Dr. Cass Morgan

Department of Human Services

Parks and Recreation Management


Phone: 828.227.3971
Office Address:
Reid 122J

Research Interest: Impact of recreation experiences on youth development; recreation and education; community recreation and park planning; field-based evaluation methods.


Ph.D., Parks, Recreation & Tourism, University of Utah

M.S., Recreation and Parks Administration, East Carolina University

B.S., Outdoor Education, Montreat College



Dr. Morgan joined the faculty at Western Carolina University in 2012 after completing her Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation & Tourism at the University of Utah. Prior to completing her Ph.D. she worked as a parks and recreation planning consultant and researcher. She also has worked for a number of camps and other youth recreation programs across the United States. In her spare time she loves to play outside and especially enjoys whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, road biking, and hiking.


Selected List of Publications and Presentations:

Morgan, C. Sibthorp, J., & Tsethlikai, M. (2012). The Effects of a Mentoring Program on Adolescents’ Self-Regulation Skills at Camp [Abstract]. Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Eleventh Research Symposium Proceedings.Bradford Woods, IN.

Morgan, C., Sibthorp, J., & Browne, L. (2012). Program fidelity, adaptation, and participant responsiveness: Key processes tied to evaluating program implementation efficacy [Abstract]. American Camp Association

Morgan, C., & Bialeschki, D. (2012). Camper enrollment trends report. Camping Magazine. American Camp Association: Martinsville, IN.

Morgan, C., Collins, R., D’Eloia, M. (2011). Supporting self-regulated learning processes in adolescents: An examination of teaching methods used on outdoor adventure expeditions. [Abstract].Journal of Outdoor Education Recreation and Leadership, 3(2), 101-104.

Sibthorp, J., & Morgan, C. (2011). Adventure-based programming: Exemplary youth development practice. New Directions in Youth Development. (130),105-119.

Collins, R. Morgan, C., & Parrish, C. (2011). Adolescent Learning: Theory and Application. Lander, WY: National Outdoor Leadership School.

Morgan, C. & Wells, M. (2010). Adolescent brain development and mechanisms of self-regulation: Considerations for adventure education program design. [Abstract]. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership, 2(2)

Collins, R., Timmerman, D., & Morgan, C. Towards a New Dialogue of Risk: Implications for Management.  Presentation at Rocky Mountain Regional Association for Experiential Education Conference, April 16-18, 2010.

Morgan, C. Body image in the wilderness: A source of strength, a place for healing. Presentation at the Outward Bound: National Women’s Outdoor Leadership Conference, March 2004. Flat Rock, NC.

Professional Memberships:

American Camp Association

National Recreation and Parks Association

Association for Experiential Education


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