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Instructor Emerita of Physical Education Jamie Aiken has been sharing her talent and passion for dance and choreography with UCM students for 28 years. Her wealth of diverse experiences has given her the opportunity to teach a variety of classes at UCM, among them lifetime fitness, beginning and intermediate swimming, tennis, aerobic conditioning, modern dance, ballroom dance, teaching of dance and creative dance and rhythms.
Her education includes a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees in the arts. She received her bachelor’s degree in theatre and communications from Kansas State University. She has a master’s degree in dance from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Kansas.
When Aiken joined the University in 1978, in addition to teaching, her duties included serving as an assistant gymnastics coach, a position she held until the gymnastics program ended in the early 1980’s. Outside the classroom, Aiken served as director and choreographer for UCM;s Dance Company for five years and choreographed Department of Theatre productions in 1980 and 1998. For at least 20 years, she took UCM students to Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conventions, where they had the opportunity to perform for hundreds of statewide educators. She was dance chair for that organization from 2004-2006, and taught classes at the MOAHPERD conventions.
Aiken has earned honors over the years for her work in education and her service to her profession, this includes receiving an award for teaching from the former College of Education and Human Services, as well as a Central District Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and dance.
Earlier in her career, Aiken served as choreographer at the Bill Evans Summer Dance Institute and was a guest dance teacher at the University of Kansas Dance Convention, just a few of many endeavors in the field of dance and education.