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Angela Wozencroft, PhD

Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
HPER 342




RSM 226 Therapeutic Recreation Programming I
RSM 310 Recreation Programming
RSM 320 Therapeutic Recreation and Special Populations
RSM 326 Therapeutic Recreation Programming II
RSM 405 Therapeutic Recreation in Public Schools I
RSM 406 Therapeutic Recreation in Public Schools II
RSM 424 Recreation & Aging
RSM 426 Therapeutic Recreation Programming III
RSM 511 Perspectives and Trends in Leisure Studies and Services
RSM 515 Theoretical & Foundational Principles of Recreation
RSM 520 Program Design in Therapeutic Recreation
RSM 522 Clinical Assessments in Therapeutic Recreation
RSM 525 Advanced Therapeutic Recreation Programming

Angela Wozencroft’s research examines issues impacting individuals working in Therapeutic Recreation and related areas such as the name of our professional organization, professional title preferences (Therapeutic Recreation vs. Recreation(al) Therapy), spiritual wellbeing of Therapeutic Recreation professionals, and career mobility of women in recreation. Wozencroft is also currently investigating the benefits and outcomes of the two service-learning programs offered in the Therapeutic Recreation concentration here at UTK: Camp Koinonia and Project TRiPS (Therapeutic Recreation in Public Schools). Additionally, her research interests focus on marginalized groups of individuals such as minority and at-risk youth and the elderly. More specifically, Wozencroft concentrates on at-risk youth and minority groups in the team building and group initiative activities (e.g., ropes courses) and in the college setting.


PhD Clemson University Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
MS University of Tennessee Recreation and Leisure Studies
Professional Diploma Georgian College Therapeutic Recreation
Professional Diploma University of Waterloo Gerontology
BA University of Western Ontario Sociology

Wozencroft is the program director for Camp Koinonia, Camp Oginali, Koinonia Retreat, and Vision Camp. She serves as a board member on the Camp Koinonia Foundation board and is a member of the Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium’s board. Additionally, Wozencroft serves on the American Therapeutic Recreation Association’s Research Committee. She also serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Recreation Therapy and the Therapeutic Recreation Journal.

Wozencroft, A.
, Kennedy, E.*, & Pihera, A.* (2009). What’s in a name? Exploring the preferred terminology of professionals in the field of recreation therapy.  American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 8(2), 7-16.

Waller, S. N., Wozencroft, A. J., & Hayes, G. A. (2010). Understanding the value of university-public school partnerships in providing recreation services to students with disabilities. University and Community Schools, 8(1-2), 77-86.

Waller, S., & Wozencroft, A. (2010). Project TRiPS: A school-based learning opportunity for therapeutic recreation students. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 44(3), 223-233.

Waller, S. N., Costen, W. M., & Wozencroft, A. J. (2011). If we admit them, will they stay? Understanding the role of social connectedness in the retention of African American students in a recreation and leisure studies program. Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 23(1), 30-48.

Wozencroft, A. J. (2011).  How facilitation styles and youth’s level of autonomy impact perceived competence. American Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 19, 124-138.

Wozencroft, A. J., & Griffiths, H. K.* (2012). A page in ATRA’s history: The longstanding debate over its name. American Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 20, 5-16.

Wozencroft, A. J., Waller, S. N., Hayes, G. A., & Brown, L. Y. (2012). Spirituality and the therapeutic recreation practitioner: Exploring the implications for practice and research. Journal of The Christian Society of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, 2(1), 41-53.

Costen, W. M, Waller, S. N, & Wozencroft, A. J. (2013). Mitigating race: Understanding the role of social connectedness and sense of belonging in African-American student retention in hospitality programs. Journal of the Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, 12(1), 15-24.

Wozencroft, A. J., Pate, J. R.*, & Griffiths, H. K.* (2014) Experiential learning and its impact on students’ attitudes toward youth with disabilities. Journal of Experiential Education.  doi:10.1177/1053825914524363.

Wozencroft, A. J., Pfeiffer, J. L.*, & Milner, C. E. (2014). Understanding knee Biomechanics during physical activity and the implications for individuals with knee osteoarthritis and total knee replacements. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 12(4), 39-43.

Waller, N., Wozencroft, A. J., Hayes, G. A., & Brown, L. Y. (2014). Exploring the spiritual health of recreation professionals: A closer look. Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism, & Recreation Research, 5(2), 10-16.

Waller, S. N., Wozencroft, A. J., & Trendafilova, S. (2014). A study of women administrators in campus recreation in the USA. Managing Leisure, doi: 10.1080/13606719.2014.929789

Wozencroft, A. J., & Hardin, R. (2014). Students’ job satisfaction in a therapeutic Recreation service learning project. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism, 15, 103-115.

Waller, S. N., Wozencroft, A. J., & Scott, J. L. (2016). Compassion fatigue among disability camp staff: An exploratory study. Annals of Leisure Research, 20(2), 206-221, DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2016.1162724

Thompson, A, R.* Wozencroft, A. J., & Parsons, M.D.* (2017). The impact of therapeutic recreation camps on adults with disabilities. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 16(2), 21-28,  DOI: 10.5055/ajrt.2017.0130

Wozencroft, A. J., Waller, S. N., Kiernozek, K.* (2017). Perceived leisure constraints of parents and caregivers of children with disabilities. Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism & Recreation Research, 7(1), 2-10.

Shultz, H. L.*, Wozencroft, A. J., & Cihak, D. F. (2017).  Examining the use of recreation therapy in schools and the implications on students’ social interaction behaviors. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 51(4), 239-257.