Rashida Sturgis, B.A., B.S., M.S., Ph.D. teaches Introduction to Health Sciences, Social Aspects of Health, The Human Body, Gender Health, Exercise and Nutrition in Health Disease, and Health and Wellness Intervention Strategies in the SoPA Kinesiology program, where she started teaching in 2012.
Dr. Sturgis is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist in Mississippi and Texas. She works primarily in the acute care and geriatric setting. She received her B.A. in English, Pre-law from Tougaloo College (cum laude), her B.S and M.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and her doctoral degree from Jackson State University in Higher Education.
She has presented at national research conferences and is the recipient of several awards including the Exemplary Doctoral Research Award. Dr. Sturgis' research interests include: non-traditional students, orthopedics, neuroscience, stroke rehabilitation, and health policy.
What advice would you give to someone who's considering finishing their degree, or starting for the first time as an adult?
Adult learners are extremely motivated and demonstrate perseverance and discipline. For adult learners who are returning or entering an academic institution for the first time, it is important for them to remain patient, positive, and persistent.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
The best advice that I have ever received is “one can achieve almost anything in life by simply being kind and respectful”.
What is your favorite thing about SoPA?
The SoPA is a melting pot of diversity as it relates to varying backgrounds. The professors as well as the students possess a plethora of education and life experience; respectively. Diversity demonstrates rich stimulating conversations, critical thinking skills, peer coaching, and constructive interactions. Lastly, the professors of the SoPA draw concepts into focus by interlinking basic concepts with practical applications.