Erin Smith, M.S.
Lecturer in Exercise & Sport Science
How did you discover Western?
When I was searching Exercise Physiology graduate programs in Colorado, I came across the High Altitude Exercise Physiology master's at Western. I immediately contacted the program director and started the ball rolling. After several great conversations and a visit to campus and the town, I knew it would be the perfect fit for me. After graduating from that program, I obtained a teaching position in the undergraduate Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science Department. Again, a perfect fit!
What are some of the highlights of your career?
The environment in my department is positive. Every member values each other, we have fun and play, but also each member is dedicated to doing their job well. Additionally, the size of Western provides a close connection with the students. I find this teaching and learning model very beneficial. And last, my department as well as Western have a progressive mentality in further our science. I'm encouraged to continue my education as well as conduct research to increase the body of knowledge for myself, for Western and for my field.
What most excites you about your field?
The focus of evidence-based practice in the field of exercise physiology has furthered our impact on the health of our nation. Medical professionals and exercise scientists are now collaborating to provide a comprehensive plan of lifestyle and pharmaceutical interventions to treat disease.
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
Access to the public lands for skiing, mountain biking, hiking and fly fishing.