Tucker Center Newsletter - 2011 Spring
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Staff Updates: Julia Dutove
Julia Dutove joined the Tucker Center in September, 2010, as a doctoral student in Kinesiology and Research Assistant under the guidance of Dr. Nicole LaVoi. A native of Canada, Dutove completed her B.A. degree in Physical Education at the University of Alberta (U of A) in Edmonton, Alberta in 2007. She continued her educational pursuits by entering the Master’s program at U of A, which she completed this past year. During her tenure at the U of A, Dutove was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Master’s Scholarship. It should be noted that this is the highest level of scholarship available for students enrolled in their Master’s program.
Dutove’s thesis—A Constructivist Approach to Understanding a Coach’s Learning Through Mentoring—examined the various ways learning occurs during a mentoring program targeted to youth swim coaches. Her most recent research interests include coach education and coach learning, and how these factors influence female coaches in particular. She is currently working with Dr. LaVoi to develop a comprehensive model of coaching barriers and supports for female coaches.
In addition to her graduate studies, Dutove enjoys coaching young swimmers. She has worked with young athletes for over a decade and is a member of the National Coaching Certification Program of Canada as a swim coach. She also enjoys yoga, warm-weather outdoor activities, and watching the Vancouver Canucks win! What has it meant for her to come to the U of M and pursue her Ph.D. in the Tucker Center? Dutove says, “Working at the Tucker Center has been a great way to connect with students and scholars interested in sport for girls and women. I am looking forward to the opportunities I will have in the future through these critical connections.” Dutove’s positive energy, can-do attitude, and ability to synthesize diverse bodies of literature make her a great addition to the Tucker Center. And as an added bonus, her love of hockey makes her fit right in!