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Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Dec. 13, 2017

Tapps co-authors textbook for recreation, leisure

By Keri Daughenbaugh, media relations assistant

Dr. Tyler Tapps

Dr. Tyler Tapps

Dr. Tyler Tapps, an assistant professor of recreation at Northwest Missouri State University, is co-editor of a new textbook, titled “Introduction to Recreation and Leisure.”

Now in its third edition, the textbook provides students with a broad view of the recreation and leisure field, grounding students in the historical, philosophical and social aspects of the industry, while providing an understanding of the industry through data, international perspectives on sustainability and ecotourism, and real world connections. The book also provides information about theories and skills that may be applied to careers.

The book, which Tapps edited with Dr. Mary Sara Wells, an associate professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, includes perspectives of 52 leading professors, professionals and emerging scholars from throughout the world. In addition, it introduces recreation and leisure foundational concepts, delivery systems and programming services.

“This project was a tremendous team effort and I am extremely lucky to be surrounded by project-oriented people,” Tapps said. ”As one of the editors of this book and an author, it was extremely rewarding to work with so many experts to create such a unique assortment of information.”

Tapps, who joined the Northwest faculty in 2014, teaches coursework related to trends and issues, grantsmanship, leisure behavior, and areas and facilities. He has a doctorate degree in health, leisure and human performance from Oklahoma State University as well as a master’s degree in recreation and a bachelor’s degree in corporate recreation and wellness from Northwest. He received Northwest’s Faculty Excellence Award for scholarship this fall. 


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Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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