Dr. Kimberly Bush is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management within the College of Natural Resources at NC State University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1992, a master’s degree in physical education from Ohio University (1994), a master’s degree in education from OSU (2000), and a Ph.D. in sport and exercise pedagogy from The Ohio State University (2002).
Dr. Bush pursues excellence in teaching and student learning through the relationships she fosters in and out of the classroom. Her teaching is largely influenced by an ethic of care which is developed from experiences and involves an individual’s feeling of connectedness with others as well as a desire to nurture others. The objective of her ethic of care is to instill in students an ability to think and act critically. This approach to teaching has proved successful; as Dr. Bush received the Distinguished Teaching Award from The Ohio State University (2002). She has also received recognition through NC State University’s “Thank a Teacher” program (2011 and 2012).
Dr. Bush’s scholarship is generally sparked by questions that arise from her teaching experiences. Central to her teaching and scholarship is partnering with students to understand issues related to social equity with the goal of developing respect for individuals and the creation of sustainable communities that foster healthy active lifestyles and environmental justice. Dr. Bush has published three articles in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored a book chapter, had one journal abstract accepted, written one instructional manual, presented at four International conferences, 18 National conferences, and 10 state conferences, and has been invited to present 7 Scholarly presentations.
Dr. Bush is a strong believer in the obligation a land grant institution has to its community. She directly engages students with external partners, and in her three years at NC State has received four mini-grants from the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity totaling $12,000. She has utilized the funds to create an Undergraduate Diversity Symposium for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, and designed a program, College Bound, which is a collaboration with NC State, two other universities, and a local low income elementary school. She brings over 200 PRTM volunteers to College Bound for the purpose of inspiring elementary students to think about college, while simultaneously providing an opportunity for NC State students to engage with a low income, high minority population. Dr. Bush was awarded a Pride of the Wolfpack Award (2012) for the programs she has created.