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Dr. Michelle Bateman

Dr. Michelle Bateman

Assistant Professor

"Communication is key and also paying attention to due dates and asking questions."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – Oklahoma State University, 2018

Career Highlights:

Hello! My name is Dr. Michelle Bateman and I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Science and Wellness at Northwest Missouri State University. I graduated from Oklahoma State University with my Ph.D. in Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Recreational Therapy. I also received my master's in exercise science and my bachelor's in sports management. I am a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS) and certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as an exercise physiologist (EP-C). I have had the unique opportunity to work with numerous populations both as a recreational therapist and as an exercise physiologist. The populations I have served range from individuals with physical disabilities (primarily SCI, TBI, stroke), intellectual disabilities, mental illness, older adults, veterans and elite Olympic athletes. With all of that being said, my favorite setting to work in was behavioral health. My research interests include assessing the impact of physical activity on health outcomes.

In which online program(s) do you teach?

M.S. in Recreation – Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation Management and Sports Management

In what ways do you connect with online students?

Pre-recorded VidGrid lectures, Zoom meetings, online discussions and emails.

What advice would you give to your online students?

Communication is key and also paying attention to due dates and asking questions.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

“Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki.

What do you do when you need a laugh?

Call my sister, she has some good jokes! :)

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