Phyllis O'Daniels, PhD

Adjunct Faculty - Division of Health and Movement Science and Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education

Phyllis O’Daniels, PhD, is adjunct faculty in Graceland University’s Division of Health and Movement Science and supervises student teachers in the Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education. She is also an American Red Cross Water Safety and Lifeguard Instructor teaching swimming classes, along with coordinating pool usage for athletics and other groups.


Upon completing a bachelor of arts degree through Graceland, Dr. O’Daniels began her teaching career in Omaha, Nebraska. She then returned to academia earning a Master of  Health and Safety with Honors and Doctor of Health and Safety degrees from Indiana University.


Following two years of teaching at University of Kentucky, Dr. O’Daniels married and returned to Iowa, then Nebraska where she gave birth to her two children. Moving back to Iowa once again, she became a member of Graceland’s faculty where a majority of her teaching has been in health and movement science. In addition, Dr. O’Daniels has served as the Graceland University Faculty Athletics Representative to the NAIA for 25 years.


Dr. O’Daniels’ time outside the classroom is spent in her garden, reading primarily fiction and some documentaries, riding her bicycle, swimming and playing with her cat and, on occasion, her grandchildren. She fills some of her free time participating in the legislative process by writing letters and calling legislative offices regarding environmental and health concerns.

Office Location

Zimmermann Hall, Rm 219

Mail Location

Zimmermann Hall, Rm 219