Associate Professor of Recreation Resources
Office: 1602 Throckmorton
Area(s) of Specialization
Management of Recreation and Park Agencies, Park Operations and Resource Management, Program Design and Comprehensive Planning
Dr. Stevenson is a native Kansan, growing up in the small town of Olpe. Annual family camping vacations and the many athletic and outdoor opportunities available in a small community influenced his selection of a career in recreation and park management.
Prior to his arrival at Kansas State, Dr. Stevenson had accumulated several related professional experiences, including: Assistant Director of the Emporia Recreation Commission, 6 years as an Instructor and Coordinator of the Recreation Curriculum at Emporia State University, and 6 summers as the owner operator of the marina at Steamboat Lake, Colorado. He also spent a season as a professional big-game hunting guide in Colorado and commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska.
At KSU he teaches 5 core RRES courses and supervises the student fieldwork experiences. When asked about his focus for students, he adds, “My approach has been to prepare students as skilled decision makers, capable of utilizing all available resources and then implementing the best choice under the circumstances. I stay highly involved with practicing professionals and strive to bring state of the art practices to the classroom.”
His research and service contributions are focused on comprehensive planning. His current project, the KS RecFinder, is an interactive database of recreation and park amenities, including trails. The general public can use the service free of charge to find parks and recreation experiences statewide. Dr. Stevenson adds, “It grew out of a need highlighted in the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), and serves well as a planning tool – allowing agencies to benchmark their levels of service…..the public interactive use has become an important spin-off benefit.
Dr. Stevenson offers some suggestions that work for him, for others to better enjoy their outdoor recreation experiences. He notes, “I continue to be an active and varied recreation participant but have tended over time to enjoy the simple experiences the most. I prefer tent camping away from the crowd and fishing small ponds using a belly boat (float tube) over lakes. I tie/build my own flies and lures and reload my own shells. To me these simpler methods highlight the sensory benefits from an outdoor experience. Right now I am restoring a 12’ wood and canvas boat from the 40’s and look forward to putting it on the water this fall.”
B.S. Recreation Administration, Emporia State University, 1975
M.S. Recreation Administration, University of Northern Colorado, 1977
Ph.D. Recreation Resources, Colorado State University, 1987
|Course #||Title||Semester||Delivery Method|
|RRES 310||Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Group Dynamics||Fall||On Campus|
|RRES 210||Life and Leisure||Fall||On Campus|
|RRES 350||Parks and Recreation Practicum||Fall|
|RRES 489||Recreation Programming||Spring||On Campus|
|RRES 492||Internship in Parks and Recreation||Fall|
|RRES 580||Park Operations and Facilities Management||Fall||On Campus|
|RRES 690||Parks and Recreation Administration||Spring||On Campus|