College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.


School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

PhD, The Ohio State University
Associate Professor

Contact Information

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Phone: (703) 993-8522
Fax: (703) 993-2126
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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
RAC 2108
4400 University Dr.
MS 4E5
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. Schack received his academic training from the California State University at Northridge (BA, MA), and The Ohio State University (PhD). He has been at George Mason University since 1975 during which time he has taught adapted physical education, motor learning, several professional activity classes, a variety of basic activity classes and coordinated student teaching in physical education. He was Assistant Chair of the original Health and Physical Education Program from 1979-87. During this time he developed the non-teaching program in physical education including the coordination and supervision of internships. That program is now divided into six programs, Athletic Training and Education Program, Exercise, Fitness and Health Promotion, Health and Physical Education, Kinesiology, Recreation Managment - Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Recreation Management - Therapeutic Recreation, Sport Management, Sport and Recreation Studies,  and Tourism and Events Management.  From 1999-2011 he Coordinated the Physical Activity and Physical Activity for Lifetime Wellness Program for the School of Recreation Health, and Tourism. His presentations have been on the local as well as national and international levels on a variety of topics including sports for the disabled, exercise effects on Alzheimers patients, and the effects of exercise on disease, aging, and the immune system.

Research Interests

  • Effects of Exercise on Reduction of Sundowners Symptoms in Alzheimers Disease
  • Protective Effect of Exercise on Dementia 

Recent Publications

Schack, F.K. (2014), Exercise, Chronic Disease and Immunology, Journal of HIgher Education Theory and Practice, North American Business Press, Inc., Vol 14 (5).