Reekie, Shirley H M

Reekie, Shirley H M

Professor and former chair, Department of Kinesiology;
specialist in sport history, international sport; sailing, rowing, kayaking




Preferred: (408) 924-3020

Office Hours

By appointment; by email; in SPX 173K

Classes taught:
KIN 9A Beginning Sailing
Kin 10A Beginning Kayaking
Kin 11A Beginning Rowing
KIN 160 History of Sport and PE

Supervision of various projects

Please contact me if you have questions about the CHHS International Experience requirement.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio St Univ Main Campus, 1982
  • Master of Arts, Physical Education, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 1976
  • Bachelor of Education (Hons), Physical Education, I M Marsh College of PE/University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, 1975

Licenses and Certificates

Rowing: US Rowing Level 2 coaching certification 2018

Sailing: RYA Senior Sailing Instructor; ASA Small Boat Sailing Instructor; Keelboat Instructor

Kayaking:ACA Coastal Kayak Day Trip Leader


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 served as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology from 2006-2014.

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's philosophy of teaching and learning includes the beliefs that:

(1) education is a process, not a commodity that can be bought

(2) when students actively engage themselves in the learning process they do much better than when they are mere spectators in a class

(3) students learn most when they are helped to know how to ask the right questions

(4) learning never occurs in a vacuum and the more connections that can be made across boundaries the more real the learning can become

(5) a good teacher will encourage students to become less, not more, dependent on him/her as they learn



Reekie, S.H.M. (2019). Time and Tide: Trearddur Bay Sailing Club 1919-2019.    London:          Ripping Image.

Reekie, S.H.M. (2012).  Bean Bags to Bod Pods: A History of 150 Years of San José State           University’s Department of Kinesiology. Mill City: Minneapolis.

Reekie, S. H M. (1986). Sailing made simple. Human Kinetics: Champaign, IL.

plus over 100 publications/presentations.