The Recreation Management and Policy faculty are actively engaged in both theoretical and applied research projects that help to advance the professional knowledge in recreation and leisure studies, guide professional practice in the field, and enhance student and constituent understanding of recreation and leisure management practices. Faculty are also engaged in a variety of evaluative research projects that assist practitioners in understanding the impact that recreation and leisure programs and services have on their constituents. To this end, the faculty often works in partnership with professional associations, state agencies, campus recreation departments, hospitals and health care facilities, after-school programs, school districts, voluntary sport organizations, health management organizations, public parks and recreation departments, and other community groups in conducting research and evaluation efforts.
RMP faculty are committed to involving both undergraduate and graduate students in their research efforts. The faculty seek to engage students through the research process, as research and evaluation is a critical competency for RMP graduates, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students are encouraged to seek out faculty members who share their interests to explore potential research opportunities.
General areas where RMP faculty research expertise can be found include municipal parks and recreation, health promotion and health protection interventions, therapeutic recreation in schools and communities, youth development, recreational and youth sport management, outdoor recreation resources management, festivals and events, and student professional development. Specific areas of research expertise for RMP faculty can be found on the Faculty portion of the website.