Shirley H.M. Reekie, Ph.D.
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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. She has
recently been commissioned to write a history of Trearddur Bay Sailing Club, founded
PhD, The Ohio State University, 1982
MA, The University of Leeds, 1976
BEd (Hons), I.M.Marsh College of Physical Education/The University of Liverpool, 1975
Expertise, Research & Teaching Interests
Shirley's research and teaching interests are in sport history and comparative sport studies. While holding various leadership positions, she has lectured in the UK, Ireland, Germany, the former USSR. People’s Republic of China, the former Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Kuwait, Japan, Canada, and Kenya. Main areas of expertise are sport history and international/comparative sport; sailing, rowing, kayaking.
Sailing, rowing, kayaking, undergrad and grad sport history, writing workshop, intro to Kinesiology, senior seminar, research methods, MUSE classes, and a variety of teacher education classes and supervision; recently served as department chair.
Reekie, Shirley H. M. (2012). Bean Bags to Bod Pods: A History of 150 years of San José State University’s Department of Kinesiology. Minneapolis: Mill City.
Reekie, Shirley H. M. (2005). Sailing. In Encyclopedia of World Sport (Vol. 3, pp. 1310-1321). Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire.
Reekie, Shirley H. M. (2014) “Being a Department Chair.” Invited presentation at American Kinesiology Association, Santa Clara, CA.
Reekie, Shirley H.M. (2009). “University Teaching.” Featured speaker at CAHPERD Conference, Santa Clara, CA.
Reekie, Shirley H. M. (2007) “Olympics, past, present and future: What can other countries and other times teach us? Shenyang Sport University, PRC.
Reekie, Shirley H. M. (2004) “Cricket—what it is and what it’s not; how to teach the game” CAHPERD, 2004.
Reekie, Shirley H. M. (2003) “Does history matter? Teaching sport and physical education history” AAHPERD.
Undergraduate/Graduate Student Research Supervision
Currently supervising undergraduate and graduate students in sport management; the most recent thesis supervised was in 2014 , on Chinese wushu athletes’ training.