The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is a division of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Office: B.C. Matthews Hall (BMH) 2304
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 35019
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.
- 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)
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- Rafferty, Z. (2012, November). University 101: Real students share their tips for post-secondary success. Faze, 48, 38-39.