Distinguished Alumni Awards

Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award
Mary Schutten - 2015

Portrait of Mary Schutten Mary Schutten completed her P.E.D. in motor control and health education at Indiana University in 1994 and was took the position of associate professor and volleyball and women’s swim coach at Calvin College. During this time she also served as department chairperson and oversaw the first strategic plan and assessment program for the department.

Currently, she is a professor and Associate Dean for Students and Curriculum, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at Grand Valley State University.

Her academic career has been spent teaching mainly undergraduate classes in motor learning, physical education methods, school health education methods, and program planning and evaluation. She has published several manuscripts on topics related to program planning, peer education programming, coaching, and the link between academic achievement and physical fitness levels.

She received the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) College/University Health Education Specialist Award in 2011 and the University Health Educator of the Year, Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD) in   2009.

Dr. Schutten has served as the coordinator of the school health education program at GVSU for the past ten years and is currently serving on the editorial board of the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Journal and on the associate dean committee for the Council for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS). She is also a mentor to new faculty in the department of Movement Science and for new associate  deans for CCAS.