President’s Award for the Article of Distinction 2018-01-22T11:02:11+00:00
NIRSA Assembly

President’s Award for the Article of Distinction

NIRSA’s premier publication, through the generous support of donors to the NIRSA Foundation, recognizes authors for their important scholarly contributions in the field of collegiate recreation.

Much of the content of Recreational Sports Journal (RSJ) comes directly from NIRSA professionals conducting research in the field of collegiate recreation. Each year, the RSJ editorial board recognizes authors with The President’s Award for the Article of Distinction for writing exceptional articles published in one of the two issues of the RSJ . Recipients are acknowledged with a handsome plaque during the NIRSA Annual Conference, and given a $500 honorarium.

Award Process

Eligibility

To be eligible, individuals must have published an original article in the previous year’s Recreational Sports Journal.

Selection Criteria

The following selection criteria is used by the selection committee which is comprised of RSJ Editorial Board members:

  • The article should appeal to a wide range of the NIRSA membership.
  • The article should be substantiated by existing or new research, rather than just the author’s opinion or experience.
  • The article should contribute to the base of knowledge in the field of collegiate recreation.
  • The readership should find the information presented to be intellectually stimulating and/or challenging to the existing methods of thought and application.
  • The article should motivate the readership to implement the new information and/or encourage additional research on the subject material.

Recipients

2018

I use the Student Recreation Center, but I would use it more if…: Understanding male and female constraints to Student Recreation Center Use. (2017) Vol. 41, No. 1

Christopher L. Stankowski, M.S. The University of Texas at Arlington
Nate E. Trauntvein, Ph.D.University of New Hampshire
Stacey L. Hall, Ph.D.University of New Hampshire

2017

Title IX and campus recreation: Guidelines to increase gender equity in club and intramural sport programs. (2016) Vol. 40, No. 2

Jacqueline McDowell, Ph.D.George Mason University
Erin Morris, Ph.D.SUNY Cortland
Robyn Deterding University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Terrence ElmoreUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Edward MorfordUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2016

Benefits of collegiate recreational sports participation: Results from the 2013 NASPA Assessment and Knowledge Consortium study. (2015) Vol. 39, No.1

Scott Forrester, Ph.D.Brock University

2015

Academic success and retention: The role of recreational sports fitness facilities. (2014) Vol. 37, No. 2

Samantha J. Deere, Ph.D. Saginaw Valley State University
James Pivarnik, Ph.D.Michigan State University
Richard N. McNeil, Ph.D. Michigan State University
Ira J. Washington, Ph.D.Michigan State University

2014

Collegiate recreation participation and retention. (2013) Vol. 37, No. 2

Stephen Kampf, Ph.D. Bowling Green State University
Eric J. TeskeIndiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

2013

An examination of variables related to student employment in campus recreation programs. (2012) Vol. 36, No. 2

James E. Johnson, Ed.D.Ball State University
Ashlee N. KaiserBall State University
Robert J. Bell, Ph.D.

2012

The contribution of campus recreational sports participation to perceived sense of campus community. (2011) Vol. 35, No. 1

Daniel J. Elkins, Ph.D.Illinois State University
Scott A. Forrester, Ph.D. Brock University
Amelia V. Noël-Elkins, Ph.D.Illinois State University

2011

Service quality and satisfaction within campus recreation: The moderating role of identification. (2010) Vol. 34, No. 1

David Shonk, Ph.D.James Madison University
David Shonk, Ph.D.James Madison University
Peter DeMichele, Ph.D.James Madison University

2010

Comparison of health and academic indices between campus recreation facility users and nonusers. (2009) Vol. 33, No. 1

M. Kent Todd, Ph.D.James Madison University
Julie Wallace Carr, Ed.D.James Madison University
Greg CzyszczonJames Madison University
Casey PrattJames Madison University

2009

The college recreational sports learning environment. (2008) Vol. 32, No. 1

Danell Haines, Ph.D. The Ohio State University
Tyler Fortman The Ohio State University

2008

Campus recreational sports internships: A comparison of student and employer perspectives. (2007) Vol. 31, No. 1

