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Northwest Missouri State University


Dr. Sue Myllykangas

Dr. Sue Myllykangas

Email

Office

210 Martindale Hale

Phone

660.562.1377
660.562.1483 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2005

Associate Professor


Education

  • Ph.D. Leisure Behavior; Indiana University,  2005
    • Dissertation: “Meaning of Leisure: A case study of older women with HIV/AIDS and their female family caregivers.”
  • M.A. Gerontology Management/Administration; University of Northern Colorado,  2000
    • Thesis: “Older Adults’ Flow Conditions: Recreational Activities Versus ADL/IADL Activities.”
  • B.S. Recreation Management/Administration; University of Southern Colorado, 1983 

Courses Taught

  • 45-245  Leisure Services for Special Populations
  • 45-321  Exploring Recreation Resources
  • 45-340  Recreational Programming
  • 45-365  Leisure & Aging
  • 45-434  Senior Seminar          
  • 45-461  Therapeutic Recreation Interventions for the Elderly
  • 45-542  Trends & Issues in Therapeutic Recreation
  • 45-547  Grantsmanship
  • 45-635  Trends & Issues in Recreation/Leisure
  • 45-648  Human Resources & Ethics in HPERD
  • 45-665  Leisure & Aging
  • 45-699  Thesis in Recreation
  • 22-556  Health in the Later Years
  • 22-649  Independent Study in Recreation
  • 45-216  Gerontology
  • 45-315  Social Aspects of Aging and Families
  • 45-451  Field Experience in Therapeutic Recreation
  • 45-469  Practicum in Aging
  • 45-499  Internship in Therapeutic Recreation
  • 73-101  Freshman Seminar

Academic Interests

  • Pedagogy & Andragogy: Effective Teaching Techniques
  • Aging (caregiving, psychosocial issues, leisure behaviors, palliative care, end of life)

Scholarly Activity

Publications

  • Myllykangas, S. A., & Ferguson, J. (2011).  Self-study report: Northwest Missouri State University’s recreation program. National Recreation & Park Association: Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions.

International Presentations

  • Myllykangas, S. A. (November 2014).  Is that processed or free-range? Choices faced by an aging female academic. 35th Annual National Women’s Studies Association Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Invited)
  • Myllykangas, S. A., & Stobbe, L. (January 2014). Content in context: Promoting higher level critical thinking. 12th Hawaii International Conference on Education, Waikiki, HI.
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (January 2014).  Connected but not sensitive to others: Teaching empathy.  12th Hawaii International Conference on Education, Waikiki, HI.

Regional Presentations

  • Myllykangas, S. A. (September 2014).  Time is short: Purposeful interventions at the end of life.  Nebraska Recreation and Parks Association conference, Kearney, NE (invited).
  • Myllykangas, S., McGary, D., & Henry, D. (April 2014).  Therapeutic recreation advocacy in 3D.  Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation & Adapted Physical Activity, St. Charles, IL.
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (April 2014).  More than Bible study: Programming for the spiritual domain.  Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation & Adapted Physical Activity, St. Charles, IL.
  • Johnson, J., & Myllykangas, S. (April 2014).  Therapeutic use of music and technology.  Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation & Adapted Physical Activity, St. Charles, IL.
  • Robertson, T., Myllykangas, S., & Long, T. (April 2014).  Best practice sharing and professional learning communities.  Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation & Adapted Physical Activity, St. Charles, IL.
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (April 2014).  Why aren’t they coming?: Simple environmental changes to increase active engagement.  Minnesota Association of Senior Services conference, Apple Valley, MN (Keynote, invited).
  • Myllykangas, S.A. (April 2014).  Reluctant agers vs. real life: Meeting the needs of Boomers.  Minnesota Association of Senior Services conference, Apple Valley, MN (Keynote, invited).
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (March 2014).  Deer!: The surprises around the corner for aging Baby Boomers.  Wisconsin Association of Nutrition Directors & Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers conference, Stephen’s Point, WI (Keynote, invited).
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (March 2014).  Food across the decades: What’s age got to do with it?  Wisconsin Association of Nutrition Directors & Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers conference, Stephen’s Point, WI (Keynote, invited).
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (September 2013).  Why aren’t they coming?: Simple environmental changes to increase active engagement.  Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers conference, Stephen’s Point, WI (invited). 
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (September 2013).  Reluctant agers vs. real life: Meeting the needs of Boomers.  Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers conference, Stephen’s Point, WI (invited).
  • Myllykangas, S. A. & Hawkins, B. A. (April 2013).  Assessing the therapeutic environment for health promotion.  Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation & Adapted Physical Activity, St. Louis, MO.
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (April, 2013).  Including the marginalized: Serving women with HIV/AIDS.  Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation & Adapted Physical Activity, St. Louis, MO.
  • Myllykangas, S. A., Tapps, M., Mizener, T., Gillis, T., White, A., & Drotzmann, J. (April, 2013).  An application: Activity and symptom analysis for easier goal setting.  Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation & Adapted Physical Activity, St. Louis, MO.
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (April, 2013).  Purposeful programming to address cognitive challenges.  Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation & Adapted Physical Activity, St. Louis, MO.
  • Myllykangas, S. A. & Ferguson, J. (February, 2013).  Symbiotic relationships: How students of Parks & Recreation can benefit you.  Missouri Parks & Recreation Association, Osage Beach, MO.
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (November, 2012).  Delicate designs for dementia: Purposeful programs.  Wisconsin Parks & Recreation conference, Dells, WI (invited).
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (November, 2012).  Reluctant agers vs real life: Meeting the needs of Boomers.  Wisconsin Parks & Recreation conference, Dells, WI (invited). 

Student Group Advisement

  • Advisor, Parks & Recreation
  • Co-Director, KoNu

Other Professional Experiences

  • Chairperson, Leadership Northwest Missouri Board of Directors
  • Primary Investigator on several grants with the Heartland Foundation and assistant on a FIPSE: Funds for the Improvement of Secondary Education grant with the Department of Education