Philosophy and Theory

The Philosophy & Theory competency area involves knowledge and skills that connect the philosophy and theory to professional practice. Informing our practice through the use of existing frameworks and development of new frameworks provides the context for best practices. As we operate in a higher education environment, our work gives us the high-powered opportunity to apply the process of praxis.

  • Trends in recreational sports, and health and wellness theories and models
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Student Development Theory
  • Participation-based philosophical perspectives
  • The CAS Standards for Recreational Sports Programs
  • Standards of Practice, issues of equity and diversity, and Student Affairs issues and theories


Philosophy & Theory

  • Tool Time for Student Supervision: Moving From Transactional to Transformational

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    On the 90s sitcom Home Improvement, Tim “The Toolman” Taylor may have been a handyman on his show, Tool Time, but he still needed to spend time sharpening his tools. Likewise, student staff managers must keep their tools sharp to be effective educators and supervisors. This interactive presentation will offer time for self-evaluation, a chance to learn about the benefits of student development, and resources to sharpen or supplement your supervisor ‘toolbox’. Attendees will leave the session with the tools to take their management style from transactional to transformational.

  • Meeting Students Where They Are Transforming Campuses and Communities through Health and Wellness Coaching

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/23/2021

    Health coaching has been proven to play a pivotal role in producing long-term lifestyle change, and it can also be a powerful catalyst for cultivating a culture of wellness that differentiates your campus recreation department. In this session, explore the essential ingredients for creating a well-defined integrated wellness focus for your university and examine specifically how health and wellness coaching can successfully engage students and allow for collaboration with other departments and community partners.

  • Connecting Students to Campus Recreation Through a Profession-Based Learning Approach

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/23/2021

    ​The profession-based learning model provides students with opportunities to apply the learning that occurs in the classroom to projects and experiences that typically occur within the professional environments of their future employment (Mottet et al., 2017). In this presentation, the audience will gain an understanding of the current student population and what motivations could impact students deciding on a major/career.

  • The Importance of Belonging in Campus Recreation

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/10/2021

    Traditional campus rec marketing, programming, and engagement have reached their limits because we have traditionally focused on filling spaces (programs, rentals) & negotiating access (time, location, cost) rather than helping students feel like they belong in our programs and spaces. This leads to a silo approach to programming, marketing & engagement, staff development and revenue generation, which in turn leads to wasted resources, wasted time, and an untapped potential of new, sustainable participant flow. By focusing on BELONGING - where participants feel invited, welcomed, and included, campus recreation can have stronger recruitment and retention of participants leading to healthier, more active, and engaged students. Diversity and inclusion are more than just buzz words; they are essential in helping to create a healthier community for ALL.