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

Research areas

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Social inclusion and well being
  • Mental health and mental illness
  • Human dimensions of forest environments


  • 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


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


Gallant, K., Litwiller, F., Burns, R., White, C., Hamilton-Hinch, B., Lauckner, H. (In press). Reaching out, welcoming in: First voice perspectives on the characteristics of welcoming recreation settings and programs. Leisure/Loisir.

Burns, R., Gallant, K., Litwiller, F., White, C., Hamilton-Hinch, B. (In press). The go-along interview in leisure research. Leisure Sciences.

Litwiller, F. (2018). ‘You see their minds grow’: Identity development of LGBTQ youth at a residential wilderness camp. