The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is a division of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Office: B.C. Matthews Hall (BMH) 2209
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 32716
My theorizing and qualitative inquiry focuses its attention on the power relations between dominant (white, male, heterosexual, etc.) and non-dominant populations in the cultural contexts of leisure. This examination provides important insight into both the privileging and discriminatory practices that occur in contemporary leisure settings. I also see my research as complimentary to both classroom instruction and professional service, and I use advocacy, activism, civic-engagement, service-learning and community partnerships to create unique learning opportunities for individuals and institutions. This synergy is particularly relevant as it increases the quality, level, and number of services offered in a given community.
Graduate supervision and student opportunities
I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with research interests related to:
- Qualitative research methodologies
- Gender and sexual diversity
- Critical theories (feminism, queer theory, critical race theories, Marxism, etc.)
- Experiential education
- Philosophy of science
- Qualitative research
- Social justice
- Leisure theory
- Therapeutic recreation
Karla Boluk and Corey Johnson together received the 2018 Innovation in Teaching Award from The Academy of Leisure Sciences for their work on the tourism integrated curriculum (REC 280, REC 380, REC 480).
REC 201: Leisure and Social Justice
REC 663: Foundations for Qualitative Inquiry
BS Ed, Bowling Green State Univeristy
MS, North Carolina - Chapel Hill
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