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Dr. Joel McCormick

Dr. Joel McCormick



1806 Colden Hall



Joined Northwest in 2023

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D. Natural Resource Recreation; University of Florida
  • M.S. Sociology – Criminal Justice; Longwood University
  • M.S. Outdoor Recreation; Aurora University
  • B.S. Psychology; Christopher Newport University
  • B.S. Philosophy; Christopher Newport University

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Recreation and Leisure
  • Leisure, Sport, and Event Tourism
  • Theories of Play
  • Outdoor Recreation and Camps
  • Recreational Programming and Leadership
  • Outdoor Recreation Leadership

Academic Interests

  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design for Parks and Green Spaces
  • Outdoor and Natural Resource Leisure and Recreation
  • Youth Development and Youth-At-Risk Prevention

Scholarly Activity

  • McCormick, J. & Holland S. (2013). Exploring Strategies to Reduce Incivilities, Provide Security, and Reduce Fear of Crime in Urban Parks. Security Journal.
  • McCormick, J., Holland, S., & Szydlo, L. (2010). Experiential learning 2.0: Incorporating youtube© in leisure studies. Schole. 25, 74-78
  • McCormick, J. (2006). Design against crime: Time spent at the drafting table can make parks and green spaces safer. Parks & Recreation May issue, p. 35-39

Other Professional Experiences

  • Cubmaster & Den Leader for Scouting USA
  • 4-H Youth Advisory Council and Shooting Sports Volunteer
  • Member of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program – Human Dimensions Team