Research awards

Faculty members in Recreation and Leisure Studies have received significant honours in recognition of their contributions, especially with respect to research and scholarship, including:

Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences

The Academy of Leisure Sciences was founded in 1980 to honor scholars who had made significant contributions, through their research and writings, to the field of leisure sciences. The following department members have been elected as Fellows of the Academy.

  • Elliott Avedon (Professor Emeritus)
  • Sherry Dupuis
  • Troy Glover
  • Mark Havitz (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
  • Heather Mair
  • Roger Mannell (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
  • Ron McCarville (Professor Emeritus)
  • Diana Parry
  • Alison Pedlar (Distinguished Professor Emerita)
  • Sue Shaw (Distinguished Professor Emerita)
  • Bryan Smale (Professor Emeritus)
  • Stephen Smith (Professor Emeritus)
  • Jiri Zuzanek (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)

Fellow of the World Leisure Academy

  • Mark Havitz (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
  • Sue Shaw (Distinguished Professor Emerita)

Fellow of the International Statistical Institute

  • Stephen Smith (Professor Emeritus)

Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism

  • Stephen Smith (Professor Emeritus)

Certificate of Merit, Canadian Minister of the Environment

  • Paul Eagles (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)

Jack Pearse Award of Honor, Canadian Camping Association

  • Troy Glover (2012)

Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Research Excellence Award

  • Mark Havitz (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
  • Roger Mannell (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
  • Sue Shaw (Distinguished Professor Emerita)

Ontario Early Researcher Award

  • Steven Mock (2014)
  • Bryan Grimwood (2016)

Allen V. Sapora Research Award

  • Roger Mannell (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
  • Sue Shaw (Distinguished Professor Emerita)

Special Recognition Award for Excellence in Research, Alzheimer Society of Canada

  • Sherry Dupuis (2009)

Rose Dobrof Award, Best Article in Journal of Gerontological Social Work

  • Sherry Dupuis (2007)

Patient Commando's Canadian Women Changing Health Care

  • Sherry Dupuis (2014)

CIHR Betty Haven Award

​Research Chair of Rural Community Development and Wellbeing for the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health

  • Heather Mair

Jenny Penney Oliver Diversity Award, University of Georgia

  • Corey Johnson (2015)

​Awesome Scholar in Tourism, Awarded by Women Academics in Tourism (WAiT)

  • Bryan Grimwood (2018)

Emerging Leisure Scholar Award, Canadian Association for Leisure Studies (CALS)

  • Bryan Grimwood (2018)
  • Kimberly Lopez (2020)

Leisure Scholar Award, Canadian Association for Leisure Studies (CALS)

  • Mark Havitz (2021) (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)

Equity and Inclusivity Award, University of Waterloo Faculty Association

  • Corey Johnson (2019)

Hall of Heroes Leadership Award

  • Bryan Smale (2020) (Professor Emeritus)

Distinguished Researcher Award, The Academy of Leisure Sciences (TALS)

  • Corey Johnson (2021)

University of Waterloo University Research Chair

  • Sherry Dupuis (2021)

University of Waterloo Outstanding Performance Award

  • Lisbeth Berbary (2017)
  • Karla Boluk (2022)
  • Sherry Dupuis (2005, 2010, 2013)
  • Paul Eagles (2007, Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
  • Leeann Ferries (2015, 2020)
  • Troy Glover (2013)
  • Bryan Grimwood (2014, 2020)
  • Mark Havitz (2009, Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
  • Corey Johnson (2016)
  • Kimberly Lopez (2022)
  • Heather Mair (2014, 2019)
  • Katie Misener (2018, 2021)
  • Steve Mock (2012, 2016)
  • Diana Parry (2006, 2015)
  • Alison Pedlar (2004, Distinguished Professor Emerita)
  • Luke Potwarka (2019)
  • Zara Rafferty (2018)
  • Bryan Smale (2006, Professor Emeritus)
  • Stephen Smith (2008, Professor Emeritus)