department of kinesiology

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Penny Steen

Penny Steen
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Exercise Science
  • Phone: 401.874.5446
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  • Mailing Address: Independence Square, Suite P, RM 219


While teaching undergraduate classes during my assistantship at URI, Penny Steen realized a true passion for teaching in academia.  She feels privileged to have the opportunity to play out her ambition to return to teach in this setting many years later. Prior to joining the faculty at URI in the fall of 2005, she had been teaching fitness and wellness adult education programs for over 20 years. She has worked in clinical fitness (cardiac rehabilitation and maintenance), as well as commercial, corporate, and community fitness/wellness settings. She has been a Certification Specialist and Continuing Education Provider for the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America since 1984. This affiliation has allowed her to travel, present workshops, teach certification classes, and to network with many professional fitness/wellness educators all over the United States, Europe, and Brazil. She has taught training workshops for instructors of group exercise, yoga, personal training and various youth fitness programs.  She currently serves as the chair of the Certified Personal Training Committee for the American College of Sports Medicine.

Her mission in pedagogy is to inspire the desire for life-long learning. Her goal is for students to leave each course with the desire to learn more than what they read in the text or were exposed to in the classroom. Her experience provides a valuable reference in helping students realize the practical application of their classroom studies. She looks for opportunities to use humor, demonstration and role-playing to bring the classroom to life.

She is a firm believer in the preventive benefits of physical activity. She believes our personal choice to practice healthy lifestyle behaviors not only impacts our own lives, but lives of our children and others as we lead by example. She is deeply inspired by her son who completed his doctoral program in Statistical Evaluation. Though he is physically challenged with Cerebral Palsy, he demonstrates immeasurable strength as he manages the inconvenience of needing crutches to maneuver through day-to-day tasks. Her teenage daughter, a member of an elite dance company, is also an inspiration. Penny is reminded by her daughter to laugh, dance and play everyday.


  • M .S. Physical Education (Exercise Science), University of Rhode Island, 1994
  • B.S., Physical Education (Fitness Concentration), University of Rhode Island, Secondary Concentration: Psychology

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