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University mourns CHSP Professor Emerita Susan Bullard

Susan Kay Bullard, professor emerita in CHSP’s School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, passed away in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Friday, Jan. 2, after a lengthy illness.

Bullard joined the faculty of the School of Recreation and Sport Sciences as an assistant professor in 1990 and served as an OHIO faculty member for more than 20 years.

She had both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physical education and a Ph.D. in biomechanics.  

Roger Gilders, program director of the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, said Bullard was instrumental in enhancing student understanding of biomechanical concepts for multiple majors across the University including exercise physiology, physical education, athletic training, and pre-physical therapy, as well as other science-related majors.   

Gilders stated, “Sue was instrumental in taking our biomechanics curriculum from a theory based model to a data driven model through the incorporation of force plate and motion analysis technology during laboratory experiences. She was a good colleague, an excellent person and she will be missed.”

She also taught advanced biomechanics to graduate students, statistics and seminars in research, courses regarding specific movement, and sport skills for the physical education program.

In addition to playing an instrumental role in contributing to curriculum of the Recreation and Sport Sciences program, Bullard’s scholarly work in exercise science made a significant impact.  Her publications, including “Comparisons of land-based and aquatic-based plyometric programs during an 8-week training period” made a lasting impact on novel training of athletes.  She also had many landmark studies on the teaching of wheelchair skills and mechanics.  
In 2010, the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness was created due to restructuring of the College of Health Sciences and Professions, bringing together the Nutrition, Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology Programs. Shortly afterwards, Bullard found she was no longer able to perform her job responsibilities due to medical issues and retired. She was granted emerita status in 2014.

As Bullard wished, there will be no visitation or memorial service. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research.

View Bullard’s obituary here.