Amy Jo Sutterleuty - Health and Physical Education
Division of Health & Physical Education
Dr. Sutterluety is a Professor and Program Chair at Baldwin Wallace College and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. At the College she coordinates and teaches in the areas of Exercise Physiology, Pre-Physical Therapy, Health Promotion and Education. She is currently the State of Ohio Chairperson for the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity.
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
I have learned that you can never become complacent about your subject matter. There are always new ways to present information and new pieces of information that can increase the student’s interest and understanding.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
Quite frankly, I got lucky!! I graduated from Ohio State University on June 10, 1994 got married on June 18, 1994 and then spent several weeks in Europe on holiday with my new husband. After returning to Canal Fulton (our current home), I sent out resumes/vitaes to MANY MANY organizations. I expected and anticipated continuing my work in the area of medical rehabilitation (cardiac rehab and diabetic education). However, Baldwin-Wallace College was looking for a one-year instructor. I took the one year appointment and then applied for the full-time tenure track position the next year. Eleven years later I am still here!!! I continue in college teaching because of the inspiration of my colleagues and the students.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
Mentoring is such an overused word ... I provide students with direction, answer questions, reply to emails and send out weekly tidbits of information related to the discipline and opportunities related to the students’ interests. This allows students to begin to build a relationship with me and the Division to find their “niche” in their chosen area … or to determine what that area might be. If this interaction and interest for a student creates a mentoring relationship, great … if it creates a student with more information and knowledge to make good decisions for him/herself, even better.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
I would be spending time with my family, gardening, volunteering and figuring out my next venture. Maybe in the area of health coaching for families.
What do students like best about your class?:
Hmm … that in the end the classes are hard and make them move out of their comfort zones but they realize that they can learn the information and APPLY it. I think in the end the students realize that “this class was hard but I really learned the information”.