Craig Ross, Ph.D. Indiana University
Brent Beggs, Ph.D.Illinois State University

2007

Student attitudes toward sports and fitness activities after graduation. (2006) Vol. 30, No. 2

Scott Forrester, Ph.D. Brock University
Christopher Arterberry DePaul University
Robert Barcelona, Ph.D.University of New Hampshire

2006

Overcoming barriers to participation in campus recreational sports. (2005) Vol. 29, No. 2

Brent Beggs, Ph.D.Illinois State University
Daniel J. Elkins, Ph.D.Illinois State University
Shawn Powers, M.S.Peoria Park District

2005

Differences in leadership development of club sports officials. (2004) Vol. 28, No. 1

Stacey Hall-Yannessa, M.S.Indiana University
Scott Forrester, Ph.D. Brock University

Changes in students’ recreation activities, satisfaction and perceived following the construction of a new recreation facility. (2004) Vol. 28, No. 2

James C. Turman, Ph.D.University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Darwin D. Hendel, Ph.D.University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

2004

Perceived constraints by college students to participation in campus recreational sports programs. (2003) Vol. 27, No. 2

Sarah J. Young, Ph.D.Indiana University
Craig M. Ross, Re.D.Indiana University
Robert J. Barcelona, Ph.D.University of New Hampshire

2003

Participation patterns in campus recreational sports: An examination of quality of student effort from 1983 to 1998. (2002) Vol. 26 No. 1

Robert J. Barcelona, Ph.D.University of New Hampshire
Craig M. Ross, Re.D.University of New Hampshire

Campus recreation participation, health, and quality of life. (2002) Vol. 26, No. 2

Gary D. Ellis, Ph.D.University of Utah
Mary Bohlig, M.A.University of Utah
David M. Compton, Ed.D.University of Utah
Briget Tyson, M.A.University of Utah

2002

Undergraduate student benefits from university recreation. (2001) Vol. 25, No. 1

Danell J. Haines, Ph.D.The Ohio State University
Craig M. Ross, Re.D.University of New Hampshire

Web technology in recreational sports. (2001) Vol. 25, No. 2

Craig M. Ross, Re.D.North Carolina State University
Scott Forrester, M.S.North Carolina State University

2001

Assessment of programs and services. (2000) Vol. 24, No. 1

Gary L. Miller, Ph.D.University of Illinois at Urbana
Mindy Miron BasiDrobny Program
Jesse A. Clements, M.S.University of Illinois at Urbana
Cheryl Davis Bullock, Ph.D.University of Illinois at Urbana

Recreational sports trends for the 21-century: Results of a Delphi study. (2000) Vol. 24, No. 2

Sarah J. Young, Ph.D. University of Nevada in Las Vegas
Craig M. Ross, Re.D. Indiana University

2000

Student learning and grow resulting from service as an intramural official. (1999) Vol. 23, No. 2

John H. Schuh, Ph.D.Iowa State University

Previous Recipients

The Recreational Sports Journal Award recognizes excellence in writing from contributing authors to the NIRSA Recreational Sports Journal.

2016

Benefits of collegiate recreational sports participation: Results from the 2013 NASPA Assessment and Knowledge Consortium study. (2015) Vol. 39, No.1

  • Scott Forrester, Ph.D. Brock University

2015

Academic success and retention: The role of recreational sports fitness facilities. (2014) Vol. 37, No. 2

  • Samantha J. Deere, Ph.D. Saginaw Valley State University
  • James Pivarnik, Ph.D. Michigan State University
  • Richard N. McNeil, Ph.D. Michigan State University
  • Ira J. Washington, Ph.D. Michigan State University

2014

October 2013, Vol. 37, No. 2: “Collegiate Recreation Participation and Retention ”

  • Stephen Kampf, PhD, Bowling Green State University
  • Eric J. Teske, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

2013

October 2012, Vol. 36, No. 2: “An Examination of Variables Related to Student Employment in Campus Recreation Programs”

  • James E. Johnson, Ed.D.
  • Ashlee N. Kaiser
  • Robert J. Bell, Ph.D.

