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Faculty and Staff Profile

Ryan Gagnon

Assistant Professor


Office: Lehotsky 276A
Phone:
Email: RJGAGNO@clemson.edu
Personal Website: https://www.ryangagnon.com
 

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Clemson University 2017

M.A. Human Development
Washington State University 2013

B.A. Recreation Management
Eastern Washington University 2011

 Courses Taught

Data Analysis; PADM 8410
Youth Activity Facilitation and Leadership; YDL3350
Conceptual Foundations of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; PRTM2200

 Research Interests

In Out-of-School-Time (OST) settings we understand how sport, youth, and summer camp programs are designed and have a decent understanding of the potential outcomes that may result from program participation. More simply, we know why OST programs are delivered and in many cases what outcomes are achieved, but we often lack understanding of how programs are delivered. This “middle-part,” where OST programs are actually implemented, represents a “black box” in our understanding of OST programs, why they succeed, and why they fail. In this area my research is guided by four questions: (1) Why do youth serving OST programs fail, (2) What are the macro- and micro-level factors that promote programmatic failure, (3) What practical solutions are available to inhibit these “failure” factors, and (4) How can we measure this program failure and success in an interesting and methodologically contemporary ways?

 Research Publications

Gagnon, R. J., Stone, G. A., & Garst, B. A. (In Press). Beyond composite scores and Cronbach’s alpha: Advancing methodological rigor in recreation research. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.

Stone, G. A., Gagnon, R. J., Garst, B. A., & Pinckney, H. P. (In Press). Interpreting perceived constraints to ethnic and racial recreation participation using a recreation systems approach. Loisir et Société / Society & Leisure.

Whittington, A. J., Garst, B. A., Gagnon, R. J., & Baughman, S. (2017). Living without boys: A retrospective analysis of the benefits and skills gained at all-female camps. Journal of Experiential Education, 40(2), 97-113.

Garst, B. A., Stone, G. A., & Gagnon, R. J. (2016). Indoor competition climbing as a context for positive youth development. Journal of Youth Development, 11(2), 2-18.

Garst, B. A., & Gagnon, R. J. (2016). A structural model of camp director practices and outcomes: Does intention toward program outcomes matter? Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 34(4), 51-65.

Garst, B., Gagnon, R. J., & Whittington, A. (2016). A closer look at the camp experience: Examining relationships between life skills, elements of positive youth development, and antecedents of change among camp alumni. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 8(2), 180-199.

Gagnon R. J., Stone, G. A., Garst, B. A., & Arthur-Banning, S. (2016). Competition climbing: From leisure pursuit to lifestyle sport. Journal of Unconventional Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Studies, 6(1), 2-12.

Stone, G. A., Gagnon, R. J., Witesman, E., & Garst, B. A. (2016). Values and decision-making: Introducing the public servant values questionnaire to recreation administrators. Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Research, 6(1), 13-20.

Garst, B., Gagnon, R. J., & Bennett, T. (2016). Parent anxiety causes and consequences: Perspectives from camp program providers. LARNet: The Cyber Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research, 18(1), 22-39.

Gagnon, R. J., & Bumpus, M. F. (2016). Fidelity and its importance to experiential and outdoor education. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 8(1), 10-25.

Garst, B. A., Baughman, S., Whittington, A., & Gagnon, R. J. (2015). Influences of resident camp experiences on career choice: A case study of female alumnae. Research in Outdoor Education, 13(1), 59-82.

Hill, E., Gagnon, R. J., Ramsing, R., Goff, J., Kennedy, B., & Hooker, T. (2015). Measuring the impact of family diabetes camp: Using self-determination theory. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 40(4), 310-325.

Hill, E., Milliken, T., Goff, J., Clark, D., & Gagnon, R. J. (2015). A university, municipal recreation department, and public school collaborative model: Development and implementation of CARE Now. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 33(3), 62-75.

Franz, N., Garst, B. A., & Gagnon, R. J. (2015). The Cooperative Extension program development model: Adapting to a changing context. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 3(2), 3-12.

Gagnon, R. J., Franz, N., Garst, B. A., & Bumpus, M. F. (2015). Factors impacting program delivery: The importance of implementation research in Extension. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 3(2), 68-82.

Gagnon, R. J., Garst, B. A., & Franz, N. (2015). Looking ahead: Envisioning the future of the Extension program development model. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 3(2), 170-176.

Garst, B. & Gagnon, R. J. (2015). Exploring overparenting within the context of youth development programs. Journal of Youth Development, 10(1), 6-18.

 Honors and Awards

Clemson University, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences. (2017). Doctoral Degree Candidate Research Award.

Clemson University, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. (2017). Graduate Student Award of Excellence.

The American Camp Association. (2017). The Marge Scanlin Outstanding Research Award, “Exploring relationships between overparenting and the camp experience.”

The Society for Prevention Research. (2016). Sloboda and Bukoski Cup Statistics Competition Finalist, “Play as prevention: The influence of play on child risk behaviors.”

The Association of Outdoor Recreation Educators Research Symposium. (2015). Best Poster, “Career choice influences of camp experiences on girls’ lives.”

Washington State University, Encuentros Research Symposium. (2013). Best Oral Presentation, “Facilitator influences on program fidelity.”

The Association of Outdoor Recreation Educators. (2012). Graduate Student Literary Award, “Fidelity and its importance to experiential education.”

Eastern Washington University, Department of Physical Education, Health, and Recreation. (2011). Recreation Management Student of the Year 2010-2011.