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Heidi Nordstrom

Asst Prof, 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

Associate 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 150

Dr. Rickel was born and raised in the California Bay Area.  She moved to Spokane in 1992. She loves being in the Northwest and still plays "Let it Snow" the first snowfall of the year.  She new she wouldn't leave after running along the river in the fall.  Her 4 siblings are all still in California, but her parents moved to Poulsbo, Washington and enjoys having them closer to visit and camp with.

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 (previously in 1998) as the women's golf coach.  Dr. Rickel and her husband have two daughters and enjoy spending time and playing together as a family camping, golfing, and kayaking.

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Jimmy Smith
Asst Prof, Sport & Phys Ed

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

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

Office Location
RC 156

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Nichole Calkins
Assistant Professor of Physical Education Pedagogy / Program Director Kinesiology & Physical Education Department

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

Phone: (509) 313-5762

Office Location

Dr. Calkins was a high school health and physical education teacher for 14.5 years and a P.E. & Health Instructional Specialist for 2 years in the public-school system.  She also coached a variety of sports teams at the middle and high school level.

Dr. Calkins was a key contributor to the 2016 Washington State Health and Physical Education standards. She enjoys curriculum development and conducting professional development for health and physical education teachers.  She has authored a CPR in the Schools curriculum for Public-Health King County & Seattle, and a Fuel Up to Play 60 nutrition and physical activity curriculum for the Washington Dairy Council.  

 She is a certified ACSM Personal Trainer and has worked with clients in group training sessions and in individual training sessions.  She is also an Army Reserves veteran.