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    Russell H. Lord  


PE 113                                     Phone: (406) 657-2362

1500 University Drive                  Fax: (406) 657-2399

Billings, MT 59101            



I am a Professor in both the Department of Health and Human Performance and the Department of Educational Theory and Practice and I taught and coached at the middle school, high school, and college levels prior to coming to MSU-Billings.  My academic preparation in behavioral science and exercise science blends with my personal experiences in sport and physical activity to make me really fortunate to be a professor in my two departments.  In my career, I have been fortunate in having had absolutely incredible undergraduate and then graduate advisors and I aim to someday being as skillful and effective as they were


In my research, I tend to focus on developmental impacts of sport and physical activity, but have published in areas as diverse as motor learning (i.e. free throw shooting), psychometrics (i.e. test construction, measurement), comparative teaching strategies (i.e. different means for teaching accounting), comparative effectiveness of different counseling treatments (i.e. methamphetamine addicts), etc.  I also write a regular article for each issue of The Sports Page, a quarterly publication of Montana Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and have made dozens of conference presentations on topics related to teaching science through sport, effective practice conditions, various aspects of sport performance and rehabilitation, and similar topics. At times, I also consult in activities such as expert witness testimony, text reviewer, project evaluator, etc. but my greatest professional pleasure involves teaching and working with students.
Committed to the service responsibilities that I believe all professionals accept as part of being professional, I serve on numerous boards, provide pro bono consulting to schools and related agencies, and have served as a department chair, associate dean, and chair of various campus entities such as the Institutional Review Board.


In Health and Human Performance, I teach the following courses:

HHP 300 Motor Learning & Control

HHP 364 Research Methods in Health & Human Performance

HHP 430 Exercise Physiology

HHP 550 Psychological Principles

HHP 499/599 Thesis



Away from campus, I prefer backcountry, telemark skiing above other outdoor activities that I also love – such as backpacking, hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, hunting, and traveling (which for me needs to have an outdoor component). My wife and I have rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon unguided, spent six weeks traipsing around Alaska with our three children when they were aged 10, 12, and 14 (they now are 25, 27, and 29), backpacked with our kids for two weeks at a time in New Mexico when they were 1, 3, and 5 years old, and continue to live as active, outdoor a lifestyle as possible. When one or another of our adult children is willing, I have run over the Beartooth Mountains with them, completed the Peaks to Prairies Triathlon in tandem (run together, tandem bike, and canoe), and try to keep up with them even though it slows them down a bit.


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