Rasul A. Mowatt

Associate Professor and Chair, Recreation Park and Tourism Studies
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

(812) 855-3089
PH 133

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., 1995
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.S., 2002
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., 2006
  • R200: Foundations of Leisure and Public Health in a Modern Society
  • L225: The Historical Significance of Race
  • R310: Leadership in a Diverse Society
  • R410: Event Planning and Program Development
  • R510: Philosophy of Leisure and Recreation
  • R712: Inquiry Methodology in Leisure Behavior
  • AMST A100: What is America?
  • R794: Leisure Behavior
  • AMST- A 201: U.S. Social Movements
  • Community Program Manager, Champaign Park District, Champaign, IL
  • President, Champaign-Urbana Sunrise Club of Rotary International
  • Chair, Human Relations Commission of the City of Champaign
  • State Coordinator, Illinois, Voter Empowerment Program of the NAACP
  • Interim Program Director, American Friends Service Committee, Chicago, IL
Research Interests

Main research areas of interest: leisure behavior, social justice, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy.

Sub-research areas: racial identity, social inequity (diversity education), leadership (transformational leadership theory) & management best practices (team management & team-based learning), violence and deviancy, governmentality and policy analysis, participatory research, critical historical analysis, media and narrative analysis, use of visual materials and visual methodology, community development (service-learning), and active learning.

Awards & Recognitions
  • 2017. The Academy of Leisure Sciences. President's Award
  • 2016. The Beth Wood Distinguished Service-Learning Faculty Award, Indiana University
  • 2015. Division of Student Affairs Gordon Faculty Award. Indiana University
  • 2015. Nuvo's Annual Best of Best. Nomination for Best Bloomington Professor/Instructor.
  • 2014. Academy of Leisure Sciences (ALS) Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • 2013-2014; 2014-2015; 2014-15. The Beth Wood Distinguished Service-Learning Faculty Award. Indiana University
  • 2015. Trustees Teaching Award, School of Public Health Annual Teaching Excellence Award. Indiana.
  • 2014. Mack Fellow. Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET). Indiana University.
  • 2013. Academy of Leisure Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • 2013. Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) Award. Indiana University.
  • 2013. Commission of Multicultural Understanding Faculty Member Award. Indiana University.
  • 2012. Trustees Teaching Award, School of Public Health-Bloomington Annual Teaching Excellence Award. Indiana University.
  • 2012. The Beth Wood Distinguished Service-Learning Faculty Award. Indiana University.
  • 2010. Trustees Teaching Award, School of Health Physical Education & Recreation Annual Teaching Excellence Award. Indiana University
  • 2009. Trustees Teaching Award, School of Health Physical Education & Recreation Annual Teaching Excellence Award. Indiana University.
  • 2009. Student Choice Award, Indiana University Student Foundation Award, Indiana University.
  • 2009. Faculty Fellowship, Office of Service Learning Faculty Fellows Program. Indiana University.
  • 2008. Trustees Teaching Award, School of Health Physical Education & Recreation Annual Teaching Excellence Award. Indiana Univeristy.
Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Mowatt, R. A. (2018). Chapter 13: The Peculiar Heritage of Lynching in America: Confrontation, Reconciliation and Memorial. In Silverman, H. I. & Frihammer, M. (Eds.), Heritage of Death (pp. 178-192). London: Routledge

 Mowatt, R. A. (2017). Chapter 32: A Critical Expansion of Theories on Race and Ethnicity in Leisure Studies. In K. Spracklen, B. Lashua, E. Sharpe, & S. Swain (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory. London: Palgrave

Mowatt, R. A. (2015). Race and Social Justice: A Matter of Context and Reflection in Teaching Applied Diversity. In N. Schoneman, E. Metzger, & A. Libby (Eds.), The Course Reflection Project: Faculty Reflections on Teaching Service-Learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Mowatt, R. A., Ostermeyer, M. D., & Floyd, M. F. (2016). Taking Critical Stances on Diversity, and the Need for Cultural Competency. In Schneider, I., Kivel, B. D., & Allison, M. (Eds.), Diversity & the Recreation Profession: Organizational Perspectives. State College, PA: Venture Publishing.

Lewis, S. T., Mowatt, R. A., & Yuen, F. (2015). Chapter 9: Working through difference: Acknowledging power, privilege, and the roots of oppression. In E., Sharpe, H., Mair, & F. Yuen (Eds.), Community Development: Application for Leisure. State College, PA: Venture Publishing Inc.

Floyd, M.F., & Mowatt, R.A.  (2013).  Leisure and African Americans:  A historical overview.  In M. Stodolska, M. Floyd, K.J. Shinew, & G.J. Walker (Eds.), Race, ethnicity, and leisure (pp. 53-74).  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Mowatt, R. (2009). A history of leisure, a history of violence: Our violent society, a national and global historical perspective. In L. Jamieson & T. Orr (Eds.) Sport and violence: A critical examination of sport and violence in the world (pp. 27-47). New York: Elsevier.

