NIRSA Research & Assessment

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Per-to-Peer Research

NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation supports research conducted among its membership.

NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation supports research conducted among its membership. Endorsement and administrative support for surveys and other research projects involving the Association’s membership is guided by the NIRSA Research & Assessment Committee. Members may request access to NIRSA’s member database for research purposes via the following process:

  • Refer to the Research Request Requirements Policy, as well as the NIRSA Database Research Policy prior to crafting your formal request to access the member database.

  • Submit your formal request to the NIRSA research coordinator. The research coordinator will confirm the receipt of your request within 3 calendar days.

  • The research coordinator will forward your formal request documents to the NIRSA Research & Assessment Committee for review.

  • The committee will review the proposal, and submit their recommendations to the NIRSA research coordinator within 21 calendar days from the date of the submission.

  • The NIRSA research coordinator will submit the committee’s recommendations to the researcher within 30 calendar days of the formal submission.

Note: Researchers are required to provide an executive report, white paper, or slide presentation at the conclusion of their research that will be posted on NIRSA website.

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NIRSA sponsored Peer-to-Peer Research Projects


Dr. Deborah ShapiroGeorgia State University
Project: A Multi-Institutional Comparison of Barriers and Facilitators of Campus Adapted and Inclusive Intramural Sports Programming.


Mr. Jason IncorvatiUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
Project: Collegiate Recreation Professionals: The Relationship of Educational Pathways with Knowledge and Perceived Usefulness of Student Development Theory


Mr. Sean BassoUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville
Project: The Final Rule of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): An Exploratory Study into Compliance Strategies for Collegiate Recreation
Dr. Jill SturtsVirginia Wesleyan College
Project: Professional Development Utilizing the NIRSA Core Competencies
Mr. Ryan FetzerSan Francisco State University
Project: How Collegiate Recreation Programs Incorporate NIRSA’s Six Strategic Values Across the United States
Mr. Ken BaldwinNational Posture Institute
Project: Academic Degree Programs in Exercise Science


Mr. Mark HoyingUniversity of Dayton
Project: Intentional Design of Graduate Assistantships as Learning Experiences for Competency Development: A Content Analysis of Graduate Assistantship Postings in the Field of Collegiate Recreation
Dr. Brent BeggsIllinois State University
Project: Perceived competencies of Entry- Level NIRSA Campus Recreation Professionals


Dr. Jill SturtsVirginia Wesleyan College
Project: Perceived Importance and performance of NIRSA Core Competencies by Professionals in Collegiate Recreation Sports
Dr. Bob BrookoverClemson University
Project: Exploring Campus Wellness Partnerships: An Importance-Performance Study
Mr. Adrian ShepardMadison Area Technical College
Project: A Five-Year Comparison of High-Risk Behaviors in Collegiate Recreation: Overtraining and Eating Disorders
Recreational Sports Journal article


Ms. Michelle WongUniversity of California – Los Angeles
Project: Non-Traditional Aquatic Programming at U.S. Institutions of Higher Education
Dr. Lance KaltenbergAshland University
Project: Institutional Type and Campus Recreation Department Staff as a Mediating Factor for Diversity/Multicultural Training
Recreational Sports Journal article
Mrs. Erin PatchettColorado State University – Fort Collins
Project: Inclusive Recreation: The State of Campus Policies, Facilities, Trainings, and Programs for Transgender Participants
Recreational Sports Journal article


Dr. Nancy WhiteCalifornia State University – East Bay
Project: Profiles, Career Paths and Perceived Job Competencies of Female Recreation Directors in Higher Education
Mr. Aaron KrothUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Project: New Professionals, New Desires: What Millennials Want in Their Work
Recreational Sports Journal article
Dr. Brad StinnetWestern Kentucky University
Project: Sustainability and Recreational Sports Facilities: An Exploratory Study Regarding Levels of Institutional Adoption
Recreational Sports Journal article