SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

Department of Kinesiology at Southwest Baptist University

Questions? Contact

Joe Wooderson
Department Chair
(417) 328-1772

Paul Putt
Kevin Day
John Wheeler
Gina Whitehead
Linda Wooderson

Mission Statement

To prepare students to glorify God through maintaining healthy lifestyles and lead others in the pursuit of wellness attitudes and activities.


Linda Wooderson
Linda Wooderson
Linda Wooderson
Professor of Physical Education, and
Dean, College of Education and
     Social Sciences.
Southwest Baptist University
Work 1600 University Avenue, 104 Gott Education Center
Bolivar, MO 65613

Courses Taught: Secondary Methods of Health and Physical Education, CPR/First Aid, Aquatics, Stability Ball, Aerobics, Personal and Community Health

Why do you enjoy teaching at SBU? " I am a graduate of SBU and had the desire to give back what I had received which was a quality education. The students, faculty, administration make this experience enjoyable. I enjoy being here because I know this is where the Lord has placed me."

Educational and Professional Background: Wooderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri; a Master of Science degree from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri; an Ed.S. from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri; and an Ed.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, Missouri.

Wooderson taught for 10 years at Weaubleau Public School in Weaubleau, Missouri before coming to SBU. The classes included elementary physical education, Middle School social studies, seventh-grade science, American History, and Health. Wooderson has been the Bolivar Swim Coordinator for the past 20 years.

Faith Dedications: Wooderson is a member of the First Baptist Church in Bolivar, Missouri where she is on the Baptism Committee and assists in furnishing meals for Sunday evening for the college students.

Who is playing on your iPod? I still use a walkman. I listen to Christian contemporary or oldies.

What book are you currently reading? I finished "The Shack" by William Young and now have started "Questioning Evangelism" by Randy Newman. It is about engaging people into conversations the way Jesus did.

What is the best getaway location, local or abroad? The best getaway place for me is where ever I can ride on my bike if staying in Bolivar is the only alternative. Otherwise it is the beach and all the sun and water I can absorb in one day, maybe two.