Mowatt, R. (2007). The King of the damned: Reading lynching as leisure: The analysis of lynching photography for examples of violent forms of leisure. In McCarthy, C. Durham, A., Engel, L., Filmer, A.A., Giardina, M.D., Logue, J. and Malagreca, M. (Eds.), Globalizing culture studies: Ethnographic interventions in theory, method & policy (pp. 253-270).  New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing. This chapter was first published and accepted in Policy Futures in Education.

Selected Articles

Mowatt, R. A. (2017/2018). The Case of the 12-Year-Old Boy: Or, The Silence of & Relevance to Leisure Research. Leisure Sciences. doi: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01490400.2017.1296389

Mowatt, R. A. (2017). A People’s History of Leisure Studies: Early 1700s to the Late 1800s. Annals of Leisure Research, 20(4), 397-405. doi: 10.1080/11745398.2017.1357047

Mowatt, R. A., Johnson, C. W., Roberts, N. S., & Kivel, B. D. (2016). “Embarrassingly White”: Faculty racial disparities in American recreation, park & tourism programs. Schole: A Journal Of Leisure Studies & Recreation Education, 31(1), 37-55.

Duffy, L. N., Mowatt, R. A., Fuchs, M. & Salisbury, M. A. (2015). Making Diversity Tangible: Assessing the Role of Service-Learning in Teaching Diversity & Social Justice. International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 5(2), 54-75

Mowatt, R. A., & Travis, J. (2015). Event planning, public participation & failure: A 2016 Olympic bid case study. Revue Loisir et Societe - Leisure and Society, 38(2)

Duffy, L. N., Kline, C. S., Mowatt, R. A., & Chancellor, C. (2015). Women in tourism: Shifting gender ideology in the Dominican Republic. Annals of Tourism Research, 52, 72-8

Mowatt, R.A., French, B.H., & Malebranche, D.A.  (2013).  Black/female/body hypervisibility and invisibility:  A black feminist augmentation of feminist leisure reseach.  Journal of Leisure Reseach, 45(5), 644-660.

Anderson, A.R., & Mowatt, R.A.  (2013).  Heterosexism in campus recreational club sports:  An exploratory investigation into attitudes toward gay men and lesbians.  Recreational Sport Journal, 37(2), 106-122.

Duffy, L.N., Mowatt, R.A., Chancellor, H.C., & Cardenas, D.A. (2013). Machismo-Marianismo and the Involvement of Women in a Community-Based Tourism Project in Ecuador, South America. Tourism Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 17(6), 791-803. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/108354212X13531051127384

Mowatt, R.A. (2012). Lynching as leisure: Broadening notions of a field. American Behavioral Scientist, 56(10), 1361-1387.

Mowatt, R.A. (2012). Book review. Places of imagination: Media, tourism, culture by Stijn Reijnders. Leisure/Losir.

Sturts, J.R., & Mowatt, R.A. (2012). Understanding and overcoming "bottlenecks" in student learning. Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies & Recreation Education, 27(1), 39-45.

Mowatt, R.A. & Bennett, J. (2011). War narratives: War Stores, PTSD effects, and therapeutic fly-fishing. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 45(4), 286-308.

Mosely, M. & Mowatt, R.A. (2011). Reconceptualizing and repositioning festival vendors within tourism research. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 2(3), 1-28. Retreived from CLICK HERE or the URL is http://www.emeraldinsight.com.ezproxy.lib.indiana.edu/journals.htm?issn=1758-2954&volume=2&issue=3

Mowatt, R.A. & Chancellor, H.C. (2011). Visiting death & life: tourism, slavery & slave forts. Annals of Tourism Research, 38(4), 1-25.

Mowatt, R. A. (2010). Team-based learning: An approach to teaching leisure service management & leadership. Schole: A Journal Of Leisure Studies & Recreation Education, 25, 54-68.

Mowatt, R. A. (2010). To begin with the end: Backwards design in leisure studies. Schole: A Journal Of Leisure Studies & Recreation Education, 25, 141-145.

Mowatt, R.A. (2009). Notes from a native son: Expanding an understanding of Whiteness in leisure. Journal of Leisure Research, 41(4), 509-526.

Mowatt, R. (2008) The king of the damned: Reading lynching as leisure. Policy Futures in Education, 7(2), 185-199.

McCarthy, C., Durham, A., Elavsky, C.M., Filmer, A., Giardina, M., Harewood, S., Kim, S., Logue, J., Malagraca, M., & Mowatt, R. (2008). Contesting identities, contesting nations. Policy Futures in Education, 7(2), 138-144.

Shinew, K., Mowatt, R., & Glover, T. (2007) An African American community recreation center: Participants and volunteers perceptions of racism and racial identity. Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration, 25(2), 84-106.

Selected Reports

Mowatt, R.A., & Wolter, S.A. (2010, May). Research Report: Systematic Review of Literature Regarding Continuous Improvement and Strategic Planning. Developed on behalf of the Center for Park Management, National Parks Conservation Association, 46pp. Bloomington, IN: Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University.

