Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports
6000 Airline Rd., #013
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Gloria Hook joined the SMU faculty in 1980 as an Adjunct Instructor in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department with an emphasis in racquet sports. She taught Coaching Tennis classes for majors in the Physical Education program and Advanced Tennis physical activity classes. In 1990, Gloria began teaching in the Wellness Department and over the years has taught Choices I Concepts of Wellness, Choices II Activity classes including Tennis, Badminton, Racquetball, Jogging, Individual Fitness, and Weight Training for Women which she introduced in the 1990’s, as well as having taught in the current Personal Responsibility and Wellness (PRW-II) Fitness courses.
Throughout her years with SMU she has served on numerous committees across campus and from 1997-2004 worked with the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports Director and staff toward the reality of an enlarged and remodeled Dedman Center.
Prior to joining the SMU faculty, her college teaching experience included Dallas Baptist University where she taught a variety of Physical Education Majors’ and Activity courses and at Eastfield and El Centro Junior College in their Physical Education Departments.
Gloria’s longstanding relationship with SMU began as a student and member of the first SMU Women’s Tennis Team. After graduating in 1971, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an All Level Teaching Certification, she received her Master’s of Science in Physical Education from Baylor University in 1972. For the next three years, Gloria taught Physical Education in the Richardson Public Schools and coached Basketball, Volleyball, Track, and Gymnastics. Renewing her relationship with SMU in 1973, she started the Summer Children’s Tennis program for the Physical Education Department. Throughout the 1970’s and early 80’s, Gloria also taught Tennis for the SMU Continuing Education program and worked with the SMU Tennis Team Summer Camps for children.
Having lived within walking distance of SMU for 40 years, the University setting has been a way of life for Gloria, husband Paul, and their large family.