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Robert E Stiefvater

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Professor/RAP Program Coordinator
(919) 530-7429
(919) 530-6156
C204 LeRoy T. Walker Physical Education Complex


Recreation Administration Program Coordinator


As the eldest son of an Air Force family, I was born at Hill A.F.B. in Utah. I didn't stay there long, less than a year, before moving to France. My twin brothers were born there. We lived in France for about four years before returning to the states. We lived in North Dakota and a for a short time in Texas before moving to California. We lived in the Monterrey Bay area and Vandenberg A.F.B. before my father moved us back to the farm in South Dakota, the same farm he joined the Air Force to leave. I spent my H.S. years on the farm in SD before joining the Air Force myself (my two brothers also used this formula to get off that farm).

I was stationed at the United States Air Force Academy for four years, working in a variety of recreation settings before being transferred to Lowery A.F.B. in Denver for one last year. I got out of the Air Force and finished my undergraduate degrees in Denver before moving to Indiana to start my graduate studies. I completed my Masters and was ABD when I took a teaching job at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI.

In 1995 I took an Assistant Professor job at NCCU and have been here ever since.

I enjoy traveling, skiing, hiking, biking, racquetball, music and film. I love spending time with my dogs and my best friend/spouse either gardening or working in my shop.


PhD Indiana University, Bloomington 1996
MS Indiana University, Bloomington 1993
BS Metropolitan State College of Denver 1989
BS Metropolitan State College of Denver 1989


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Selected Publications

1. Stiefvater, R. E. (2014). Recreational Physical Fitness. ), Lifetime Physical Fitness; Assessments, Concepts, Prescriptions (6th ed.)..
2. Stiefvater, R. E., & Dorwart, C. (2013, December/January). Recreation Administration at North Carolina Central University: Educating through “Truth and Service.” . North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association News, 67, 6-7.
3. Stiefvater, R. E. (2005). A review of “Recreation programming: Designing leisure experiences (4th ed.).”. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 23.
4. Stiefvater, R. E., & Harper, S. , & Williams, V. , & Edwards, T. (2004). Quantity and Frequency of Drinking in African American College Athletes and College Non-Athletes. . Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
5. Stiefvater, R. E. (2004). Drinking Games. Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America, 296-300.
6. Stiefvater, R. E., & Harper, S. , & Williams, V. (2003). The Recreational Activities Profile and College Student Drinking. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
7. Stiefvater, R. E., & Williams, V. , & Patterson, J. (2002). HBCU Student Drinking and Drinking Games. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
8. Stiefvater, R. E. (2000). A review of “Programming for Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services: a Servant Leadership Approach” and “Steps to Successful Programming: a Student Handbook” . Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 15.
9. Stiefvater, R. E., & Surren, A. (2000). The role of deviant recreation in the curriculum of recreation students: A confessional tale. . The Journal of Recreation and Leisure , 17.
10. Stiefvater, R. E., & Surren, A. (1997). Administrative strategies to combat the effects of socially deviant behavior on public parks and recreation agencies. . Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration, 15.
11. Stiefvater, R. E. (1996). The Social Construction of Leisure for Illegal Recreational Drug Users. Dissertation Abstracts International, 58-03A.
12. Stiefvater, R. E., & Surren, A. (1996). Topless Dancing: A case for recreational identity. Sex, Tourism and Prostitution: Aspects of Leisure, Recreation, and Work, 107-115.
13. Stiefvater, R. E., & Surren, A. (1995, August/September). On the path to solving At-Risk behavior among youth. Park and Recreation.
14. Stiefvater, R. E. (1994). Stress levels of NIRSA professionals. NIRSA Journal, 19.
15. Stiefvater, R. E., & May, M. (1993). Purple recreation: An analysis of homosexual recreation. Illumanaire, 1.
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