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PRT's three pillars of research

Research conducted by members of the faculty contributes to theory development, informs practice, and leads to discovery of techniques for effective management and delivery of park, recreation, and tourism services, informing policy, serving social needs and health and well-being of people, communities, and the environment.

Areas of Research

Community, Sport, and Youth Development

Areas of Research: Organized Camping, Positive Youth Sportsmanship, Youth Program Quality.

Outdoor Recreation Research

The Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Tourism Lab conducts applied research, locally and internationally, that addresses issues faced by managers, educators, and policy officials.

Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality

Areas of Research: Protected Areas and Tourism Management, Environmental and Societal Impacts of Tourism and Recreation, Winter Recreation/Tourism, Healthy Parks, Healthy People, Sustainable Tourism Certification, Destination Management, Marketing Effectiveness

Research Faculty

Outdoor Recreation Research

Kelly Bricker

Kelly S. Bricker, PhD

Chair of Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Phone: 801-585-6503

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Nate Furman

Co-Coordinator, U-EXPLORE, Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Phone: 801-585-3204

Jeff Rose u0571619

Jeff Rose

Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Health-Kinesiology-Recreation

Phone: 801-585-6297

Ed Ruddell u0029309

Ed Ruddell

Associate Professor, Health-Kinesiology-Recreation

Phone: 801-581-8085

Jim Sibthorp u0292807

Jim Sibthorp

Professor, Health-Kinesiology-Recreation

Phone: 801-581-5940

Community, Youth, and Sport Research

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Jim Sibthorp

Professor, Health-Kinesiology-Recreation

Phone: 801-581-5940

Mary Wells

Mary Sara Wells

Associate Professor, Health-Kinesiology-Recreation

Phone: 801-585-7086

Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Research

Kelly Bricker

Kelly S. Bricker, PhD

Chair of Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Phone: 801-585-6503

Referred Journal Articles

Meerts-Brandsma, L., Sibthorp, J., & Rochelle, S. (2019). Using transformational learning theory to understand outdoor adventure education. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning. DOI : 10.1080/14729679.2019.1686040.

 

Richmond, D. & Sibthorp, J. (2019). Bridging the opportunity gap: College access programs and outdoor adventure education. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership. 11(4). 301-319. DOI 10.18666/JOREL-2019-V11-I4-9646

 

Jostad, J., Sibthorp, J., Butner, J., & Rochelle, S. (2019). Adolescent sense of belonging in outdoor adventure education: The influence of conflict and instructors. Journal of Research in Outdoor Education. 17. 20-37. DOI 10.1353/roe.2019.0001

 

Meerts-Brandsma, L., Sibthorp, J., & Rochelle, S. (2019). Examining long-term transfer between socioeconomically differentiated students in outdoor adventure education. Journal of Experiential Education. 42(3). 213-228. DOI 10.1177/1053825919846154

 

Riley, M. (2019). The mentoring networks of outdoor educators. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership 11(3). 207-221. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18666/JOREL-2019-V11-I3-9519

 

Jostad, J., Sibthorp, J., Butner, J., Rochelle, S., & Gookin, J. (2017). Using dynamical systems theory in outdoor adventure education research. Journal of Research in Outdoor Education. 15. 93-113.

Abstracts, Presentations, and Proceedings

Meerts-Brandsma, L., Sibthorp, J., & Rochelle, S. (October, 2018). Mechanisms in Outdoor Adventure Education that Facilitate Transformational Learning. Presented at the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education/Wilderness Education Association Research Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT. Awarded best conference abstract.

 

Meerts-Brandsma, L., Sibthorp, J., & Rochelle, S. (January, 2018). Examining Long-Term Transfer between Socioeconomically Differentiated Students in Outdoor Adventure Education. Presentation at the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Biennial Research Symposium, Martinsville, IN. Book of Abstracts.