Erik Rabinowitz


  • Doctorate of Educational Psychology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Masters of Science in Recreation, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Bachelors of Arts, Colorado State University

Teaching Specialties

  • Evaluation in Leisure Service
  • Research Methods in Leisure Service
  • Administration in Leisure Services
  • Recreation Management
  • Inclusive and Adaptive Recreation
  • Leisure Service Theory
  • Experiential Education in Recreation Management

Organization affiliations

  • Association of Outdoor Education and Recreation
  • National Recreation and Park AssociationAmerican Camp Association
  • North Carolina Parks and Recreation Association
  • The Academy of Leisure Sciences

Research Interests

  • Occupation safety and risk management in recreation management
  • Extreme sports
  • Human cognition
  • Recreation through the lifespan

Selected Publications

  • Rabinowitz, E. & Kernodle, M.L. (2016). Noise Decibel Levels During Division I College Basketball Games. Journal of Facility Planning, and Management. 4(1). 25-32.  link
  • Rabinowitz, E. & James, J.J. (January/February 2016) Putting Sustainability into Practice: Simple Strategies to implement at Camp. Camping Magazine. pp. 58-61. link
  • Rabinowitz, E. & Frauman, E. (2015). Sanitation Procedures and Policies among University Climbing Walls in the United States. Journal of Outdoor Education and Educational Leadership. 6(1). 68-72. link
  • Brauer, S.L., Vuono, D., Carmichael, M. J., Pepe-Ranney, C., Strom, A., Rabinowitz, E., Buckley, D.H., & Zinder, S.H. (2014). Microbial sequencing analyses suggest the presence of a fecal veneer on indoor climbing wall holds. Current Microbial, 69, 681- 689. doi: 10.1007/s00284-014-0643-3 link
  • Frauman, E. & Rabinowitz, E. (2010). A Preliminary Investigation of Environmental and Social Practices among Boulderers. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership. 3(1).12-25. link
  • McKethan, R., Rabinowitz, E, & Kernodle, M W. (2010). Multiple intelligences in virtual and traditional skill instructional learning environments. The Physical Educator, 67(3).            156-165. link
  • Rabinowitz, E., Frauman, E. & Williams, W. (2010). Constraints to Rafting at an Artificial Whitewater Park, Journal of Tourism Insights, 1 (1), 12-20. link
  • Rabinowitz, E. & Frauman, E. (2009). A Preliminary Investigation of Sensation-Seeking and Risk-Based Recreation among College Students: Implications for Intramural and Outdoor Programs. Recreational Sports Journal, 33, 2. link
  • Kernodle, M. W., McKethan, R. N. & Rabinowitz, E. (2008) Observational Learning of Fly Casting using Traditional and Virtual Modeling with and without Authority Figure. Perceptual & Motor, 107, p535-546. link

Book Chapters

  • Rabinowitz, E. & James, J. J. (2015). Towards a better understanding of Leisure   Motivations of Marine Corps Members. In Dustin et. Al (Eds.) This Land is Your       Land: Toward a better Understanding of nature's resiliency-building and restorative power for Armed Forces personnel, veterans, and their families. pp. 67-77. Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing.
  • Rabinowitz, E. & James, J. (2010). Leisure through a social science lens. Chapter 2 in Dimensions of leisure for life, Human Kinetics, Champaign IL.
  • Rabinowitz, E. & West, S. (2010). Leisure through the lifespan Chapter 15 in Dimensions of leisure for life, Human Kinetics, Champaign IL.
  • West, S. & Rabinowitz, E. (2009). Chapter 8: Inclusive Marketing. Marketing Inclusive Recreation Experiences. Human Kinetics. Champaign, IL.
Title: Professor
Department: RMPE

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Phone: (828) 262-2540

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