Selected Presentations

Mowatt, R. A. (2017, May 24). The Case of Tamir Rice: Implications for Parks and Recreation. Research Sessions Book of Abstracts. Proceedings from the 15th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research. Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, Kitchner, CA: University of Waterloo.;

Stewart, W., Shinew, K., Stoldolska, M., Mowatt, R., & Fernandez, M. (2017, February 9). Research Methods for Urban Populations: Developing Relationships. The Inaugural Research Institute of the Academy of Leisure Sciences, Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University.;

Mowatt, R. A., Garcia, J., Northcutt, M. B., & Maher, J. (2016, September 9). Assaulted in the Stalls, Gendering Policy Calls, and Graffitied Walls: Responses to Campus Policies on Sexual Assault. Paper presentation at the Seventh International Conference on the Image. Liverpool, UK.;

Mowatt, R. A. & Brock, A. (2016, August 1). White Nationalism, Identity Tourism, and Cyberspace: A Cautionary Tale. Inaugural Critical Tourism Studies North American Conference, Huntsville, Ontario, CA.;

Collazo-Vargas, E., Dodge, B., Herbenick, D., Guerra-Reyes, L., Mowatt, R., Rodriguez-Diaz, C. E. & Otero-Cruz, I. (2015, October). Healthcare Utilization and Sexual Health Information Seeking Among a Sample of Puerto Rican Female IDU. Presented at the 143rd American Public Health Association Conference. Chicago, IL.;

Mowatt, R. A. (2015, September). Sites of Black Terror, Sites of White Amusement: The Peculiar Heritage of Lynching in America. 2nd Annual International Conference – Heritage of Death: Landscapes, Sentiment, and Practice. Stockholm University. Stockholm, Sweden.

Duffy, L.N. & Mowatt, R.A.  (2014, February).  Assessing the role of service-learning in teaching diversity and social justice.  Presentation at the Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute.  Pacific Grove, CA.

Mowatt, R.A.  (2014, February).  Information fluency and research:  Redesigning the course research paper.  Presentation at the Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute.  Pacific Grove, CA.

Franzidis, A., & Mowatt, R.A. (2013, June). Tourism development in less economically developed countries. Upcoming presentation at the International Critical Tourism Studies Conference V. Guildford, UK: University of Surrey.

Mowatt, R.A., & Fuchs, M. (2013, April). Making diversity tangible: Benefits of service-learning site, Pages to Prisoners, in the study of Race. Upcoming presentation at the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning Poster Symposium. Indiana University.

Onesti, N.S., Mowatt, R.A., Colon, C.L. & Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning (2012, September). Leveraging classroom technology in large courses: The results from a faculty learning community. Presentation at the 2012 Statewide IT Conference. Indiana University and Purdue University - Indianapolis.

Mowatt, R.A., Johnson, C.W., Roberts, N.S., & Kivel, D. (2012, May). Embarrassingly White: Changing the "color" of higher education in parks, recreation, and leisure studies. Proceedings from the 1st Annual Social Justice in Leisure Studies Conference. Salt Lake City, UT: The University of Utah.

Duffy, L., & Mowatt, R.A. (October, 2011). Service-Learning and Community-Based Research in Leisure and Tourism Planning: International and Domestic Mechanisms for Social Change. 2011 Annual Conference Proceedings (pp. 140-141). International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Chicago.

Mowatt, R.A., & Floyd, M.F. (2011, May). The white tapestry on the wall: Re-conceptualizing the foundations of leisure research from a colored perspective. Proceedings from the 13th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research (pp. 264-271). Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, Ontario, CA: Brock University.

Mowatt, R.A. (2010, November). School Violence: Impact on Education and Quality of Life. Florida International University, College of Education.

Mowatt, R.A. (2010, February). The big picture, a call to action: Examining the role of young minorities. Office of Multicultural Affairs. North Manchester, IN: Manchester College.

Mowatt, R.A. (2009, November). The Gap: Examining the Quality of Life Populations of Color in the Backdrop to a Phenomenon. Men of Color/Women of Color Conference & Leadership Institute. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University.

Mowatt, R.A. (2009, May). Lynching as leisure: Impact on identity and sense of place. Ontario, CA: Ontario Research Council on Leisure Symposium.

Mowatt, R., Lovett, M. K. & Travis, J. (2008, July). Tourism instigated gentrification. Presentation at ATLAS Annual Conference 2008, Eastbourne, UK.

Mowatt, R. (2008, April). The visual analysis of lynching photography: Imprints on community health and human behavior. Presentation at the Center for Study of Health Disparities, Texas A & M.

Shinew, K.J., Stodolska, M. & Mowatt, R. (2007, October). Increasing our understanding of African Americans' and Latinos' use of urban parks. Presentation. National Recreation and Park Association Conference. Leisure Research Symposium.

Mowatt, R. & Lovett, M. Leadership in the everyman: A critical look at the redevelopment after Katrina (February, 2007. Presentation. Official Black History Month Calendar of Events. Indiana University.