Faculty


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Dr. Boyd Foster

Associate Professor

Physical Education Department
School of Education
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: 509-313-3604
Fax: 509-313-3482

Office Location
RC 152

Office Hours
TBA

Boyd Foster completed his doctorate in Exercise and Wellness at Arizona State University. Prior to that, he worked in Sport and Worksite Rehabilitation for several physical therapy groups, and taught anatomy and physiology. 

His prior research focused on resting metabolic rate, respiratory quotient, and their relationship in predicting successful fat loss.  He continues to investigate issues surrounding the increasingly obese population in America, as well as challenges related to the rising incidence of overweight/obese children. 

Currently, Dr. Foster's interests include the role of culture as it relates to activity and nutrition education, prediction of adult activity participation levels based on high school physical education experinece and attitudes; and outcome measures for students completing health-related fitness activity/content courses compared to more traditional physical education delivery systems.

 
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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 134

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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S. Roger Park

Director of Graduate Program

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

Phone: (509) 313-3483
Fax: (509) 313-3482

Office Location
RC 156

Dr. S. Roger Park is an Associate Professor of Sport and Physical Education and currently serving as Director of Graduate Program in Sport and Athletic Administration at Gonzaga University. Dr. Park holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics with a business minor from Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, and a Master's degree in Sport Management from the University of Florida.  He received his Doctorate degree in Sport Management with an Applied Research Methods and Statistics minor from the University of Northern Colorado.  Before Dr. Park came to Gonzaga University, he developed and taught MBA courses, including Sport Management and Promotions, Sport Finance, and Research Methods at the School of Business at Saint Leo University in Tampa, Florida.  At Gonzaga University, Dr. Park teaches in the areas of Sport Promotions, Statistics and Research Methods, and Facility Management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

His research interests focus on the sport sponsorship, sport marketing, cross-cultural studies, and international sport management. He participated in such sport marketing projects as Spokane Shock, Spokane Chiefs, YMCA of the Rockies, Sponsorship Screening Tool for LG Electronics, Sponsorship Evaluation of LG Action Sports Championships, US National Taekwondo Championships, etc. He successfully secured research grants from the Academy of Korea Studies, National Research Foundation of Korea, and Gonzaga University Research Council as principal investigator or co-researcher. He has published articles in national and international journals such as International Journal of Sport Management, International Journal of Sport Marketing and Management, Sport Marketing Quarterly, and International Journal of Applied Sport Science, Journal of Kinesiology and Wellness and has presented his research work at regional, national, and international conferences. He is currently serving as the editorial board member for Journal of Kinesiology and Wellness and Korea Sport Business Journal. 

Dr. Park was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, where he practiced several martial arts such as Taekwondo (4th degree black belt), Judo (1st degree black belt), and Aikido.  He also served as a flight dispatcher in the K-16th U.S. Army Aviation in Korea from 1996 to 1998.  He lives with his wife, Choyeon, and two sons, Eugene and Ayden.

 
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Dr. Jeff Reed

Assistant Professor

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

Phone: (509) 313-3915
Fax: (509) 313-3482

Office Location
RC 138

Dr. Reed has just completed 36 years of teaching Physical Education and Health, ranging from the Preschool to College levels.  Coaching numerous sports has occupied much of his time as well.  A Spokane native, Dr. Reed received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Eastern Washington University and his PhD from Gonzaga University.  He recently acquired his CSCS Certified Strength and Conditioning special certification.  One of Dr. Reed's passions is to work with his dogs Brodie and Kinzer two Labs.His other love is the outdoors, just ask him about his hunting or fishing.

 
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Dr. Karen Rickel

Assistant Professor

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. Jon Sunderland

Associate Professor

E. 502 Boone Ave
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 313-3509
Fax: 313-5485

Office Location
RC 203

Doctorate from the University of Oregon, MA and BA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

 
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Dr. Diane Tunnell

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

Physical Education Dept.
School of Education
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3479
Fax: (509) 313-5485

Office Location
Rosauer 158

Office Hours
Variable weekly - See RC 158 or MC 315 for weekly schedule

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.