Fenton Litwiller, PHD

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Assistant Professor

Research Areas

Dr. Fenton Litwiller is a critical leisure scholar who uses community based research methods, and post structuralist and queer theories to account for LGBTQ2S experiences, identities and expressions.

  • Qualitative research methodologies in critical recreation and leisure scholarship
  • Social inclusion and well being
  • Human dimensions of forest environments
  • Mental health and mental illness
  • Gender and Sexuality


  • Concepts of Recreation and Leisure (PERS 1400)
  • Community Development and the Leisure Service Delivery System (REC 4070)
  • Qualitative Methods and Research Design (PHED 7160)


  • PhD, Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta
  • M.A., Adventure Education with a specialization in Experiential Education, Prescott College, Arizona
  • B.A., Physical Education and Outdoor Education, with Distinction, Augustana Faculty, University of Alberta

Selected Publications

Fenton, L., K. Gallant. (In press). Integrated experiential education: definitions and a conceptual model. Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Fenton, L., Hutchinson, S., Bald, D., Magee, P., Marchand, S. & B. Naugler. (2016). Recreation for Mental Health 101. CES4Health.info, 2016.  Retrieved at http://www.ces4health.info/find-products/view-product.aspx?code=SJSJLKJ7

Fenton, L., White, C., Gallant, K., Hutchinson, S., Gilbert, R., Hamilton-Hinch, B. & H. Lauckner. (2016). The Benefits of Recreation for the Recovery and Social Inclusion of Individuals with Mental Illness: An Integrative Review. Leisure Sciences. 1-19.

Fenton, L., & Walker, G. (2016). Development of the ‘Psychologically Deep Experiences (PDE) in Nature’ Scale. Leisure/Loisir. 40(1), 101-129.

Fenton, L., White, C., Gallant, K., Hutchinson, S., & Hamilton-Hinch, B. (2016). Recreation for mental health recovery. Leisure/Loisir, 40(3), 345-365.

Walker, G., & Fenton, L. (2013). Backgrounds of, and factors affecting, highly productive   leisure researchers. Journal of Leisure Research, 45(4), 537-562.

Walker, G., & Fenton, L. (2011). Institutional concentration of leisure research in North America: A follow-up to Jackson (2004). Journal of Leisure Research, 43(4), 475-490.



123 Frank Kennedy Centre
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2
Dr. Litwiller's Office: 204-474-8412


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