Faculty


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Boe Burrus

Lecturer

AD Box 025

Phone: 509-313-3604

Office Location
RC 152

 
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Heidi Nordstrom

Lecturer-AT, Sprt & Phys Ed

714 E Boone Ave
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6283
Fax: 509.313.3482

Office Location
RC 154

Dr. Heidi Nordstrom is excited to bring her enthusiasm for sports and education to Gonzaga University. Heidi grew up in Western Washington on a small farm near Mt. Rainier. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Washington University in Recreation Management in 2003. Heidi used her recreation degree in the following positions: campus recreation, outdoor education, organizing sports leagues and community events for the City of Federal Way Parks and Recreation department, and working for the climbing company Rainier Mountaineering.
 
Heidi completed her Masters of Education Degree from the University of Washington Tacoma campus in 2008. She taught sixth grade for one year and Physical Education/Health in grades K-12 for two years. Heidi was an assistant girl’s high school basketball coach for two years and an assistant basketball coach at an NAIA college in Montana.
 
Heidi received her doctorate in Sports Administration with a minor in Educational Psychology at the University of New Mexico in June, 2013. While at UNM she worked as a Teaching Assistant in the physical activity program and in the athletics department for academic support. She worked primarily with the football and men’s basketball teams. During the 2012-2013 school year, Heidi worked for the University of Washington Athletic Department in Student-Athlete Development.
 
Heidi’s dissertation topic was looking at the experiences of high school and college female football officials and she continues to do research in the area of sports officiating and gender studies.

 
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Dr. Karen Rickel

Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Sport and Physical Education

School of Education
502 E. Boone Avenue
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3502
Fax: (509) 313-3482

Office Location
RC 144

Dr. Rickel was born and raised in the California Bay Area.  She moved to Spokane in 1992 and loves being in the Northwest and still plays "Let it Snow" the first snowfall of the year.  Her 4 siblings are all still in California, but she has gotten her parents to move to Poulsbo, Washington and enjoys having them closer.

Dr. Rickel received her Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Washington University, in Health and Wellness Promotion and her Master's and PhD in Education from the University of Idaho.  Most of her in-laws are here in Spokane and her husband is back at Gonzaga University as the women's golf coach.  Dr. Rickel and her husband have two daughters and enjoy spending time and playing together as a family.

 
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Dr. Diane Tunnell

Associate Dean, School of Education

Dean's Office
School of Education
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3479
Fax: (509) 313-5821

Office Location
Rosauer 203E

Dr. Diane (Doc) Tunnell is a true "Okie from Muskogee."  Born, raised, and educated in Oklahoma, she came to the northwest in 1987 looking for a place to call home.  Dr. Tunnell received her Bachelor's degree, a teaching certification, and Master's degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University.  She then began her teaching career and taught health and physical education in the K-12 system for the next 10 years.  During this time she was also afforded the opportunity to adjunct instruct at her alma mater.  This gave her the desire to return to school and persue a doctorate so that she could teach at the university level.  In 1994, she quit her teaching job and returned to school fulltime at Oklahoma State University where she received her doctorate.
She has just completed her teaching career of 25 years at Gonzaga and is now serving as the Associate Dean for the School of Education.