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Our People

The REYSE Collaboratory at Clemson University fosters collaboration among scholars, practitioners and community members. Meet the scholars leading the Collaboratory's work. 

Staff

Founder & Director

Dr. Corliss OutleyCorliss Outley, Ph.D. 
Professor
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management 
Clemson University

Dr. Outley's research examines positive youth development outcomes during the out-of-school time hours, particularly focusing on racial/ethnic identity and cultural behaviors, health disparities, social justice and built and physical environmental influences. She considers herself a “community engaged scholar” that focuses on improving sociopolitical systems and environments to reduce inequalities through the application of strengths-based empowerment approaches to youth engagement. She also attests that it is only from working side-by-side with communities that we as scholars will learn about their assets, as well as needs, in order to get for these citizens to no longer be considered underserved, but where they are fully represented and active participants in the social, environmental, economic and educational institutions.

 

Associate Director

Dr. Harrison PinckneyHarrison Pinckney, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management 
Clemson University

Dr. Pinckney's research focuses on the systems, institutions, and programs that influence the racial socialization of African American youth. Similarly, he examines the ways in which racial identity manifests itself in the lives of African American youth. Recognizing the role of faith-based organizations in the African American community, I also explore the ways in which this institution serves youth and the outcomes associated with participation in/with these organizations.

 

  

Assistant Director of Community Collaboration

Dr. Harrison PinckneyTavaghn Monts
Associate Director
Momentum Bike Clubs
Clemson University

Tavaghn Monts works with Clemson University's Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management Department and is Associate Director of Momentum Bike Clubs, a group mentoring initiative for middle school and high school students in Greenville and Pickens Counties where youth may face multiple risk factors including persistent poverty, parental incarceration and/or instability in their home life. 

 

Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation

Dr. Ryan GagnonRyan Gagnon, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor 
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management 
Clemson University

Dr. Gagnon's substantive research focuses on out-of-school programs as contexts for youth thriving and how parents influence youth development and out-of-school time experiences. Ryan also examines how to advance the application of quantitative research to out-of-school-time contexts.

 

Researcher

Dr. WuYi Ju Wu, Ph.D.

Dr. Wu's research focuses on promoting adolescents’ positive mental health and social connectedness through recreational experiences and the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in child and youth development. Working specifically with Asian American youth populations, she focuses on the relationship between participation in cultural immersion camps, leisure behaviors and mental health outcomes among Taiwan adolescents.

 

  

Community of Scholars 

The Collaboratory Scholars comprise an interdisciplinary group of researchers and community experts who are committed to improving the lives of racial and ethnic youth through an examination of social equity. 

 

Apply to Become a Post-Doctorate Fellow 

We are inviting applications for a postdoctoral position to support ongoing research projects for faculty within the program.

Click here for position details, including how to apply! 

 

Graduate Students 

We are currently seeking well-qualified applicants for Ph.D. Research Assistantships starting in Fall 2021. These assistantships provide a competitive stipend to on-campus students and include a full tuition wavier. Assistantships are for the 9-month academic year and cover 20 hours of work per week. 

Research Assistants in the REYSE Collaboratory would assist with grant funded projects focused on youth development. Well-qualified graduate applicants with interests in Racial/Ethnic Identity Development (particularly disaggregated US populations), Youth Development (e.g., Out-of-school time [OST] Programs; Summer Camps; Mentoring) and Social Equity (e.g., Developmental Inequities; Anti-Racism; Health Disparities; Culturally Responsive Programming) are encouraged to explore our Social Justice Youth Development framework and strategic planRead more about the opportunity, including how to apply

 

Maria LeónMaria León
Ph.D. Student
Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
Texas A&M University



Maria LeónMaira Patino
Ph.D. Student
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Clemson University

 

 

Anitra Alexander

Anitra Alexander 
Master's Student
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Clemson University

 

 

 

We are not currently seeking to fill any full-time positions. We are assessing our capacity to train Masters and Doctoral scholars for the 2021-22 academic year. If you would like to be contacted in the future regarding our graduate student assistantship positions, please email a resume/CV and cover letter to reyse@clemson.edu.  In your cover letter, please include the following:

  • Professional goals in 2-4 years
  • Relevant skills
  • Skills you would like to develop
  • Interest in 2-3 current REYSE projects

Undergraduate Positions 

We are not currently seeking to fill any full-time positions. We are assessing our capacity to train undergraduate students for the 2021-22 academic year. If you would like to be contacted in the future regarding our undergraduate scholar positions, please email a resume and cover letter to reyse@clemson.edu.  In your cover letter, please include the following:

  • Professional goals in 2-4 years
  • Relevant skills
  • Skills you would like to develop
  • Interest in 2-3 current REYSE projects

Students with Federal Work Study awards are encouraged to apply.