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Faculty and Staff Profile

Francis A McGuire

Interim Chair

Office: 263 Lehotsky Hall
Phone: 864-656-2183

 Educational Background

University of Illinois 1979

Penn State 1975

Cornell University 1975

 Courses Taught

Concepts of Leisure
Behavioral Concepts in Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Recreation and Society (On-line class)
Leadership and Group Processes in Recreation
Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
Therapeutic Recreation Processes
Therapeutic Recreation for Selected Populations
Recreation and Leisure for Special Populations
Research and Evaluation in Recreation
Leisure Service for the Elderly
Therapeutic Recreation and Activity Therapy Administration
Graduate Teaching Seminar
Behavioral Aspects of PRTM


I am currently serving as Interim Chair of the Department

 Research Interests

leisure in later life

 Research Publications

Huang, Y. C., Backman, S. J., Chang, L. L., Backman, K. F., & McGuire, F. A. (2013) Experiencing Student
Learning and Tourism Training in a 3D Virtual World: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Hospitality,
Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education. 13, 190-201.

Huang, Y., Backman, S., McGuire, F., Backman, K, & Chang, L (2013) Second Life: The potential of 3D virtual worlds in the travel and tourism industry. Tourism Analysis, 18 (4).

Dye, C.J., Kemper, K., McGuire, F., & Aybar-Damali, B. (2012) Impact of an intervention on mediators of physical activity among elderly food stamp recipients. Educational Gerontology, 38, 788 – 798.

Hawkins, B., Cory, L, McGuire, F. & Allen, L. (2012) Therapeutic recreation in education: Considerations for TR practitioners, school systems and policy makers. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 23 (3), 131-139.

Becco, A., Halo, J., Baldwin, E., & McGuire, F. (2011). An examination of guided night hiking experiences in parks and protected areas. Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration, 29 (4), 72 – 88.

Wei, Y. McGuire, F. & Zhou, (2011) The influence of travel experience on mature travelers' quality of life. International Journal of Information Systems in the Service Sector , 3 (1), 52 – 63.

Anderson, D., Cory, L. & McGuire, F. A. (2011) The First Day: It Happens Only Once. Teaching in Higher Education , 16 (3), 293 – 303.

Conti, A., Voelkl, J. & McGuire, F. A. (2009). The potential role of leisure in the prevention of dementia. Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 17.

Kleiber, D., McGuire, F., Aybar-Damali, B. & Norman, W. (2008). The paradox of leisure constraints: Having more by doing less. Journal of Leisure Research, 40 (3), 343 – 359.

Gould, J., Moore, D. & McGuire, F. (2008). Development of the Serious Leisure Inventory and Measure. Journal of Leisure Research, 40 (1), 47 – 68.

Brown, C. & McGuire, F. (2008). The link between successful aging and serious leisure. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 66(1), 75 – 95.

Conti, A., Voelkl, J. & McGuire, F. (2008) Efficacy of meaningful activities in recreation therapy on passive behaviors of older adults with dementia. Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 16, 91 – 104.

Harrison, M. & McGuire, F. A. (2008). Starting a lifelong learning institute: A first hand report. Activities, Adaptation and Aging, 32 (2), 149 – 157.

Harrison, M. & McGuire, F. (2008) An Investigation of the Influence of Vicarious Experience on Perceived Self-Efficacy. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 7 (1) Winter, 10 – 16.

Anderson, D. & McGuire, F. (2008). A systematic approach to documenting teaching effectiveness. Schole: A journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education 22, 17 – 28.

Voelkl, J. & McGuire, F. A. (2008). Learning to articulate one’s professional philosophy: The use of the warrior exam. Schole: A journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 22, 113 – 120.