Research activities of faculty impact the curriculum, with faculty integrating the state-of-knowledge in research and industry and highlighting current events impacting the field into course lectures and discussion. Faculty research activities have impacted program quality in a number of ways. Some examples include the following:
Dr. Bamboo Chen received a University of Idaho Seed Grant to examine the stress-relief benefit of outdoor travel using physiological and psychological measures. The grant includes funds for him to begin data collection during the summer of 2015. Dr. Chen’s research is guided by the following questions: (1) how to help individuals get relief from job-related stress through tourism and recreation experiences, (2) how to improve the health and wellness of individuals through tourism and recreation experiences, and (3) how to boost tourism demand by communicating with the public about tourism benefits. Dr. Chen has worked with the U.S. Travel Association, Tourism Bureau of Texas, Tourism Bureau of Taiwan, and National Science Council of Taiwan on an array of research and outreach projects, resulting in nearly 10 peer-review journal articles.
Dr. Julie Son participated in three College of Education grants on the integration of Healthy Outdoor Activities with STEM learning that led to presentations at the National Recreation and Park Association Conference, the Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, and the American Indigenous Research Association Conference. The Families in Four Seasons Project with Coeur D’Alene Tribe continues into the 2015-2016 academic year. These projects have included hiking, biking, snowshoeing, canoeing, and more. In addition to outdoors-based STEM projects, Dr. Son has been involved on research projects related to geocaching in youth, healthy leisure for individuals with arthritis, college students’ recreation and health, and rural leisure and health. Dr. Son’s areas of research interest include promoting healthy active lifestyles through leisure and outdoor pursuits, understanding the pathways to physical activity across the lifespan, investigating the social-physical activity nexus, and examining diversity issues in recreation settings.
Dr. Sharon Stoll is Director of the Center for ETHICS*, which is dedicated to working with and conducting research with any population or agency that is focused on education about ethics. Agencies and organizations include professional sport, collegiate sport, high school sport, the military, business, and law, among others. Dr. Stoll was interviewed in April, 2015 by Tom Goldman of NPR News on the four game suspension of Patriot Quarterback Tom Brady and the $1M fine levied against the team by the NFL for a second offense of “cheating.” The context of the interview was about “why do we care so much” when athletes and teams cheat; and “how does moral development research inform us about cheating” especially when individuals are highly talented and don’t need to cheat to win. Dr. Stoll has presented and published extensively on moral reasoning and moral development, authoring eight books including, "Who Says It's Cheating?" and "Sport Ethics: Applications for Fair Play.” She has consulted for the US Navy, US Air Force, the American Bar Association, the President's Commission of the NCAA, the National Youth Sport Coaches' Association, and the National Federation of High School Activities Association.