About Rick Steele




From 2007 to 2011, I was an adjunct instructor teaching various courses in fitness and wellness at Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria and Lord Fairfax Community College.  I have been a full-time faculty member in the Physical Education Department at NOVA-Alexandria since 2011, and have been Assistant Dean of Physical Education and Health since January 2014.  It is truly a privilege to be part of a college community at NOVA that truly cares about the success of our students.

Since 2003, I have been a Personal Trainer in the NOVA area.  I have extensive experience working at various fitness centers.  During that time, I have worked with people that have all types of fitness and health goals.  My specialty is helping those with various special needs such as weight loss, joint/spine problems, significant health concerns, and kids.

I design my courses to show students the fundamental principles behind fitness, sports, and wellness.  More importantly, my aim is to give students the tools to apply those principles in a practical way to help them achieve their goals.  College can be a very stressful time and one can get lost in the day to day responsibilities and tasks that are demanded of students. Sometimes people forget to take care of themselves when that happens.  I hope my courses teach students the importance of improving their wellness and provide the tools for them to be healthy and fit…now, and in the future.



University of North Carolina – Greensboro, Doctoral Student in Kinesiology (EdD), Expected Graduation – August 2020

George Mason University, Master of Science – Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion, 2007

James Madison University, Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, 1999