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KayDee Perry, Ed.D.

Chair of the Health and Human Performance Department; Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance; Special Assistant to the Provost for Retention and Student Success

Phone: 269-749-7324

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KayDee Perry, Ed.D., joined Olivet College in 2012 after teaching mathematics and physical education in public schools. She teaches various courses within the Health and Human Performance Department and math proficiency courses. Her particular areas of expertise include pedagogy, differentiated instruction, and student engagement and development. Previously, Dr. Perry served as the president of the Faculty Senate, co-developed the College’s year-long New Faculty Orientation, and launched the Teaching Pathway. She loves welcoming students to Olivet College through the New Student Orientation process, too.

Outside of her regular teaching role, Dr. Perry continues to advocate for individuals with disabilities through coordinating the volunteer efforts for Special Olympics for Areas 8 and 16.

Dr. Perry previously taught in K-12 settings for nearly nine years. Most of her experience was teaching secondary mathematics, working with students with disabilities in the traditional education setting. Locally, her most recent experience in K-12 prior to coming to Olivet College, Dr. Perry taught at Holt Public Schools, where she was able to teach high school math (Algebra I) and K-2 kinetics. Dr. Perry continues to advocate for our students become teachers and actively supports students and alumni in pursuing alternative routes to certification to launch careers as K-12 teachers after graduation.

Dr. Perry obtained her bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics with a minor in physical education from Western Michigan University, as well as master’s degrees in educational leadership and adapted physical education from Grand Canyon University and Western Michigan University, respectively. Dr. Perry completed her doctorate in education at Grand Canyon University focused on leadership in higher education. Her research focus is on the relationship between student engagement and measures of student success (i.e. retention, persistence, and graduation rates) among GenZ undergraduate students.

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