Faculty and Staff

As the Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the College of Health Professions and Sciences at the University of Central Florida, Joel acts as the chief operating officer to oversee the day-to-day administration of the College, including academic program quality; analytics and integrated planning; compliance, ethics, and risk; facilities and space; faculty excellence; graduate affairs; operational excellence and assessment support; and technology. Cramer’s academic career started in 2003 and has spanned appointments at six separate R1 institutions, including The University of Texas at Arlington, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, The University of Texas at El Paso, and now the University of Central Florida. Administratively, Joel’s strengths include mentorship; faculty development and evaluation; shared governance; recruitment, hiring, and retention; policies, procedures, and guidelines; academic program development; and strategic planning.


  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • MPE, Master of Physical Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • BA, Bachelor of Arts, Exercise Science, Creighton University


  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Fellow, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • Fellow, International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN)

Joel Cramer’s career in research focuses on human skeletal muscle health. Specifically, his lab conducts clinical trials sponsored by industry, federal, and foundational sources (cumulative total of $3.8 million) for in vivo human subject research to examine changes in muscle strength, size, and function across the lifespan. Using “research as a teaching tool,” he has prepared 8 doctoral students as successful academicians, 9 master’s students, and 12 undergraduate students to gain admittance into health-related professional schools. Cramer has authored or co-authored over 230 peer-reviewed scientific articles indexed in PubMed.gov, 9 book chapters, and 1 textbook. His work has been cited over 13,000 times, which has earned him an h-index of 62 and an i10-index of 182. In 2015, Joel won the William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist of the Year Award, which is the highest honor given to researchers by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Areas of Specialty
  • Sarcopenia
  • Human Performance
  • nutrition
  • Metabolism
Research Lab Affiliations
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