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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

James B. Wise

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James Wise


Phone: 507-389-2128


  • M.S. Experiential Education; Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2017
  • Ph.D., Parks, Recreation, and Tourism; University of Utah, 1999
  • M.P.E., Athletic Administration; Idaho State University, 1993
  • B.A., Leisure Studies with Therapeutic Recreation emphasis; Iowa State University, 1986
  • Certifications: Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)


  • Therapeutic Recreation Career Track

Primary Courses Taught 

  • Leisure and Lifestyle 
  • Therapeutic Recreation Services
  • Therapeutic Recreation Process
  • Therapeutic Recreation Assessment
  • Therapeutic Recreation Techniques 
  • Advancement of the Therapeutic Recreation Profession

Workshop Topics

  • Generalization of Self Efficacy
  • Philosophy and Therapeutic Recreation
  • Flourishing and People with Disabilities

Selected Recent Publications

  • Wise, J.B. (2018).  Integrating leisure, human flourishing and the capabilities approach: Implications for therapeutic recreation.  Therapeutic Recration Journal, 52(3), 254-268.
  • Wise, J.B. (2018). Preparing future professionals to serve as moral agents.  American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 17(1), 15-19. 
  • Wise, J.B. (2017).  Leisure and work: Interdependent facets of human flourishing.  Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 51(1), 1-17.  Available from  
  • Wise, J.B. (2016).  Deepened ecological model: A fresh perspective on the experienc of disability.  Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 50, 199-212.  Available from  
  • Wise, J.B. (2015). Leisure: A Human Right.  Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 49, 166-178.
  • Wise, J.B. (2014). What is Leisure? A MacIntyrian Based Response.  Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism and Recreation Research, 5(2), 17-22. [PDF] What is Leisure? A MacIntyrian Based Response (267 KiB).
  • Wise, J.B. (2014).  Personhood, flourishing, disability, leisure and a profession.  Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism and Recreation Research, 5(1), 17-28.  [PDF] Personhood, flourishing, disability, leisure and a profession (147 KiB)..
  • Wise, J. B. (2009). Using the knowledge–and–appraisal personality architecture to predict physically active leisure self–efficacy in university students. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39, 1913-1927.
  • Wise, J.B. (2008). Using the knowledge - and - appraisal personality architecture to predict self-efficacy within indvidual persons.  Psychological Reports, 103, 406-410.
  • Wise, J. B. (2007). Testing a theory that explains how self–efficacy beliefs are formed: Predicting self–efficacy appraisals across recreation activities. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 26, 829–836.

James Wise

Personal Interests

  • Mountain Biking
  • Snow Skiing
  • Weight Training
  • Reading

Examples of Student's Projects and Research