Dr. Nathan Dicks

Assistant Professor/Clinical Coordinator, Exercise Science Exercise Science, Nutrition, Dietetics and Exercise Science

Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Nutrition from North Dakota State University, 2019.
MS in Exercise Physiology from Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2014.

Dr. Dicks holds both the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and the Tactical Strength and Conditioning-Facilitator (TSAC-F) certifications, both with distinction (*D) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Dr. Dicks has also been serving in the military for the past 22 years; currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the North Dakota Army National Guard.

Dr. Dicks joined the faculty at Concordia College in 2019. He teaches several Exercise Sciences courses: EXS 245: Introduction to Exercise Science, EXS 350: Physiology of Exercise, EXS 370: Strength & Conditioning Programming & Management, EXS 410: Exercise Counseling & Behavior Strategies, EXS 460: Exercise and Chronic Disease, EXS489: Pre-practicum and EXS 490: Practicum. He serves as the Clinical Coordinator for the Exercise Science program and as a co-faculty mentor for the Exercise Science Club at Concordia.

Dr. Dicks is passionate about improving the physiological performance of athletes and occupational professionals. His military law enforcement background, competing as an endurance athlete, and actively coaching in endurance sports (i.e., marathon, triathlons) have fueled his research interests. Those research areas explore athletic testing methods, improvements in athletic performance, and occupational performance investigations.

Selected Publications:

Dicks, N.D., Mahoney, S.J., Kramer, M., Lyman, K. J., Christensen, B.K., Pettitt, R.W. & Hackney, K.J. (2021) Increased Velocity at VO2max and Load Carriage Performance in Army ROTC Cadets: Prescription Using the Critical Velocity Concept. ErgonomicsDOI: 10.1080/00140139.2020.1858186

Barry, A. M., Lyman, K. L., Dicks, N.D., McGeorge, C. R., Carper, M. J., & Walch, T. J. (2020). Firefighters Are More Physically Active On-Duty Compared to Off-Duty. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(24), 9380. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249380

Roloff, Z.A., Dicks, N.D., Krynski, L.M., Hartman, M.E., Ekkekakis, P., Pettitt, R.W. (2020). Rating of affective valence closely track changes in oxygen uptake: Application to high-intensity interval exercise. Performance Enhancement & Health, 7(3-4), 100158. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.peh.2020.100158

Dicks, N.D., C.J. Kotarsky, K.A. Trautman, A.M. Barry, J.F. Keith, S. Mitchell, W. Byun, S.N. Stastny, K.J. Hackney (2019). Contribution of Protein Intake and Concurrent Exercise to Skeletal Muscle Quality with Aging. The Journal of Frailty & Aging, 9, 51-56. https://doi.org/10.14283/jfa.2019.40

Dicks, N.D., Lyman, K.J., Hackney, K.J., Walch, T.J., & Barry, A.M. (2019) An Occupational Specific VO2max  Protocol for Structural Firefighters. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 61(5), 405-409. DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001570


Dr. Nathan Dicks

Assistant Professor/Clinical Coordinator, Exercise Science ISC – 354B