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Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Oct. 14, 2014

Oklahoma association recognizes Tapps for research, scholarship

Dr. Tyler Tapps was recently granted Research Fellow Status and received the Betty Abercombie Research Award from the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at its Oct. 6 banquet. He is pictured above with outgoing OAHPERD president Stephanie Canada-Phillips (left) of the University of Central Oklahoma and incoming president Dr. Jan Drummond (right) of the University of Tulsa.

Dr. Tyler Tapps was recently granted Research Fellow Status and received the Betty Abercombie Research Award from the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at its Oct. 6 banquet. He is pictured above with outgoing OAHPERD president Stephanie Canada-Phillips (left) of the University of Central Oklahoma and incoming president Dr. Jan Drummond (right) of the University of Tulsa.

Dr. Tyler Tapps, assistant professor of recreation at Northwest Missouri State University, was recently granted Research Fellow Status for the state of Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD) board and council.  

Tapps was honored for the achievement at the OAHPERD annual conference banquet Oct. 6 at the University of Central Oklahoma. He also received the Betty Abercombie Research Award, which recognizes scholars making noteworthy contributions to the scholarly enterprise and promotes scholarly productivity among professionals representing health, physical education, recreation, leisure, dance and sport.

To qualify for fellow status, candidates must have been a professional member of OAHPERD for at least five years; attended the organization’s annual conventions; published at least seven journal articles and given at least 10 refereed, peer-reviewed presentations.  

Tapps joined the Northwest faculty this fall, having served as assistant professor in recreation management and therapeutic recreation in the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology at Oklahoma State University since 2009. He earned his Bachelor of Science in corporate recreation and wellness in 2004 and Master of Science in recreation in 2006, both from Northwest. He completed his doctorate in health, leisure and human science at Oklahoma State in 2009.

Tapps also will be presented with the Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award Oct. 15 at the NRPA Congress and Exposition in Charlotte, N.C.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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