Rodney B. Dieser, Ph.D., currently is an Associate Professor in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services (HPELS) (College of Education) at the University of Northern Iowa. Rod currently serves as the program coordinator for the Master's Degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development and teaches the doctoral level qualitative research class within the College of Education.
Rod holds a Bachelor's and Master's of Science degree from the University of Utah in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, with a graduate level minor in educational psychology (adolescent-based counseling). He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Physical Education and Recreation from the University of Alberta (Canada). His research and teaching interests include: (1) cross-cultural therapeutic recreation and leisure practice, (2) therapeutic recreation as an adjunctive therapy for people with mental illness and people with disabilities, (3) historical and philosophical foundations of leisure, youth, and non-profit human services, including Hull-House from 1889-1953, (4) representations of health in popular culture, and (5) hegemonic masculinity and youth development in leisure, sport, and physical activities.
Rod has co-authored two academic textbooks in Leisure Studies (both over 500 pages), has written over 60 academic articles, and has made countless national and international research and professional presentations in both Canada and the United States. Although the bulks of Rod's academic writings are in the areas of leisure studies and therapeutic recreation (e.g., American Journal of Recreation Therapy , Annuals of Therapeutic Recreation , Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Science, Leisure Studies, Leisure/Loisir, Therapeutic Recreation Journal ) his research has appeared in other academic fields, including: Counseling Psychology ( Transactional Analysis Journal ), Education ( Alberta Journal of Education Research, Journal of College Student Development ), Human Services (e.g., Human Service Educator, Journal of Progressive Human Services ), and Physical Education (Journal of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance ).
Rod has served as an associated editor for the Therapeutic Recreation Journal and as an editor for the academic newsletter the SPRE Professor and was awarded a Presidential Citation by the Society of Parks and Recreation Educators for his work as the SPRE Professor editor. In 2006 he received the Outstanding Professional Research Award by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society in the United States. He has also received outstanding research and writing awards by the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association and the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association respectfully. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, over the years Rod volunteers as a consultant for the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association. Rod has year of experience working in the non-profit area of health, recreation, and social services and for the past five years has has
worked in administration in the area of nonprofit religious services.
000: 196 - Critical Thinking in a Democratic Society
430: 030 - Diversity in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services
430: 110 - Programming in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services
430: 121 - Philosophical Foundations of Leisure, Youth, and Human Services
430: 123 - Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
430: 169 - Research and Evaluation in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services
430: 201 - Social Policy and Issues in Leisure, Youth, and Human Service
430: 220 - Evaluation, Research, and Accountability
430: 241 - Models of Intervention with Youth
430: 248 - Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development: An Overview
430: 249 - Trends and Issues in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development
430: 259 - History and Philosophy of Leisure, Youth, and Human Service
190: 305 - Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (Introductory Doctoral Seminar in the College of Education)
250: 310 - Advanced Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (Advanced Doctoral Seminar in the College of Education)
Grybovych, O., & Dieser, R (2010). Happiness and leisure: An ethnodrama, Act I.
Leisure/Loisir, 34(1), 27-50.
Waldron, J. J., & Dieser, R. B. (2010). Perspectives of fitness and health in college men and
women. Journal of College Student Development, 51(1), 65-78
Dieser, R. B., & Scholl, K. (2010). Inclusive recreation history, and legislation, In
Human Kinetics (Ed.), Inclusive recreation: Programs and services for diverse populations (pp. 19-38). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
Dieser, R. B. (2008). History of therapeutic recreation: In T. Robertson & T. Long (Eds.), Foundations of therapeutic recreation (pp. 13-30). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Dieser, R. B. (2008). Tales From Grades 1 Through 12: Understanding the Complex Web of Multiple Life Forces Located in Schools. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 54 (3), 293-307.
Dieser, R. B. (2008). Review of the book Let them eat Prozac: The unhealthy relationship
between the pharmaceutical industry and depression . D. Healy, New York: New York University Press. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 19(2), 160-168.
Dieser, R. B. (2008). Review of the book Leisure theory: Principles and practice . C. Rojek,
New York: Palgrave Macmillian. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 26(3), 152-158.
Dieser, R. B. (2006). Qualitative research. In T. A. Bamgartner and L. D. Hensley (Eds.),
Conducting and reading research in Health and Human Performance (pp. 199-219). Boston, MA: McGraw Hill.
Dieser, R. B. (2006). Explaining the mosaic certification framework to an American audience.
Annual in Therapeutic Recreation 14, 42-58.
Dieser, R. B . (2005). A Genealogy of the United States Therapeutic Recreation Certification Framework. Leisure Studies 24 (1), 61-79.
Dieser, R. B. ( 2005). Jane Addams and Hull-House: Understanding the Role of Recreation
and Leisure in Bridging Cross-Cultural Differences in Human Service Work. Human Service Education , 25(1), 53-63.
Walker, G., Deng, J., & Dieser, R. B. (2005) . Culture, self-construal and intrinsic motivation. Journal of Leisure Research, 37 (1), 77-100.
Walker, G., Dieser, R. B ., & Deng, J. (2005). Whoa versus go: A rejoiner to Mannell and
Caldwell. Journal of Leisure Research, 37 (1), 117-128.
Dieser, R. B . (2003). Understanding cross-ethnic interactions when using therapeutic
recreation practice models in therapeutic recreation practice. Therapeutic Recreation Journal , 37 (2), 175-189.
Dieser, R. B. (2002). A multicultural critique of three newer therapeutic recreation service models: The Aristotelian Good Life Model, Optimizing Lifelong Health Through Therapeutic Recreation Model, and Self-Determination and Enjoyment Enhancement Model. A multicultural critique of three therapeutic recreation service models. Therapeutic Recreation Journal , 36(4) 352-368.
Dieser, R. B ., Fox, K., & Walker, G (2002). Recognizing the fundamental attribution error in leisure education research. Annual of Therapeutic Recreation , 11, 77-96.
Dieser, R. B . & Ruddell, E. (2002). The effects of attribution retraining during therapeutic recreation on attributions and explanatory styles of adolescents with depression. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 36 (1), 35-47.
Dieser, R.B . (2002). A personal narrative of a cross-cultural experience in therapeutic recreation: Unmasking the masked. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 36 (1), 84-96.
Walker, G. J., Deng, J., & Dieser, R. B . (2001). Ethnicity, acculturation, self-construal, and motivation for outdoor recreation. Leisure Science, 23 (4), 263-283.
Dieser, R. B. , & Peregoy, J. J. (1999). A multicultural critique of three therapeutic recreation service models. Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 8 , 56-69.
Dieser, R. B. , & Voight, A. (1998). Connecting therapeutic recreation services with relapse prevention intervention: Attribution retraining leisure education. Parks and Recreation, 33 (5), 79-83.
Peregoy, J. J. & Dieser, R. B . (1997). Multiculturalism in therapeutic recreation: Living in hamlets. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 31 (3), 173-188.