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Vicki Wood joined Southern Methodist University's faculty as Lecturer of Wellness with the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness. Vicki has been privileged to be able to pursue numerous areas of interest throughout her career, particularly by combining her passion of tennis and the field of medicine with her love of physical education, wellness, and mental health. While putting herself through college to earn a Bachelors degree in Physical Education from North Texas State University, currently known as University of North Texas, in 1978, she worked as an Emergency Room Technician at two hospitals and a teacher assistant in the Physical Education Department at North Texas teaching intermediate and advanced levels of tennis while lettering for the Mean Green Woman's Tennis Team.
Between 1978 and her appointment at SMU in 2008, Vicki served in a variety of instructional positions. She has served as adjunct professor for the Department of Physical Education at Brookhaven College and Collin College and at Tyler Junior College for the Tennis Tech Program teaching Tennis Programming for Public and Club facilities. Her love of teaching overall wellness is exemplified by five years of teaching Human and Academic Development, a first year experience course, at Richland College.
As tennis professional she has taught and coached tennis at all levels, novice to professional in the United States, Canada, and Mexico since 1975. In the Dallas area Vicki has held Associate Pro and Head Pro positions in public and private venues including City of Dallas, Cooper Fitness Center, Inwood Racquet Club, Landmark Club, Prestonwood Country Club, and Seay Tennis Center. She has been a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association since 1985, representing Texas in the USPTA National Championships and a frequent presenter at state and national conferences. For six years she was honored to also serve as the tester for the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Kansas and national lecturer for the United States Racquet Stringers Association.
After a career changing injury she pursued her education and in 2004 Vicki earned her Master of Arts in Pre-Professional Counseling and in 2005 a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, both from Amberton University. Her additional accomplishments in the mental health and wellness arenas consist of certification in mediation for the State of Texas, licensed professional counselor for the State of Texas, and certified Wellness Coach. In addition to her years of teaching, she worked for nine years as an Academic Advisor at Brookhaven College and specializing in student success, Career and Pre-Health advisement at Richland College.
Intellectual contributions consist of articles and presentations such as: Interviewing and Getting Connected; Finding Purpose and Direction in Life; Mind-Attitude; Preparation For Your Career In The Health Professions; How To Talk With Your Professor; Why Advising; The Effectiveness of Moderate Exercise In Stress Management (research at Amberton University); and co-created the suspension webpage Back On Track! for Richland College http://www.richlandcollege.edu/suspension/
Awards and honors consist of Recognition by the USPTA National Industry Action Committee; Bravo Award-Brookhaven College; Adjunct Recognition for Sixty Semesters-Brookhaven College; Adjunct of the Year Nomination-Brookhaven College; Jean Sharon Griffith Leadership Award Nominee-Richland College; Advisor of the Month-Richland College; Full Time Advisor of the Year-Richland College.
Current Professional Memberships and Associations include American College Counseling Association, American Counseling Association; American Psychotherapy Association; Dallas Tennis Professional Association; Texas Professional Tennis Association; United States Professional Tennis Association; United States Tennis Association.