Karen Rickel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Chair of Sport and Physical Education

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 knew she wouldn't leave after running along the river in the...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Education, University of Idaho

M.S., Sport Science, University of Idaho

B.S., Physical Education, Eastern Washington University

A.A., Spokane Falls Community College

Courses Taught

Sport in the Social Context

Nutrition for Health and Fitness

Soc/Psych Aspects of Sport

CPR, First Aid, Safety Education

Health and Human Movement

Diversity in Sport


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 knew she wouldn't leave after running along the river in the fall. Her four siblings are all still in California, but her parents moved to Poulsbo, Washington and she enjoys having them closer to visit and camp together.

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.

Rickel, K.F. (2008) Exercise adherence: Promoting exercise though philosophy, life stories & technology. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.

Hasey, C., Rickel, K.F., Stoll, S.K., & Beller. J.M. (2007). Facilitating an online philosophic personal commitment to exercise. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. 78(1), A92-A93.

Rickel, K.F., Stoll, S.K., Beller, J.M. (2006). A life narrative based exercise philosophy & curriculum for exercise adherence. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 77(Suppl.1), A31-A32.

Rickel, K. F., Stoll, S.K., Beller, J.M. (2005). Effects of a life narrative based exercise philosophy, internet enhanced curriculum on college participants' subjective and objective exercise values. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 76 (Suppl.1), A107-A108.