Dr. Erika Bonadio began teaching at Salem College during the fall of 2018. She teaches Exercise and Sport Psychology, Women In Sport, Philosophy and Fundamentals of Coaching, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, Organization and Administration of Exercise Science, and Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation of Exercise and Sport.
Erika grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and is an avid Steelers fan. After completing the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in math, she took Introduction to Anthropology the second semester of her senior year and fell in love. She earned an MA in anthropology, writing her thesis on the meaning of friendship among Latina and white women. Erika moved to North Carolina, and taught sociology and anthropology part-time. Unable to find full-time work as an anthropologist, Erika found a home in in fitness.
While teaching in the health and physical education department at a community college, Erika earned a master’s degree in exercise science with a concentration in sport and exercise psychology and entered the EdD in Kinesiology online at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she wrote her dissertation “Creating a culturally responsive online personal health and wellness course.” Erika advocates for inclusive exercise and education opportunities for people from underrepresented groups. Erika’s hobbies are running and basketweaving and reading.
Degrees: BA, Washington & Jefferson College; MA, New Mexico State University; MS, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania; EdD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.