Bio: Dr. Kim Bodey was a first-generation college student. She was a division I track and field athlete before she decided to get to start teaching. She was a varsity letter winner on the track and field team at the University of Illinois for shot put and Discus, and competed in the 1992 Olympic Trials in New Orleans for shot put. She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois. She has also earned two degrees from the University of Arkansas: a masters in sports management and a doctorate in recreation.
Q: What is your favorite and least favorite thing about teaching?
A: Favorite thing about teaching – answering student questions. I know that sounds strange, but questions often turn into interesting discussions.
Least favorite thing about teaching – grading papers with poor grammar and punctuation. It is so hard to know what the writer intended to say. It is so much better – more interesting – when the author writes in a clear and concise way.
Q: What is your favorite thing about ISU?
A: Working with the sport management faculty – Drs. Witkemper, Blaszka, Morehead and Stewart. We are a motivated group, invested in student success, so we are always trying to make the sport management program better. This makes coming to work interesting and fun.
Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: I like to create things – this could be planning themed events, making holiday wreaths and ornaments, or photography and scrapbooking.
Q: What advice would you give to students?
A: Always attend class. You will get so much more out of your college experience if you interact with your professors and classmates. And, never (ever) be afraid to ask a question. Professors want to help and do not always know when what they are saying is not clear.
Q: How would you describe yourself as a teacher? How do you think students would describe you?
A: I take my role in preparing students to enter the workforce very seriously, so I have high standards. As a result, I provide a lot of depth to course learning materials and encourage students to seek help when needed. Also, I believe students would say I am intense. But I think that is because I very focused on students learning the most they can in my courses.