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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Jeffrey Ferguson

Dr. Jeffrey Ferguson



204 Martindale Hall


660.562.1483 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1987

Associate Professor


  • Ed.D. Recreation Administration and Higher Education; Oklahoma State University
  • M.S. Recreation Administration; University of Missouri-Columbia
  • B.S. Recreation Administration; Southwest Missouri State University

Courses Taught

  • 45-240 Foundations of Recreation
  • 45-440 Leisure Resources/Facility Design and Management
  • 45-450 Field Experience in Recreation and Park Management
  • 45-452 Field Experience in Corporate Recreation/Wellness
  • 45-499 Recreation Internship
  • 45-545 Risk Management
  • 45-546 Administration of Recreation
  • 45-630 Historical and Philosophical Concepts of Parks and Recreation
  • 45-660 Recreation Facility Design and Management

Academic Interests

  • Recreation profession entry level competencies
  • Design, maintenance, and management of indoor and outdoor recreation areas
  • The role of recreation in promoting lifetime wellness
  • The law and its impact on leisure services
  • Youth programming

Scholarly Activity

Book Chapter

  • Contributing author for a Human Kinetics text titled, ‘Introduction to Recreation and Leisure’.
  • My contribution is titled, ‘Corporate Recreation, Health, and Wellness’.


  • Ferguson, Jeffrey.  Recreation Wellness: A Curriculum Model.  2008 International Forum on Sport,Exercise and Leisure, Shijiazhuang, China.

NRPA Accreditation Self-Study

  • Myllykangas, Sue and Ferguson, Jeffrey.  Northwest Missouri State University – Recreation Program Accreditation Self-Study.  A document submitted to the National Recreation and Park Association for the purpose of earning national accreditation for the undergraduate Recreation degree program.

Student Group Advisement

  • Curriculum Coordinator for the undergraduate degree in Recreation

Other Professional Experiences

  • Currently serving as the Chair of the Leisure Educators Section of the Missouri Recreation and Parks Association
  • Member of the Missouri Recreation and Parks Association
  • Member of the National Parks and Recreation Association
  • Primary supervisor of undergraduate recreation field experiences and internships


  • Merit badge counselor for the Pony Express Council of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Youth Sunday School Teacher and Assistant Choir Director
  • Member of the Northwest Wesley Center Board
  • Personal interests include trout fishing, float trips, downhill skiing, and international travel