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Cynthia Stanley

Position: Associate Professor Department: Human Service Studies

Contact Info

Office: Anderson Center, 023 Phone: 336-750-2588


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 led 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

  • PhD in Recreation Administration, 1983, Texas Woman's University
  • MA in Therapeutic Recreation, 1982, Texas Woman's University
  • BS in Recreation Administration, 1977, Southwest Texas State University

"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