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Recreation and Sport Administration Staff - Bruce Larson

Dr. Bruce Larson, Ed.D.

Dr. Bruce Larson, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Office:  Smith Stadium East 1018
Phone:  (270) 745-2211


RSA 519         Fiscal Practices in Recreation/Sport

RSA 517         Legal Issues in Recreation/Sport


Research Areas of Interest:     Economic Impact of Sporting Events, Imagery Use & Pistol/Rifle

Selected Publications:

Larson, B.A., Ramsing, R., & Stenger-Ramsey, T. (2010). Whitewater courses, economic Impact, and public perceptions in Bowling Green, KY. Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance 47 (1)

Upright, P., Smith, D., Larson, B., Gibson, F., & Teague, T. (2011). NASCAR and the examination of the impact of fan spending on a rural community: A predictive study. International Journal of Motor Sport Management.

Larson, B.A., Ramsing, R., & Stenger-Ramsey, T. (2010). Economic impact of shooting sports in the United States. 2010 8th Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

Selected Presentations:

Larson, B., Upright, P., Smith, D., Gibson, F. & Teague, T. (2011). Methodologies used to assess the economic impact of NASCAR events., 19th Conference of the European Association for Sport Management, Madrid, Spain.

Larson, B, Smith, D, Upright, P, Gibson, F & Hey WT (2011). Competitive shooting: A correlational analysis  between flow and imagery, 9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

Larson, B, Upright, P, Smith, D, Gibson, F & Hey WT (2011). The economic impact of American collegiate football: A case study, 9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.



Ed.D.  Kinesiology & Health Promotion: Course Concentration: Sport Management, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. August 1998.

Dissertation, An Examination of the Effects of Participation in an Adventure Camp Program on the Self-Concept of Adolescents with Behavioral Problems.

M. S.   Master of Science: Recreation and Park Administration. Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky. July 1993.

B. S.    Bachelor of Science: Recreational Studies; Recreation Management emphasis. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. June 1987.

Professional Background:

1979 -  1983 -- USMC                                                                             

1988 – 1992 -- YMCA                                                                             

1993 – 1996 -- Eastern Kentucky University: Instructor                               

1996 – 1998 -- Hampton University: Assistant Professor                             

1998 – 2005 -- Carson-Newman College: Associate Professor                     

2005 - Present -- Western Kentucky University: Associate Professor                

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