As a faculty member of Ball State University’s School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Science, Buck has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions, mostly related to physical education. She currently serves as the Dean of Ball State’s University College, but she has also been a professor, the Coordinator of the School of Physical Education’s Teacher Education Program, and the Associate Dean of the University’s College of Applied Sciences and Technology.
Although Buck has spent the majority of her professional career at Ball State, she also reflects on her time at the McKay School with satisfaction, especially the instruction she received in the Physical Education Department. Buck recollects the “outstanding education” that the teacher education unit in the department, recently moved to the McKay School as the PETE program, has contributed. One of Buck’s contributions to the field of physical education while she was studying at BYU was to co-author the widely used textbook Instructional Strategies for Secondary School Physical Education.
Buck’s passion for teaching has led her beyond the academic communities of the institutions with which she has been affiliated. She has served as the President of the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education. Additionally, Buck has been a member of the Board of Governors for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance for the past six years.
As a professional educator, Buck has been guided by the philosophy that “in everything you do people are most important.” She goes on to emphasize the role of respect in the classroom. Although it is widely accepted that “all individuals deserve to be treated with respect,” Buck adds that teaching with an attitude of respect can change lives.