RCLS faculty and students are actively engaged in research projects that service the region, state, and nation. To learn more about these programs, contact the faculty members listed.

  • The perceived Impact of Involvement in Campus Recreation and Wellness on the Personal Leadership Development of ECU Students, 2011, Dr. Deb Jordan and Dr. Nelson Cooper
  • A Study of the Organizational Structure of Campus Recreation, Physical Education, and Carmichael Complex Facilities and Operations at NCSU, 2011, Dr. Deb Jordan and Dr. Nelson Cooper
  • Exploratory Research on the SAVE Tourism Market in Coastal and Maritime NC, 2012, Dr. Carol Kline
  • A Comparison of the Efficacy of Casual Video Games and Anti Depressant Medications in Reducing Symptoms of Depression, 2012, Dr. Carmen Russoniello
  • Development of a Personal Telemedicine for Device for Health Assessment and Health Improvement, 2012, Dr. Carmen Russoniello
  • The Efficacy of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback with Neurofeedback in Reducing Symptoms of PTSD, 2012, Dr. Carmen Russoniello
  • Innovative Approaches to Sustainable Tourism in NC's Roanoke River Region: Linking Communities, Tourism, and Conservation, 2011, Dr. Paige Schneider
  • Selena Butler Park Evaluation Project, 2012, Dr. Kindal Shores
  • Comprehensive Interventions for Community Change to Reduce Obesity, 2012, Dr. Kindal Shores and Dr. Clif Watts
  • A Pre-Post Analysis of Physical Activity on the Tar River Greenway, 2011, Dr. Kindal Shores
  • Comprehensive Interventions for Community Change, 2011, Dr. Kindal Shores
  • Marine Debris Study, 2011, Dr. Hans Vogelsong
  • Evaluation of Hyde County Schools 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, 2011, Dr. Clif Watts
  • The Evaluation of the Hyde County Drop-Out Prevention Program, 2011, Dr. Clif Watts


RCLS educates tomorrow's leaders in recreation, parks, tourism, and recreational therapy as well as provides scholarship and leadership to the region, state, and nation.


To be the model professional education and training program of the nation through scholarship, innovation, technical assistance, and outreach thereby helping learners to develop the necessary competencies, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking to lead the professions in the coming decades.


RCLS holds the following core values, which serve as the foundation for where we place our priorities in terms of teaching, scholarship, and service.