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Joyce Bailey

Joyce Bailey

            In the 37 years that she taught at Central, thousands of students—many of them going on to become successful teacher and coaches— learned more about physical education from Dr. Joyce Bailey. The professor emeritus of physical education devoted her entire teaching career to the university.       

            A former Central student, Dr. Bailey earned two degrees here, beginning with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1962 and a Master of Science in Education in 1963. She continued her studies at the University of Iowa, where she completed her doctorate in 1968.

            Dr. Bailey began her higher education career as a graduate assistant in 1962. The following year she became an instructor, and continued to advance up the faculty ranks eventually becoming a full professor.

            She was a busy classroom teacher who still found time for a wide variety of university service. Her campus involvement included serving as the first Faculty Senate president and chairing the University Curriculum Committee, University Studies Committee, and Salary Committee, president of Phi Kappa Phi, and was part of the group that sought the FIPSE grant.

            Dr. Bailey is a former president of the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She is currently serving on the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Health, and chairing the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Goals 2000 Grant Task Force.