Cynthia Stanley

Associate Professor


Department: Human Performance and Sport Sciences
Office Location: Anderson Center, 023
Phone: 336-750-2588
Fax: -
Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Stanley is an Associate Professor and past Coordinator for the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) program and has taught and developed courses in the program since 1987. She has been active in program, departmental, and university service including committee contributions such as faculty evaluation and governance. She recently joined the Internationalization of the Curriculum committee and serves as the TR Internship Coordinator. Dr. Stanley is a Licensed Recreational Therapist and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

Professional interests include curriculum design, teaching strategies, leisure education, and professionalism. Growing up in a military family lead to ongoing interests in travel and learning about other cultures. Her daughter is currently in high school and plays the cello in the school orchestra.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Recreation Administration; Texas Woman's University; 1993
  • M.A. in Therapeutic Recreation; Texas Woman's University, 1982
  • B.S. in Recreation Administration; Southwest Texas State University, 1977

  • Selected Publications:

    "Student Voices in Curricular Design: A Case Study", Schole, 2001, vol. 16

    "TR Research in North Carolina", North Carolina Review, 1996

    Co-authored proposal to the U.S. Department of Education, "Long-Term Training Grant: Undergraduate Education, 2002 (funded for $375,00)

    Collaborated on proposal to the U.S. Department of Education, Capacity Building for Traditionally Underserved Populations, 2002 (funded for $466, 768)

    Co-authored proposal to the U.S. Department of Education, "Long-Term Training Grant: Undergraduate Rehabilitation Education 2001

    Additional Information:

    Since Dr. Stanley has been with the TR Program for many years and has been involved in developing the TR program, she has taught most of the courses in the TR degree program. Most recently, she has taught the following courses:

    TRC 0122: Internship in TR

    TRC 4303: Advanced TR

    TRC 4301: Professional Preparation II

    TRC 3200: Professional Preparation I

    TRC 3340: Assessment and Documentation in TR

    TRC 3310: Leisure Education

    University of North Carolina Board of Governors' Doctoral Study Grant Award, 1992

    "Excellent Service, City of Denton, Texas Parks and Recreation Department, 1987

    "Cochlear Implants: A to Z" , North Carolina Recreation Therapy Association Student and Professionals Issues Forum, 2012

    "The Development of Professionalism for TR Majors", poster presentation at the Therapeutic Recreation Educators' Conference II (TREC II), 2009

    "The Art and Science of Supervising Internships", Therapeutic Recreation Division of North Carolina Recreation and Park Society conference, 2002

    "Writing Behavioral Objectives", National Recreation and Park Association , 1989

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