NiCole R. Keith, Ph.D., FACSM is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and the associate dean of faculty affairs in the School of Health & Human Sciences. Keith is dedicated to research and programming that increases physical activity participation, improves fitness, and positively influences health outcomes while addressing health equity. She has served on the IUPUI faculty since 2002 and is also a research scientist at the IU Center for Aging Research in the IU School of Medicine and a Regenstrief Institute investigator. Keith was the 2014–16 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) vice president of membership, communication, education, and policy, the 2020-2021 ACSM president, and serves on ACSM's Exercise is Medicine and American Fitness Index Advisory Boards as well as several other ACSM national committees.
Keith earned a B.S. degree in Physical Education from Howard University in 1992, a M.S. degree in Exercise Science from the University of Rhode Island in 1994, a Ph.D. degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Connecticut in 1999, and a M.S. degree in Clinical Research from Indiana University in 2011. She is trained in physical activity, community, and clinical research. Her areas of expertise include health promotion, development and implementation of appropriate physical activity and fitness measures, and sustainable community programs for adult fitness. She has worked with patient populations in Indianapolis for nearly two decades.