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About Kathleen G. Scholl

Dr. Kathy Scholl is a faculty member of the Leisure, Youth and Human Service Division within the School of HPELS at UNI. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Outdoor Recreation Management, Outdoor Education, Research and Evaluation, Philosophical Foundations, and Social Psychology of Leisure. Dr. Scholl integrates practical experiences for her students to apply current best practices to outdoor recreation planning and programming. For example, outdoor recreation students are involved in the design and development of interpretative trail for the UNI campus. In addition to Dr. Scholl's interest in outdoor recreation planning and programming, she is also a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). She is committed to the provision of recreation opportunities for all individuals. Dr. Scholl provides her expertise in inclusive recreation services to community agencies in order that they may increase their capacity to provide recreation services to individuals with disabilities. Her research interests include: inclusive recreation, accessibility, parent advocacy and support for families with disabilities, outdoor leadership and communication effectiveness, sustainability, outdoor recreation and community development. Dr. Scholl is currently sits on three community agency boards: Iowa Conservation Education Coalition, Inclusion Connection, and Cedar Valley Resource.


Present Associate Professor; Health, Recreation, and Community Services, University of Northern Iowa Department of Health, Recreation, and Community Services


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Honors and Awards

  • Professional Development Leave. University of Northern Iowa, Spring 2016
  • Nominee: Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award, December 2014
  • Milestone Award. UNI Graduate College, April 2014
  • UNI’s Panther First Award for Service Excellence, February 2010
  • Veridian Credit Union Community Engagement Award, April 2007
  • Manchester Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women, 2006-2007
  • UNI’s Panther First Award for Service Excellence, March 2005
  • Community Service Award. Black Hawk County Conservation Board, 2004, 2005
  • Jason Schleien Memorial Award Fund (Inclusive Recreation), University of Minnesota, 1999
  • National Wilderness Conference Scholarship, 1994
  • Activity Fee Council Funding. Associated Students. CSU, Chico, 1994
  • Grant Funding- Participation at the W.E.A National Conference, 1992
  • Kitty Drury Scholarship, W.E.A., 1990
  • Grant Funding-Participation in the W.E.A. Leadership Program, 1990
  • Association for Experience Education (A.E.E.) Conference Scholarship. 1989
  • Matthew Granucci Award (Athletic Training Scholarship). CSU, Chico. 1986


  • Introduction to Leisure, Youth and Human Services
  • Leadership in Leisure Services
  • Philosophical Foundations of Leisure
  • Principles of Outdoor Recreation
  • Theory of Experiential Education
  • Trends and Issues in Outdoor Recreation
  • Managing Recreation Impacts on the Natural Environment
  • Experiences in Outdoor Programming: Project WET/AWARE
  • Research and Evaluation in Leisure, Youth and Human Services
  • Internship Supervision and Senior Project
  • Leadership in Outdoor Recreation
  • Orientation to Leisure and Recreation
  • Community Leisure Services and Persons with Disabilities
  • Wilderness Outdoor Recreation Programming
  • Programming in Outdoor Education
  • Therapeutic Recreation and Diagnostic Groups
  • Research Methods in Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services
  • Social Psychology of Leisure
  • Graduate Research Teams

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
University of Northern Iowa
Wellness & Recreation Center 213
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0241

Office: WRC 213
Phone: (319) 273-6316
Fax: (319) 273-5958


Books (2)

Articles (10)

Contributions to Books (3)

Other (1)