W. Dale Connally, Ph.D.

W. Dale Connally, Ph.D.
Department Chair of HHPR & Professor
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Department Chair, HHPR

Director of Recreation & Leisure Services Program

Specialty/Interest Area

Recreation and Sport Ministry

Current Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Leisure Services
  • Program Planning in Leisure Services
  • Leadership and Facilitation of Leisure Services
  • Principles of Church Recreation
  • Internship in Recreation and Leisure Services

Select Publications

Place, G, Connally, D., & Livengood, J. (2018) Perceived Leisure Constraints of Students Attending Christian Colleges. The Journal for the Christian Society for Kinesiology, Leisure and Sport Studies, 5(1), 1-10.

Connally, D. (2017).  “Hunting Boots on the Ground: Case Studies of Hunting Ministries” in God, Nimrod, and the World:  Exploring Christian Perspectives on Sport Hunting.  Macon, GA:  Mercer University Press

Connally, D. (2017).  "Professional Development for Recreation and Sports Ministers" in Recreation and Sports Ministry:  Impacting Postmodern Culture.  Nashville, TN:  Broadman and Holman.

Wynveen, C.J., Connally, W.D., & Kyle, G.T. (2013). Antecedents to pro-environmental behavior in marine protected areas:  The cases of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Journal of Park & Recreation Administration, 31(2), 28-49.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. Recreation Resource Management, The University of New Mexico, December 1995
  • M.S. Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Baylor University, August 1984
  • B.S. Recreation, Baylor University, May 1983

Certification & Licensure

Certified Park and Recreation Professional

Contact Information

Baylor University
College of Health & Human Sciences, HHPR
One Bear Place #97313
Waco, Texas 76798-7313

Office: Rena Marrs McLean Gymnasium 110.05
Phone: 254-710-4004
Fax: 254-710-3527
Email: Dale_Connally@baylor.edu