Iryna Sharaievska


  • PhD, Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, University of Illinois- Champaign Urbana
  • MS, Regional Geography and International Research, Kiev National Taras Shevchenko University, Kiev, Ukraine
  • B.A., Geography, International Research, Shevchenko University, Kyiv, Ukraine

Teaching Specialties

  • Evaluation in Recreation and Leisure Services
  • Inclusive Recreation
  • Travel & Tourism, Leisure in Society
  • Introduction to Recreation and Leisure.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Academy of Leisure Sciences
  • National Recreation and Parks Association
  • North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association
  • National Council on Family Relations

Research Interests

  • Use of new technologies in recreation and tourism management (e.g., the new media/social network sites, gaming, cell phones, navigational devices)
  • Technology-based leisure in contemporary families
  • Leisure behavior among individuals and families of diverse backgrounds

Selected Publications

  • Sharaievska, I., & Hodge, C.J. (2018). Technology-based leisure among nonresident fathers. International Journal of Sociology of Leisure.

  • Sharaievska, I., & Burk, B. (2018). Recreation in families with children with developmental disabilities: Caregivers’ use of online and offline support groups. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 52(1), 42-57.

  • Sharaievska, I. (2017). Updating the family operating system: ICT and family leisure. Leisure Sciences, special issue – 20 years of Family Leisure Research Revisited: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead, 39(5), 400-414.

  • Burk, B., & Sharaievska, I. (2017). Health and recreation perceptions of adults with developmental disabilities. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 51(3), 179-192.

  • Sharaievska, I., & Stodolska, M. (2017). Family satisfaction and social networking leisure. Leisure Studies, 36(2), 231-243.

Title: Assistant Professor

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6327

Office address
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