Ben Rollenhagen may be the walking definition of a Jack of All Trades in his role in Central Michigan University's Department of Physical Education and Sport. His role at CMU includes teaching skill-related courses in the teacher preparation program, athletic coaching course in the coaching minor, and serving as the Director of CMU's physical activity and sports skills program. On top of that, Ben serves on various committees at the Department, University, and national levels.
After earning his Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University in 2007, and spending a short time as an adapted education specialist and athletic coach in Ohio, Ben returned to CMU to earn his Master of Arts in Physical Education: Pedagogy. Upon completion, he continued on as a fixed term faculty member in 2010. A major component of Ben's responsibilities is as Coordinator of CMU's sport and physical activity courses. He oversees fixed-term faculty and graduate assistants as they teach over thirty courses a semester.
Ben's contribution as an instructor is invaluable. He teaches several methods courses, equipping majors and minors with competencies and tools to teach a variety of individual and team activities. One of Ben's major strengths is the implantation of innovative technologies to plan, teach and assess effectively. He also has contributed significantly to revising the coaching minor to make it a cutting-edge program. Ben created two courses for the coaching minor, and designed them both for online delivery,
Ben's contribution to the field of physical education extends well beyond the classroom. Ben has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles, made various presentations at the national and state level, and served as a consultant and committee member for many community and national organizations. One of Ben's current projects is his funding through the Specialized Foundation to create and oversee the implementation of a national cycling curriculum for schools. The Foundation is funding the creation of Ride for Focus program. Ben and Central Michigan University is funded to create the curriculum and create teacher training to implement the program. Neuro-scientists from Stanford University are working in conjunction with the project to assess potential changes in the brain in middle school students who complete the program.
To stay active, Ben can be found riding bikes. He rides competitively all year and even directs/coordinates a few races every year. In the past, he has put on the two largest races in state for road cycling.