Program Leader: Shirley Reekie
Shirley Reekie received an undergraduate degree from I.M. Marsh College of Physical Education, Liverpool, and the University of Liverpool, UK and a master's degree from the University of Leeds. Following three years teaching physical education, English and geography at Keswick School, Shirley earned a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University with a dissertation entitled "A History of Sport and Recreation for Women in Great Britain 1700-1850." Shirley came to San Jose State University in 1982 and had one book "Sailing Made Simple," published in 1986, and another "Bean Bags to Bod Pods" that chronicles the Kinesiology Department's 150 years, published in 2012. Shirley's research and teaching interests are in sport history and comparative sport studies. A competitive masters' rower and dinghy sailor, Shirley also enjoys kayaking, gardening, reading, and playing the bagpipes.
Shirley spends each summer in Anglesey, learning to sail, windsurf, kayak, and teaching local kids for many years. She was head of PE at Keswick School for several years and continue maintaing contacts with the institution. Her family heritage is Scottish and many of her family still live in Scotland; thus, she still has excellent connections and ties with each location.