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Dr. Michelle Davis Gerken

Dr. Michelle Gerken
  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. - University of Louisville
  • M.S. - University of Kentucky
  • B.A. - University of Kentucky

Bio  •  Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Department: Parks, Recreation, Exercise, and Sport Science
  • Office: Combs 205
  • Mailing Address: Combs 208
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-2314


I am an outgoing and very passionate person. I love teaching and mentoring students that are eager to learn. I have been a professor at Eastern Kentucky University for almost 20 years and feel this is my home. The Recreation and Park Administration Department at EKU is full of ambitious, bright, and pleasant students and faculty.  Before finding my home at EKU, I had the wonderful opportunity to begin the recreation therapy department at the Thompson – Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, KY. I supervised 15 staff and 300 volunteers. Before the Veterans Center, I was a professor at Asbury University and was also responsible for the Intramural Programs. At Asbury I was responsible for the development, training, and supervision of the entire intramural program for the University. The intramural program provided services for approximately 400 students with intramural programs six days a week.

I have been married for about 17 years and have a wonderful son that keeps us busy. I lived in many places as a child including Kentucky, Ohio and Los Angeles. As a recreation enthusiast I enjoy camping, water skiing, golfing and tennis. Some of my many hobbies include reading, making stained glass pieces, and making pottery. A few interesting facts about myself is that I love playing  practical jokes and playing the piano.


Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
REC 311Intro to Recreation TherapyR 12:30pm-1:45pm Internet Classes Fall 2023
REC 311Intro to Recreation TherapyT 12:30pm-1:45pm Combs Building 231Fall 2023
REC 450WSenior SeminarR 11:00am-12:15pm Internet Classes Fall 2023
REC 450WSenior SeminarT 11:00am-12:15pm Combs Building 231Fall 2023
REC 463Internship   Fall 2023
REC 511Recreation Therapy Prac & ServR 2:00pm-3:15pm Internet Classes Fall 2023
REC 511Recreation Therapy Prac & ServT 2:00pm-3:15pm Combs Building 229Fall 2023
REC 511Therapeutic Rec Prac Serv LabT 3:30pm-4:45pm Combs Building 229Fall 2023
REC 520Trends/Issues in Rec Therapy  Internet Classes Fall 2023
REC 711Rec Therapy Prac & ServicesTR 2:00pm-3:15pm Internet Classes Fall 2023
REC 711Therapeutic Rec Prac Serv LabT 3:30pm-4:45pm Internet Classes Fall 2023
REC 720Trends/Issues in Rec Therapy  Internet Classes Fall 2023
REC 890IS: Recreation Therapy   Fall 2023
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