Geadelmann, Patricia L.
Physical educator Patricia Geadelmann earned a master's in Physical Education from the University of Iowa. In 1978, she completed a doctoral degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in educational administration and curriculum from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her 1974 master's thesis focuses on elementary school students' stereotypes about sports, recreation and the sexes, a topic that Geadelmann continued to explore in her professional career. Whilst in graduate school Geadelmann wrote a weekly column on college women's sports for the Greensboro Daily News. Geadelmann served as chairwoman of the physical education department of the Malcolm Price Laboratory School at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Her early years at Malcolm Price Laboratory School coincided with the implementation of Title IX, which mandated equal education opportunity in public school offerings. Starting in 1977, Geadelmann provided consultant services to public school districts, colleges, and government agencies at the state and federal level in areas of physical education, curriculum, sex equality, and general women's issues. An avowed feminist, Geadelmann was a strong supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. She served as chair of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women (ICSW) from 1972 to 1988 and during this time was appointed as Iowa's representative to President Reagan's Fifty States Project, aimed at identifying and eliminating all sex discrimination from state statutes. This project led Geadelmann to attend a conference in Washington, D.C. where she met with President Ronald Reagan. In 1981, Geadelmann was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Women of America and received the Mabel Lee Award for outstanding young physical educators. Geadelmann served as Special Assistant to the President for Board and Governmental Relations and Professor of Physical Education at the University of Northern Iowa.