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Kelli McMahan
Kelli McMahan

Kelli McMahan, M.S.

Lecturer and Coordinator of Outdoor Recreation, HHPR

Campus Contact Information
Baylor University
College of Health & Human Sciences
Office:  Rena Marrs McLean Gymnasium 110.09
Phone: 254-710-3712
Fax: 254-710-3527


M.S. in Health, Physical Education and Leisure, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK (1998)
B.S. in Health, Human Performance and Recreation, Baylor University, Waco, Texas (1993)

Research Interests:
Broadly speaking, my research interests center on the relationship between faith and leisure. Charles K. Brightbill (1961) said "Tell me what you do in your leisure, when you are free to do what you wish, how you wish, and with whom you wish, and I will tell you what kind of person you are." His sentiment captures my passion and interest in leisure meaning and identity formation based on leisure specialization and commitment in general but more specifically, that which occurs within the arts and the natural environment.
Because of my professional background and personal interests, I also have research interests related to many aspects of the outdoor adventure experience including adventure program design, personal risk assessment and value clarification and the transformative nature of the adventure phenomenon in the natural environment.

Helwig, N. & McMahan, K. (2009). Know before you go. In Kidd, T.W. & Hazelrigs, J. (Eds.), Rock Climbing (65-96). Illonois: Human Kinetics.

McMahan, K. & Connally, D. (1998). Adventure Recreation: It's more than meets the eye. Texas Recreation and Parks Society Magazine, 10.

Courses Taught:
RLS 3301 Outdoor Adventure Activities
RLS 2201 Adventure Recreation Leadership and Challenge Course Facilitation
RLS 2388 Leisure and Lifestyle Well-Being
RLS 4398 Leisure Services for Persons with Disabilities