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Faculty and Staff Profile

Stephen Lewis

Senior Lecturer

Office: 120-A Sirrine

Phone: 864-656-1229


Educational Background

PhD Leisure Behavior
Indiana University 2012

MS Recreation and Leisure Services Administration
Florida State University 2000

BS Recreation and Leisure Services Administration (Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis)
Florida State University 1999

Courses Taught

PRTM 2650 Terminology in Recreational Therapy Practice
PRTM 3220 Facilitation Techniques in Recreational Therapy
PRTM 3230 Professional Preparation for Recreational Therapy Practice
PRTM 3280 Preceptorship in Recreational Therapy
PRTM 4050 Internship in Recreational Therapy
PRTM 4240 Evidence-based Lifestyle Interventions for Older Adults
PRTM 4260 Trends and Issues in RT
PRTM 4980 Creative Inquiry
PRTM 8040 Independent Study
PRTM 8130 Qualitative Research Methods in PRTM
PRTM 8730 Advanced Theory and Application in Recreational Therapy
PRTM 8740 Management of Clinical Process in Recreational Therapy
PRTM 8750 Program Planning and Consulting in RT
PRTM 9300 Doctoral Residency 1
PRTM 9310 Doctoral Residency 2
PRTM 9320 Doctoral Residency 3
PRTM 9340 Teaching Practicum in RT


Dr. Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in the Recreational Therapy (RT) program at Clemson University, instructing both in-person and online courses to all levels of RT students. He has been a certified therapeutic recreation specialist since 2000, with the majority of his direct service focusing on adults with severe and persistent mental illness. He began teaching full-time at the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill, New Zealand in 2006, immediately before serving as a visiting lecturer at Indiana University (2007-2010) while completing PhD coursework. He then served as a lecturer, and assistant professor (after obtaining PhD degree) at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse (2010-2014), and has been a Clemson tiger since August, 2014. Dr. Lewis is currently serving as the chair for Clemson University's LGBTQ Commission, and an associate editor for the ATRA Annual publication.

Research Interests

Dr. Lewis has a passion for critical narrative inquiry, and topics of interest range from obesity-stigma, LGBTQ issues, social justice in RT and other leisure settings, scholarship of teaching and learning, and authentic community participation and leisure constraint negotiation.

Research Publications

Goodwin, B. J., Hawkins, B. L., Townsend, J. A., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Lewis, S. T. (2017). Therapeutic riding and children with autism spectrum disorder: an application of
the theory of self-efficacy. American Journal of Recreation Therapy.

Lewis, S. T., & Newhouse, G. C. (2014). Obesity-stigma and the Why Try model:
Implications for outdoor recreation constraint negotiation. Journal of Outdoor
Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 6(2), 147-160.

Lewis, S. T., & Johnson, C. W. (2011). Its not that easy: Negotiating (trans)gender
expression in leisure spaces. Leisure/Loisir, Special Issue: Leisure, Space, and Social
Change, 35(2).

Lewis, S. T., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2008). Obesity-stigma as a multifaceted constraint to
leisure. Journal of Leisure Research, 40 (4), pp. 574-588.

Lewis, S. T., Mowatt, R. A., & Yuen, F. (2016). Working through difference:
Acknowledging power, privilege, and the roots of oppression, in E. Sharpe, H. Mair, & F.
Yuen (Eds.) Community Development: Applications for Leisure.

Lewis, S. T., Johnson, C. W., & Kivel, B. D. (2016). (De)constructing the Other:
Fostering leisure and the development of queer(ed) gender and sexual identities, in B. D.
Kivel, & I. E. Schneider (Eds.) Diversity and the Recreation Profession: Organizational
Perspectives (3rd ed.). Venture Publishing.

Lewis, S. T. (2015). Major depressive disorder, in H. Porter (Ed.) Recreational therapy for
specific diagnoses and conditions. Enumclaw, WA: Idyll Arbor, Inc.

Wilson, J. D., & Lewis, S. T. (2012). Transgender specific programming: An oasis in the
storm, in M. Wagstaff & B. Martin (Eds.) Controversial Issues in Adventure
Programming. Human Kinetics.

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