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Dr. Laura Payne and Dr. Jeremy Robinett

Faculty

Lynn A. Barnett-Morris, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Lynn A. Barnett-Morris, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1976

Research and Professional Interests

Professor Barnett's areas of interest include analysis of play and its relation to development; investigation of toys and play spaces as facilitative of play; and resources in research design and statistical analysis.
 
Professor Barnett's areas of research include theoretical formulation of children's play; intrinsic motivation and rewards; the effects of adult-structured play and extracurricular activities on children's development and interests; and the play of chldren with special challenges and needs.
 
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Liza Berdychevsky, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Liza Berdychevsky, Ph.D.

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Ph.D., Health and Human Performance, University of Florida

Research and Professional Interests

Liza Berdychevsky, Ph.D., focuses in her research on the matters of gender, sexual behavior, risk-taking, identity, and well-being in recreation and tourism contexts. Liza’s research reveals that women’s sexual risk-taking in tourism is a multidimensional and complex phenomenon, including physical, sexual health, social, emotional, mental/self-perception, and cultural aspects.

 

Liza’s research findings contribute to the development of a deeper understanding of the perceptions of and motivations for sexual risk-taking in tourism vis-à-vis everyday life. In turn, this increased understanding offers directions for health programs and/or information campaigns aimed at addressing sexual risk behaviors in different leisure and travel contexts.

 

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Laurence Chalip, Professor, Department Head

Laurence Chalip

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Degree

University of Chicago, Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, 1988

Research and Professional Interests

Laurence Chalip studies sport policy. His focus includes policies specifically for sport, particularly policies intended to foster development of sport, as well as policy uses of sport, such as the engagement of sport to enhance economic and social development. His research recognizes that sport is a multilevel enterprise, so it examines community sport organizations, as well as elite sport systems, including the Olympic Movement. In order to understand the ramifications of sport policy, his work consider the linkages between sport and other industries, particularly tourism, health, and recreation. The objective of this work is to elaborate a model that enables optimal design and delivery of sport services and events.

B. Chris Green, Ph.D., Professor

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Ph.D., Sport Management, University of Maryland

Research and Professional Interests

Chris Green studies the intersection of sport and development. Her work examines the growth and development of sport programs and systems and their relationship to the development of individuals, groups, communities, and organizations. The intellectual aim of her work is to elaborate a model that identifies factors that facilitate or inhibit the development of sport at each level, and that describes the separate, cumulative, and interactive effects of those factors within and across levels. The practical objective of this work is enhanced effectiveness in the governance, administration, marketing, and policymaking for sport programs and sport systems. In this way, sport settings can be created and maintained in ways that assist the development of a wide range of individuals, groups, and communities.

 

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Joy Huang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Joy Huang, Ph.D.

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Ph.D., Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2010

Toni Liechty, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Toni Liechty, Ph.D.

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(217) 300-0105

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(217) 244-1935

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Degree

Ph.D., Major: Leisure Studies/ Minor: Bio-behavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Liechty's research explores the connections between physically active leisure and body image, embodiment, and health and well-being. For example, she has investigated body image and leisure among pregnant women, retirement-age men and women, and female athletes.

 

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Cary McDonald, Ph.D., Associate Professor

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Ph.D., Emphasis in Recreation Resource Management with specializations in Outdoor Recreation Behavior/Human Dimensions and Social Sciences, University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources; 1985.

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. McDonald's areas of research include application of social and behavioral science principles for understanding behavior in natural environments. Areas of application include outdoor recreation resource planning, management and policy; human dimensions of natural resource management; nature-based tourism; and survey research methodology.

 

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Laura L. Payne, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Laura L. Payne, Ph.D.

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Ph.D., Leisure Studies with a minor in Gerontology, Pennsylvania State University, 1998

Research and Professional Interests

Professor Payne is also the Director of the Illinois Rural Recreation Development Project (IRRDP) administered through the Office of Recreation and Park Resources (ORPR). IRRDP has two core programs: Summer Daze Youth Recreation and the Illinois Senior Wellness Initiative.

