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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Sue Myllykangas

Dr. Sue Myllykangas



210 Martindale Hale


660.562.1483 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2005

Associate Professor


  • 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
  • 15-216   Gerontology
  • 73-101   Freshman Seminar

Academic Interests

  • Pedagogy & Andragogy: Effective Teaching Techniques
  • Aging (caregiving, psychosocial issues, leisure behaviors, intergenerational relations)

Scholarly Activity

  • Vetter, R. E. & Myllykangas, S. A. (February, 2011). Using creative movement as a stress reduction intervention. Journal  of Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance, 82(2), 35-38.
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (April 2010). Planning for Baby Boomers. Parks & Recreation Midwest Regional Conference, Kearney, NE. (invited)
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (April 2010). Programming for today’s seniors. Parks & Recreation Midwest Regional Conference, Kearney, NE. (invited)
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (March, 2010). “Teaching Death & Dying: An online problem-based learning module.” Association for Gerontology in Higher Education conference, Reno, NV.
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (March 2010). “Socioemotional Selectivity and leisure behavior of older women with HIV//AIDS and their caregivers.” Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Reno, NV.
  • Myllykangas, S. A., & Foose, A. K. (March 2010). Huh? Providing better customer service by clarifying communication. Missouri Parks & Recreation conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (November 30, 2010). Riding the Wave: Public Relations and Old People. 29-260 Public Relations  Techniques, Department of Communications, Northwest Missouri State University.
  • Myllykangas, S.A. (November 2010). Budgeting. 45-545 Administration in Recreation, Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, Northwest Missouri State University.
  • Myllykangas, S. A. (October 10, 2010). Leisure & Aging: Providing context for learning through Hollywood films. CITE: Center for Instructional Technology – Lunch and Learn Workshop. Faculty and Staff Professional  Development, Northwest Missouri State University.
  • Myllykangas, S.A. (2009, Fall). Northwest Missouri State University Students Explore Recreation Resources.
  •           Missouri Park & Recreation Association. Missouri Parks & Recreation, 24.
  • Myllykangas, S.A., & Wessel, R. (2009). Facilitating socialization and stimulating cognitive functioning of residents in long-term care facilities through the use of specially designed media kits. Prepared for Winston Bennett, Caregivers Homecare and Staffing, St. Joseph, MO.
  • Vetter, R.E., & Myllykangas, S.A. (2008). The hour of freedom: A pilot study using creative movement with caregivers. MOAHPERD: Missouri Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 18, 24-33. 

Student Group Advisement

  • Advisor, Parks & Recreation

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