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Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport: Full-time Faculty & Staff

Dr. Raymond Poff, Ph.D.
Dr. Raymond Poff, Ph.D.
- Professor/Program Coordinator - Recreation, Park & Nonprofit Administration + Nonprofit Admin Graduate Certificate
About Me - At A Glance
  • First-generation college student.
  • Have lived in seven states + Canada. Have been in 40 states and seven countries.
  • Former ACA certified whitewater kayaking instructor.
  • Married with four children.
  • Enjoy fly fishing. Have led the WKU Fly Fishing Montana program since 2012.
  • Developed and led a WKU New Zealand study abroad program in 2016, 2018, and 2020.

Dr. Poff with a pike caught in Montana


PhD: Indiana University, Leisure Behavior

MS: Indiana University, Recreation

BS: Brigham Young University, Recreation Management and Youth Leadership

Teaching & Scholarship

Courses I Regularly Teach:

REC 200: Introduction to Recreation

REC 402: Fiscal Practices in Recreation

REC 420/G: Recreation and Tourism 

REC 480: Fly Fishing Montana: Travel-based Learning in Recreation and Tourism

REC 480: New Zealand: Recreation & Tourism in Middle-earth

REC 490: Recreation Internship

REC 493: Recreation Practicum

RSA 501: Research Methods in Recreation and Sport

RSA 570: Fiscal Administration in the Nonprofit Sector

RSA 585: Nonprofit Practicum

Selected Publications:

Hildreth, A., Poff, R., Knackmuhs, E., Schu, B., & Gardner, L. (2019). Fly fishing: One approach to assisting veterans. SHAPE Kentucky Journal, 57(1), 16-29.

Hagan, C., Poff, R., Schu, B., Stenger-Ramsey, T., Ramsing, R., & Gardner, L. (2019). Youth Introduction to fishing and participation in Kentucky high school bass fishing. SHAPE Kentucky Journal, 57(1), 30-36.

Camilla J. Hodge, Ramon B. Zabriskie, Jasmine A. Townsend, Dennis L. Eggett & Raymond Poff (2016): Family leisure functioning: A cross-national study. Leisure Sciences, 1-22.

Poff, R., Cleinmark, J., Stenger-Ramsey, T., Ramsing, R., & Gibson, F. (2013). Outdoor ethics and Appalachian Trail hikers: An investigation of Leave No Trace practices. Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal, 51(1), 55-64.

Poff, R., Stenger-Ramsey, T., Ramsing, R., & Spencer, S. (2013). Outdoor recreation journals: A topical analysis from 2009-2012. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 5(2), 151-154.

Gonzalez, T., Poff, R., Ramsing, R., Lyons, S., Zabriskie, R., & Murrell, L. (2013). Family leisure and physical activity: A study of seventh and eighth grade students. Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal, 50(2), pp. 32-45.

Hodge, C., Zabriskie, R., & Poff, R. (2012). International family leisure functioning: A comparative study. In, Abstracts from the 2012 Leisure Research Symposium. Ashburn, VA: National Recreation and Park Association.

Nunnally, M., Poff, R., Gibson, F., Bain, S., Maloney, R., Larson, B., Spencer, S., & Deere, R. (2012). Website design and development. Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal, 50(1), pp. 39-48.

Poff, R., Zabriskie, R., & Townsend, J. (2010). Modeling family leisure and related family constructs: A national study of U.S. parent and youth perspectives. Journal of Leisure Research, 42(3), pp. 365-391.

Poff, R. A., & Webb, D. J. (2007). Outdoor recreation program directory & data/resource guide (4th ed.). Bowling Green, KY.

Selected Grants/Scholarships:

Poff, R. (2017). WKU fly-fishing boat. Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, $2,563 (proposal submitted via WKU Foundation, (fully funded).

Poff, R. (2015). Fly Fishing in Montana – A Pilot Program for Dual Credit High School Students. Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, $3,800 (fully funded).

Poff, R. (2012). Youth Perceptions of Family Leisure Outcomes College of Health and Human Services Faculty Scholarship Award. $3,000 (Submitted – Not Awarded).

King, A., & Poff, R. (2012). Students serving people: Perceived benefits of direct community service. WKU Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE) grant. $5,000 (Awarded).

Poff, R. (2012). New Zealand Study Abroad. WKU Curriculum Development/International Program (CDIP). $3,000 (Submitted – Not funded).


Selected Professional Service

Managing Editor - Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership (2008-2017; 2021-present)

Managing Editor - Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership (2009-present)

Journal Advisory Board - Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership (2008-present)

AORE Research Symposium (2005-2010)

*Chair (2008-2009)

*Chair-elect (2007-2008)

*Paper reviewer AORE Research Symposium (2005-2007, 2010, 2012)

*Helped conceptualize and create AORE Research Symposium

Research and Publications Committee (2001-2013)

*'Charter' Committee member (2001)

*Assistant Chair, Research and Publications Committee (2005-2007)

*Chair, Research and Publications Committee (2003-2005, 2001-2002)

*Provided leadership in efforts to investigate and facilitate establishing a new scholarly, peer-reviewed journal Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership to address needs in the area of outdoor recreation and education. This included serving on the AORE - WEA Journal Steering committee. Overall process from initial to formal announcement of journal (2001-2008)

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