Zara Rafferty

Continuing Lecturer

Zara Rafferty

Contact information

Office: B.C. Matthews Hall (BMH) 2304

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 35019



Teaching interests

As an instructor, I promote active student learning that emphasizes learning outcomes and instructional design best practices. I have developed and delivered courses in face-to-face, blended, and fully online environments, ranging from small senior seminars to 350-student lectures. My aim is to create courses that are engaging and relevant for students. As the department’s Teaching Mentor, I support the work of department sessionals and assist faculty members in developing and evaluating course content and teaching strategies.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am available to supervise Honours Thesis (REC 471 A/B) projects and Directed Studies (REC 475) at the undergraduate level, as well as sitting on committees at the Master's level.

Graduate studies application details

Teaching interests

  • Leisure and well-being
  • Play and creativity
  • Child development
  • Program management 
  • Program evaluation
  • Developmental disabilities


REC 100 (online): Introduction to the Study of Recreation and Leisure

REC 251: Therapeutic Recreation: Developmental and Emotional Disabilities

REC 405: Leisure and Well-Being


    BA, MA (Waterloo)

    BEd (Wilfrid Laurier)

    Selected publications

    • Rafferty, Z. (2008). To be or not to be: The potential for drama therapy in Ontario therapeutic recreation settings. TRO Research Annual, 6, 28-34.
    • Rafferty, Z. (2012, November). University 101: Real students share their tips for post-secondary success. Faze, 48, 38-39.
    University of Waterloo