Wiggins, Brenda P.
PhD, University of Oregon
Academic Program Coordinator, Recreation Management
Academic Program Coordinator, Recreation Management: Parks and Outdoor Recreation
Professor-in-Charge, Recreation Management: Therapeutic Recreation
Academic Program Co-Coordinator, Sport and Recreation Studies
Phone: (703) 993-2068
Fax: (703) 993-2025
Email: bwiggins (@gmu.edu)
George Mason University
Science and Technology Campus
Bull Run Hall 228C
10890 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110
Dr. Wiggins is the Academic Program Coordinator, Internship Coordinator and Advisor for Recreation Management. She also co-coordinates the M.S. in Sport and Recreation Studies. With all three degrees in Recreation, Wiggins obtained her A.B. at San Diego State University in Recreation Administration with a minor in English; M.A. from The University of Maryland in Therapeutic Recreation with an emphasis in Gerontology; and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Tourism. Prior to her teaching and administrative roles at George Mason University, she taught recreation and physical education courses at Kansas State University as well as the University of Oregon.
Her writing and presentations have included application of the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) for Disability and Health; interpretative analysis of constraints and negotiations among people with disabilities; and staff retention in a summer camp for children and teens with disabilities. Dr. Wiggins has served for over a decade on the Therapeutic Recreation Advisory Board of Fairfax County and she is an avid Patriot Baseball fan.
- Inclusive recreation programming across the lifespan
- Leisure interests among people with developmental and physical disabilities
- Social psychology of leisure
- Wiggins, B.P. and Daniels, M. J. Hegemony and identify: The Routledge History of American Sport Hegemony and Identity: The Evolution of American Women’s Participation in Sport Tourism. In Borish, L.J., Wiggins, D.K. & Gems, G. R. The Routledge History of American Sport, Routledge, London, UK, 2016.
- Wiggins, D. K. & Wiggins, B.P., (under contract). Inclusion and racism in sport. In Baker, R. E. and Esherick, C. (eds.), The Art and Science of Coaching, Jones and Bartlett, Burlington, MA.
- Porter, H., Wiggins, B.P., & Haynes, N. Parkinson's disease. In H. Porter (ed.), The Recreational Therapy Handbook of Practice: Concepts and Techniques-ICF Based, Idyl Arbor Inc., Enumclaw, WA, 2013.
- Wiggins, B.P. Emma's gown. In Daniels, M. and Loveless, C. Wedding Planning and Management: Consultancy for Diverse Clients-Second edition, Routledge, London, UK, 2013.
- Wiggins, B.P. Recreational parks, golf, and ski venues. In White, K.K. (ed.). America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States, ABC-CLIO, Inc., Santa Barbara, CA., November, 2012.
- Wiggins, D.K. & Wiggins, B.P. Striving to be in the profession and of It: The African American experience in physical education and kinesiology, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82 (2) June, 2011, 320-333.
- Daniels, M. J., Rodgers, E. B. D., & Wiggins, B. P. (2005). “Travel Tales:” An interpretive analysis of constraints and negotiations to pleasure travel for persons with physical disabilities. Tourism Management, 26(6), 919-930.
- Wiggins, B.P. (2004). Four biographical essays in Wiggins, D.K. (ed.) African Americans in Sports, Armonk, N.Y.: M .E. Sharpe.
- School of Recreation, Health and Tourism
- Division of Health and Human Performance
- Division of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism
- Recreation Management: Parks and Outdoor Recreation
- Recreation Management: Therapeutic Recreation
- Sport and Recreation Studies
- Recreation Management
- Tourism and Events Management
- Center for Sport Management
- The Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society
Courses Taught This Semester
- Doctoral Dissertation Research (EDUC - 999)
- Practicum (PRLS - 241)
- Administration of SRT Organizations I (PRLS - 410)
- Introduction to Recreation and Leisure (PRLS - 210)
- Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation (PRLS - 418)
- Master's Project/Internship (SRST - 798)
- Program Leadership and Evaluation (PRLS - 323)
Other Courses Taught
- Doctoral Internship in Education (EDUC 890)
- Independent Study for the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (EDUC 897)
- Advanced Internship in Education (EDUC 994)
- Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (EDUC 998)
- Independent Study EFHP (EFHP 599)
- Ethical Issues in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (EFHP 680)
- Project (EFHP 798)
- Thesis (EFHP 799)
- Internship (HEAL 490)
- People with Nature (PRLS 300)
- Park Management and Operations (PRLS 302)
- Program Planning and Evaluation (PRLS 310)
- Human Behavior in Natural Environments (PRLS 402)
- Trends and Programming Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation (PRLS 416)
- Processes, Techniques and Supervision in Therapeutic Recreation (PRLS 417)
- Special Topics in Recreation Management (PRLS 480)
- Recreation Management Internship (PRLS 490)
- Independent Study (PRLS 499)
- Natural Resources Recreation Planning (PRLS 531)
- Evaluating Recreation Outcomes (PRLS 535)
- Special Topics (PRLS 598)
- Recreation Administration and Planning (PRLS 610)
- Social Psychology of Leisure (PRLS 611)
- Special Topics (SRST 598)
- Independent Study in Sport and Recreation Studies (SRST 599)
- Seminar in Sport and Recreation Studies (SRST 796)
- Master's Thesis (SRST 799)
- Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Management Internship (TOUR 490)