Shirley H.M. Reekie, Ph.D.



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Research Gate Profile

Shirley Reekie 


Professor Bio

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 in 1919.


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.


Courses Taught

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.


Selected Publications

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.


Selected Presentations

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.


Professional Affiliations


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