Amy Jo Sutterluety
Division of Health and Physical Education
Canal Fulton, OH
Dr. Sutterluety is a Professor and Program Chair at Baldwin Wallace University 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 a speaker for the American Heart Association, a member of the Health Educators Association of Greater Cleveland and a member of the Certification and Credentialing Review Board of the American College of Sports Medicine. She recently became a Peer Reviewer for the MERLOT Teaching and Learning Organization, a leading edge, user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed and selected higher education, online learning materials.
She received the Strosacker Award for Excellence in Teaching at Baldwin Wallace University in 2000 and has been recognized by the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education for her excellence in teaching.
Questions and answers
Why did you choose to teach at BW?
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 University 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. Seventeen years later I am still here!!! I continue in college teaching because of the inspiration of my colleagues and the students.
What characteristics distinguish BW from other colleges/universities?
I think that the one-on-one interaction that is available in all areas of campus life. If a student wants to learn from, talk to, or be integrated into BW's campus and feel that he/she is at home all staff and faculty on campus are available to make a student feel at home.
How do you mentor students?
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.
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".
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?
I would be spending time with my family, volunteering and figuring out my next venture. Maybe in the area of health coaching for families.