Bill Campbell, PhD, CSCS, FISSN
is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Exercise and Performance Nutrition Laboratory at the University of South Florida. Dr. Campbell’s research focuses on improving exercise performance and enhancing physique through the synergism of resistance exercise and nutrition. Dr. Campbell has published over 100 scientific papers and abstracts, and three books on sports nutrition, including the “NSCA’s Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition” and “Sports Nutrition: Enhancing Athletic Performance.” Lastly, Dr. Campbell is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with the NSCA and is a Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.1. How did you get started in your career?
I started as a natural bodybuilder and fitness trainer in my mid-20s. At this time, I decided to further my education by obtaining a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and then a Doctorate in Exercise, Nutrition, and Preventive Health at Baylor University. 2. Who has helped you achieve your personal career goals?
From a global perspective, God has given me life, a healthy body, and a healthy mind to pursue those areas in which my passion and talents reside. My wife has supported me and has contributed to my professional development resulting in levels of professional achievement that would not have been possible without her. From a mentor perspective, Dr. Richard Kreider was my mentor during my doctoral work at Baylor University and had the largest influence on my professional career. How did they help?
Dr. Kreider provided a tremendous amount of opportunity for me as a graduate student. Working in his research laboratory with my colleagues prepared me very well for the career that I have now as someone who researches various aspects of resistance training, sports nutrition, and performance enhancement. 3. How has the NSCA helped in your professional career?
Through its various journals, books, publications, and conferences, the NSCA has provided a venue for me to share my thoughts and writings on a platform that reaches a lot of members and influential players in the strength and fitness industry. 4. In what ways have you been involved with the NSCA?
My first involvement with the NSCA was as a graduate student when I served as a member of the Student Link Council. This council was comprised of several students and our task was to communicate the various needs and potential for student involvement for student members to the NSCA’s Board of Directors. A few years later, I became involved with the Nutrition, Metabolism, and Body Composition Special Interest Group. At first, I joined as a member of the group, later, I was elected as a committee member, and most recently I served as Chair of this special interest group. Currently, I am the Elected Secretary for the NSCA’s Research & Education Committee. My involvement in these committees has provided some outstanding opportunities for me to speak and write for the NSCA as well. I, along with Marie Spano, are the Editors of the “NSCA’s Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition” and I have been able to speak at several of the NSCA’s past conferences, such as the National Conference, the Sport-Specific Conference, and the Personal Trainers Conference. 5. How has volunteering helped you contribute to your community?
The opportunities that I have had to volunteer with the NSCA have put me in contact with some of the brightest and most influential individuals in our profession. Spending time with these individuals and learning from them has allowed me to turn around and share my knowledge with others in my community that may benefit from my experiences and research. 6. What personal goals have you achieved by volunteering with the NSCA?
One of my career and lifetime goals was to achieve tenure and promotion at my University - The University of South Florida. God’s grace and my volunteering with the NSCA has opened up many opportunities for me that I have been able to take advantage of, and this has helped me achieve this personal goal of mine. 7. What advice would you provide to those looking to volunteer with the NSCA?
Investigate which committees exist within the NSCA and then try to match these opportunities with your talents and passion. Once you do this, I would then reach out to current members on these various committees and ask them how you can get involved. 8. What advice would you give to those starting out in their career?
To attend an NSCA conference and get to know the people that are speaking, writing, and that are involved in the organization. I would ask them if you could have lunch with them, and then be prepared to ask them for advice and any wisdom that they can share with you. In essence, I would seek out the best of the NSCA and then attempt to spend some time with them and learn from them.