 

Professor Payne is interested in examining the effects of leisure behavior on measures of health and well-being (e.g., psychosocial, physiological) among two populations in transition: adolescents and older adults. More specifically, she examines the relationship between leisure style and health of older adults with chronic conditions; the role of local parks and recreation agencies in the promotion and maintenance of health; and the relationship between nature-based leisure experiences and health.

 

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Nuno Ribeiro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Nuno Ribeiro, Ph.D.,

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Carla Santos, PhD, Associate Professor

Carla Santos, PhD

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(217) 244-3874

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Ph.D., Mass Communications, Pennsylvania State University, 2002

Research and Professional Interests

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Santos serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Culture and Communication, and the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management. She serves as the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change. Her research program is focused on the examination of communicative practices (from mass mediated narratives to the face-to-face dyad) as a means of addressing the socio-political and cultural impact of tourism on the world's people and cultures.

Research Interests

  • Socio-cultural and political aspects of tourism
  • Cultural sustainability
  • Heritage and tourism
  • Genealogical tourism
  • The personalized worlds of experience guided by tourism representations
  • The ideological forces that shape and organize tourism representations

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Kimberly Shinew, Ph.D., Professor

Kimberly Shinew, Ph.D.

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(217) 333-4410

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Ph.D., Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management , Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 1993

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Shinew's research efforts focus on studying marginalized populations. Most of her research has focused on the leisure behavior of racial and ethnic minorities, particularly African Americans and Latino(a)s. More specifically, she seeks to delineate the complex relationships between race/ethnicity and leisure behavior and services. Her research also examines issues affecting the leisure behavior and services of women. In her research, she strives to highlight the constraints and other factors that can make leisure and leisure services problematic for marginalized populations, and the parallel issues that can affect these groups.

  • Understanding unique and culturally-relevant leisure participation patterns and constraints among racial and ethnic minorities.
  • Investigating leisure spaces as sites for interracial integration and/or segregation.
  • Exploring physical activity as a leisure choice for racial and ethnic minorities.
  • Examining the leisure constraints women face and their resistance to these constraints, and the coping strategies they employ to develop satisfying leisure lifestyles.

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William P. Stewart, Ph.D., Professor

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(217) 333-4410

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Ph.D., Watershed Management and Forestry, University of Arizona, 1987

Research and Professional Interests

Professor Stewart's goals for both teaching and research are to facilitate the development of parks and other environmental settings to improve quality of life and community well being.

 

Professor Stewart conducts research associated with park and natural resources development and teaches courses in the university-wide environment program. Bill has been involved with research projects that assess information from park users, community residents, and various other stakeholders.

 

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Monika Stodolska, Ph.D., Professor

Monika Stodolska, Ph.D.

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(217) 244-5644

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Ph.D., Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, July 1999

Research and Professional Interests

Professor Stodolska's research focuses on leisure behavior of ethnic and racial minorities and on constraints on leisure. She explores subjects such as the effects of race and ethnicity on leisure behavior of recent immigrants, issues of cultural change and adaptation among minority groups, and transnationalism. Other subjects that are prominent in her research include ethnic and racial discrimination in leisure settings, recreation behavior of minority populations in natural environments, physical activity among minority groups, as well as constraints on leisure.

 

Dr. Stodolska also has an emerging research line on new technologies and new media in leisure and recreation.

 

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Scott Tainsky, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Scott Tainsky, Ph.D.

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(217) 244-1857

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(217) 244-1935

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Degree

Ph.D., Sport Management, University of Michigan, 2008

Research and Professional Interests

My research interests in a broad sense are: (1) to recognize the unique aspects of sports and the sport industry, and (2) understand their disparate effects on sport organization and sport fan typologies. The specific goal of my research is to increase the total utility created by major sports leagues.

  • Sports economics, sports media, sports finance, corporate social responsibility.

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Carena van Riper, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Carena van Riper, Ph.D.

