Faculty Member: Carrie Switzer, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychology
One of the primary reasons that I chose to be a faculty partner is because it is so inspiring. I am very impressed with the amount of time and hard work that it takes to be a volleyball player. The early morning weight training, grueling afternoon practices, travel time to away games, and extensive game schedule, are coupled with a strong commitment to high academic standards. Coach Noelle Rooke and Assistant Coaches Stephanie Sagat and Ashley King are building a program that is based not only on continual skill improvement, but team unity and personal pride that are the foundation for a successful life after college. Another reason that I enjoy being a faculty partner is that the coaches and players are just plain fun to be around because they sincerely like each other and are having a great time playing a sport they all love.
Coach: Noelle Rooke, Head Coach, Women’s Volleyball
I believe the Faculty Partner Program does an excellent job of bridging the gap between Academics and Athletics. After meeting one on one with Professor Switzer and finding out that she used to play volleyball in college, I knew she had a greater understanding and appreciation not just for volleyball but for athletics as a whole. When you couple Professor Switzer’s own collegiate athletic experience with her online and one and one teaching expertise, she is a valuable role model to my student-athletes and can relate to the daily grind and opportunities that my players have in front of them. Together, Professor Switzer and I understand the opportunity our student-athletes have to get a great education and compete on the court, and I am greatly appreciative of the extra support that Professor Switzer gives to my student-athletes, as well as myself and my staff; she makes a point to drop by our practices, just to check on my players, and to wish us well as we embark on our journey to grow as a team and a program here at UIS. Altogether, Professor Switzer is a blessing to my program and UISVB definitely appreciates all she does to aide in our success.