WCU) in 1985 as Director of the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) with faculty expertise in and has taught Biomechanics (Biomechanics Specialist), Kinesiology, Evaluation and Measurement, Statistics, and Karate. He has also served as Asst. Chair for Exercise Science and Graduate Coordinator, and is currently chair of the WCU Human Subjects Committee (HSC, over 22 yrs.) of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and a member of the WCU Faculty Senate (over 20 yrs.) and chair of the CHS Student-Faculty Research Award Committee.

Dr. Smith’s research interests are in the forces generated by the human body, the effects of those forces and probable injury occurrence during human impact. He has worked in the areas of human movement kinematics and kinetics, martial arts punching glove design, makiwara board design and testing, research ethics, and product safety litigation, as well as chairing the ASTM committee that wrote the safety standards for exercise bicycles. He is a Shotokan karate instructor and judge (over 40 yrs.) involved with the prestigious ISKF Instructor Training Institute and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Karate Assn. (NCKA) and academic editor for the Journal of the NCKA. In 2003, was inducted as "Master" in the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Professor Smith is also a certified MSF Rider Coach for Basic and Experienced Motorcycle Rider Courses in Delaware and Pennsylvania (state license examiner). He is or has been involved the ISBS and ACSM and AAHPERD at various levels, as well having served in leadership positions with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). He is a U. S. Air Force veteran, having served in the US, Germany and Greenland, and is a post Vice-commander and district Chaplain with the American Legion in Delaware. He is a "good ol’ boy" who really likes "to play with toys and ‘do stuff’".