School of PE, Health & Wellness
Rod Bussey is an associate professor in the School of Physical Education, Health, and Wellness at Southern Adventist University. His responsibilities include teaching Psychology and Sociology of Sports, Health for Life, Biomechanics, Drugs and Society, Walking/Jogging, Current Issues in Health, Wellness Methods, Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, & Weight Training. In addition, Rod is the Health Science degree advisor.
Bussey, a Canadian native, graduated from Canadian University College (Lacombe, AB.) with a B.Ed. Degree in Secondary Health & Physical Education, in 1991. He continued his education at Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA.) where he received a M.Ed in Physical Education in 2002. In 2008, Rod completed his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University (Denton, TX.)
Bussey began his career at Kingsway College (Oshawa, ON.) in 1991. After three years he accepted a position at Fraser Valley Adventist Academy (Aldergrove, BC) in 1994. Five years later, Rod moved to Southern California to work at Redlands Adventist Academy (Redlands, CA.) while also working on his master’s degree at Azusa. Upon completion of his master’s degree in 2002, Rod accepted a call to Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) in Keene, TX. After 11 years at SWAU, Rod accepted his current position at Southern.
Throughout his 22-year career, Rod has taught and coached from elementary to the collegiate level. In addition to teaching health and physical education, Rod has served as an athletic director, intramurals director, coached an acrobatic high school touring team, as well as various team sports. He has developed athletic programs at two institutions and even served as an academy vice-principal.
Rod is a professional member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Tennessee Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Seventh-day Adventist Health, Physical Education & Recreation Association. He served as President for the SDA-HPERA in 2008. He holds Certified Wellness Practictioner (CWP) certification from the National Wellness Institute (NWI).
Amongst the acknowledgements of his service, Rod is most appreciative of his British Columbia Conference teacher recognition award in 1998. As well as, being honored as a nominee for the Prime Minister of Canada Teaching Award in 1999.
Rod enjoys family time, hiking, running, sports especially hockey, and baking. The most important part of Rod’s life is his family. Rod and his wife, Delise, have two girls, Nylia and Miscily.