In 2001, Dr. Simenz joined the faculty of Marquette University Department of Physical Therapy- Program in Exercise Science as a clinical faculty and practicum coordinator of the Program in Exercise Science. His responsibilities include teaching coursework in the areas of kinesiology, aging, obesity, sport injury and exercise leadership while managing student internship experiences.
Dr. Simenz currently works in a collaborative research team using community based participatory research (CBPR) to study obesity reduction/prevention as well focused on underserved populations in Milwaukee's central city. Additionally, he is engaged in several research projects aiming to address policies in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, land use, and education to reduce the incidence of obesity and related co-morbidities in the Milwaukee area.
In addition to his academic work, Dr. Simenz is an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, through which he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has presented at the local, national, and international levels in the area of strength and conditioning.Dr. Simenz received his Ph.D. from Marquette University in the area of Educational Policy and Leadership. His coursework and studies focused on the role of education in the United States and its impact on minorities and cultural diversity. His interest in cultural diversity in education has led Dr. Simenz to teach in Marquette’s Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), which works to educate and retain disadvantaged students at Marquette with a variety of pre-college and summer programs.