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(217) 244-9317

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Degree

Ph.D., Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences with a certificate in Applied Biodiversity Sciences, Texas A&M University

Research and Professional Interests

Carena van Riper is interested in the human dimensions of natural resources. Her research focuses on the psychological mechanisms that underlie human behavior, particularly values, human-place bonding and environmental attitudes in recreation and leisure contexts. Carena uses a variety of tools such as latent variable modeling, stated preference techniques and Geographic Information Systems to support public participation in decision-making and conservation activities. Much of her work is conducted in parks and protected areas with a special focus on management of coastal and marine environments.

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Jon Welty Peachey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Jon Welty Peachey, Ph.D.

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Degree

Ph.D., Sport Management, University of Connecticut

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Welty Peachey's research centers upon sport-for-development and social change, particularly examining inclusive leadership strategies, program design modalities, and program impact. He applies this research focus by working with community-based and non-governmental organizations that use sport for development purposes, to help determine effective leadership strategies and programmatic and structural design features that are sensitive to cultural contexts and the individuals served by the programs. He also works with these organizations to examine how their programs and events can be leveraged for community impact and development.

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Instructional Faculty

Carla Costa, Adjunct Instructor

Ryan Gower, Ph.D., Lecturer

Ryan Gower, Ph.D.

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(217) 244-9287

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(217) 244-1935

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Degree

Ph.D., Leisure Behavior, 2008

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Gower's professional interests include enhancing our understanding of interactions with public recreation agencies with an emphasis on exploring:

Interests

  • Best practices in improving customer satisfaction with recreation programs.
  • Communication of outcomes of public recreation agencies with key constituents (benchmarking, legislative advocacy & bond referendums).
  • Exploring perception of service and impact on future park and recreation program usage.

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Don Hardin, B.S., Lecturer, University of Illinois – Physical Education

Don Hardin

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(217) 244-3708

Research and Professional Interests

University of Illinois Head Volleyball Coach, retired.

Director of Illini Scholar’s Program, through which admitted applicants to our M.S. program are matched with assistantships in DIA (Division of Intercollegiate Athletics Department).

Jonathan Hicks, Visiting Lecturer

Jonathan Hicks

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Research and Professional Interests

My research agenda is focused on human-wildlife interaction in leisure settings. Specifically, my work seeks to develop a deeper understanding of how emotionally significant experiences with wildlife influence learning and cognitive processes. My work has implications for park planning and policy development as well as wildlife-related sport and tourism.

Myoung Kim, Adjunct Instructor

Michael Raycraft, Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Michael Raycraft

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Jen Ruddell, Adjunct Lecturer

Terry Schwartz, Adjunct Instructor

Steven Staples, Adjunct Instructor

Cindy Wachter, Ph.D., Lecturer, Leisure Studies

Cindy Wachter, Ph.D.

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(217) 244-6915

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Research and Professional Interests

Exploring contemporary social influences on leisure such as cultural understandings of leisure and its relationship to happiness and quality of life; the relationship between technology and leisure social factors affecting the work/leisure relationship (i.e. public policies, cultural/corporate values, time use, job structure); the value of and barriers to unstructured play for children.

Retired and Emeritus Faculty

  • Joseph J. Bannon, Professor Emeritus of Leisure Studies
  • Jerry Burnam, Associate Dean ALS (Retired
  • Michael Ellis, Professor Emeritus of Leisure Studies
  • Robert D. Espeseth, Professor Emeritus of Leisure Studies
  • John R. Kelly, Professor Emeritus of Leisure Studies
  • William R. McKinney, Professor Emeritus of Recreation, Sport and Tourism
  • Bruce E. Wicks, Associate Professor Emeritus of Recreation, Sport and Tourism

Office of Recreation and Park Resources (ORPR)

Robin Hall, Visiting Faculty, Director, Office of Recreation and Tourism Development

Jarrod Scheunemann

Jarrod Scheunemann

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Departmental Staff

Ryan Latvaitis, Office Support Specialist

Julia Spitz, Administrative Aide

Advising

Lori Kay Paden, Undergraduate Advisor

Lori Kay Paden

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(217) 333-9082

Timothy Tiger, Online Master's Program, Student Services Advisor

Timothy Tiger

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