The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Dr. Denise M. Anderson

Coordinator, Graduate Studies & Research
Tel: 864-656-5679
Location: 269 Lehotsky Hall

B.S. English, Illinois Wesleyan University
M.S. Sport Management, Eastern Illinois University
Ph.D. Leisure Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Specialty area:
  • Gender
  • Leisure Education
  • Youth Development
  • Community  Recreation

Additional Professional Responsibilities:  
Associate Editor: Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Journal of Leisure Research
Faculty Senator
National Recreation and Park Association Education Network  Board Member
Graduate Coordinator
Numerous University, College, and Departmental Committees

Research Interests:
Girls' and Women's participation in leisure, Leisure Education, Diversity

Publications (last 5 years):
Hurd, A. R., & Anderson, D. M. (2011). The parks and recreation professional’s handbook. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishing.

Anderson, D. M. (in press, 2011). Yes, I’m a girl...and I have a disability...but I’m also an athlete! In Freysinger, V. J., Henderson, K. A., Shaw, S. M., & Bialeschki, M. D. (Eds.). Leisure, women, and gender. State College, PA: Venture Publishing.

Anderson, D. M., Toperzer, L., & Barcelona, R. W. (2011). Best practices in student development for campus recreation professionals. Recreation Sports Journal 35(2).

Clark, B. S., & Anderson, D. M. (2011). “I’d be dead if I didn’t have this class:” The role of leisure education in college student development. Recreational Sports Journal.

Anderson, D. M., McGuire, F. A., & Cory, A. L. (2011). The first day: It happens only once. Teaching in Higher Education.

Anderson, D. M. (2009) Adolescent girls’ involvement in disability sport: Implications for identity development. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 33(4), 427-449.

Anderson, D. M., Wozencroft, A., & Bedini, L. A. (2008). Adolescent girls’ involvement in disability sport: A comparison of social support mechanisms. Journal of Leisure Research 40(2), 183-207.

Schmalz, D. L., Kerstetter, D. L., & Anderson, D. M. (2008). Gender schema and stigma consciousness as predictors of children’s participation in recreational vs. competitive sports. Journal of Sport Behavior, 31(3), 276-297.

Anderson, D. M., & McGuire, F. A. (2007). A systematic approach to documenting teaching effectiveness. Schole, 22, 25-38..

Anderson, D. M. (2007). Get physical! Sports ‘n Spokes, 33(4), 40-42.

Gladwell, N. J., & Anderson, D. M. (2006). The new and relocating recreation and parks faculty market: The factors affecting job decisions. Schole, 21, 47-68.

Anderson, D. M. (2006). We create community through people, parks, and programs. Recreation and Parks in South Carolina, 22(1), 14.

Grants and Self-funded Research Projects:
HEHD Interdisciplinary Grant (co-PI), Examination of nutrition and obesity attitudes among children ages 4-7, parents, and youth serving agencies, $50,000

City of Rock Hill visioning project $10,000

Greenville County Recreation District (various projects, I coordinate the MOU) $15,000

Greenville County Recreation District, NRPA Accreditation, $2000

City of Greer Needs Assessment, $18,420 (Co-I)

City of Greenville Youth Master Plan Project, $74,993 (Co-PI); Contract terminated early by mutual agreement.

Phillis Wheatley Community Center Needs Assessment $3000 (PI)

American Association of University Women, Introducing pre-adolescent girls to nontraditional recreation activities $7000 (PI)

South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association, Visioning Project, $1798.50 (PI)

South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association, Visioning Project, $2449.00 (PI)

National Recreation and Parks Association, Sportsmanship Project, $28,252 (PI)

Blue Ridge Council Boys Scouts, Outcome Based Evaluation, $5460 (co-PI)

Clemson University, Summer Research Grant, Examination of the role of leisure in lives of girls with physical disabilities, $6700

Examination of how tenure track women balance work, family and leisure

Impact of leisure education on college student engagement

Impact of single-sex classes on female participation in traditionally male leisure activities

The role of leisure education in student development of college students

Courses Taught:
PRTM 198, 298, 398 – Creative Inquiry
PRTM Immersion/EDGE Semester Faculty Member
PRTM 421/621 – Recreation Financial Resources Management
PRTM 220 – Conceptual Foundations of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
PRTM 200 – The Profession and Practice in PRTM
PRTM 407 – Personnel Management in PRTM
PRTM 900 – Leisure in a Diverse Society
PRTM 241 – Introduction to Community Recreation, Sport and Camp Management
HEHD 804 – Assessment and Evaluation of Youth Programs (on-line)
PRTM 455 – Advanced Programming
PRTM 803 – Seminar in Recreation and Park Administration
PRTM 101 – Concepts of Leisure
PRTM 391 – Special Topics: Travel Across South Carolina
PRTM 308 – Leadership and Group Processes in Recreation
PRTM 321 – Recreation Administration