2012

April 2011, Vol. 35, No. 1: “The Contribution of Campus Recreational Sports Participation to Perceived Sense of Campus Community”

  • Daniel J. Elkins, Ph.D., Illinois State University
  • Scott A. Forrester, Ph.D., Brock University
  • Amelia V. Noël-Elkins, Ph.D., Illinois State University

2011

April 2010, Vol. 34, No. 1: “Service Quality and Satisfaction Within Campus Recreation: The Moderating Role of Identification”

  • David Shonk, Ph.D, James Madison University
  • Julie Wallace Carr, Ed.D., James Madison University
  • Peter DeMichele, Ph.D., James Madison University

2010

April 2009, Vol. 33, No. 1: “Comparison of Health and Academic Indices Between Campus Recreation Facility Users and Nonusers”

  • M. Kent Todd, Ph.D., James Madison University
  • Greg Czyszczon, James Madison University
  • Julie Wallace Carr, Ed.D., James Madison University
  • Casey Pratt, James Madison University

2009

April 2008, Vol. 32, No. 1: “The College Recreational Sports Learning Environment”

  • Danell Haines, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • Tyler Fortman, The Ohio State University

2008

April 2007, Vol. 31, No. 1: “Campus Recreational Sports Internships: A Comparison of Student and Employer Perspectives”

  • Craig Ross, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Brent Beggs, Ph.D., Illinois State University

2007

November 2006, Vol. 30, No. 2: “Student Attitudes Toward Sports and Fitness Activities After Graduation”

  • Scott Forrester, Ph.D., Brock University
  • Christopher Arterberry, CRSS, DePaul University
  • Robert Barcelona, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire

2006

November 2005, Vol. 29, No. 2: “Overcoming Barriers to Participation in Campus Recreational Sports”

  • Brent A. Beggs
  • Daniel J. Elkins
  • Shawn Powers

2005

Spring/Summer 2004, Vol. 28, No. 1: “Differences in Leadership Development of Club Sports Officials”

  • Stacey Hall-Yannessa
  • Scott Forrester

Fall/Winter 2004, Vol. 28, No. 2: “Changes in Students’ Recreation Activities, Satisfaction and Perceived Following the Construction of a New Recreation Facility”

  • James C. Turman
  • Darwin D. Hendel

2004

Spring/Summer 2003, Vol. 27, No. 1: Kerr-Downs Report – no award

Fall/Winter 2003, Vol. 27, No. 2: “Perceived Constraints by College Students to Participation in Campus Recreational Sports Programs”

  • Sarah J. Young
  • Craig M. Ross
  • Robert J. Barcelona, Ph.D.

2003

Spring 2002, Vol. 26 No. 1: “Participation Patterns in Campus Recreational Sports: An Examination of Quality of Student Effort from 1983 to 1998”

  • Robert J. Barcelona Ph.D.
  • Craig M. Ross, Re.D.

Fall/Winter 2002, Vol. 26, No. 2: “Campus Recreation Participation, Health, and Quality of Life”

  • Dr. Gary D. Ellis
  • Dr. David M. Compton
  • Briget Tyson, M.A.
  • Mary Bohlig, M.A.

2002

Spring 2001, Vol. 25, No. 1: “Undergraduate Student Benefits from University Recreation”

  • Danell J. Haines, Ph.D.

Fall 2001, Vol. 25, No. 2: “Web Technology in Recreational Sports”

  • Craig M. Ross Re.D.
  • Scott Forrester, M.S.

2001

Spring 2000, Vol. 24, No. 1: “Assessment of Programs and Services”

  • Gary L. Miller, CRSS
  • Cheryl Davis Bullock
  • Jesse A. Clements, CRSS
  • Mindy Miron Basi

Fall 2000, Vol. 24, No. 2: “Recreational Sports Trends for the 21-Century: Results of a Delphi Study”

  • Sarah J. Young
  • Craig M. Ross, Re.D.

2000

Fall 1999, Vol. 23, No. 2: “Student Learning and Grow Resulting from Service as an Intramural Official”

  • John H. Schuh

For More Info

For more information, contact NIRSA Research Coordinator, Ruben Guzman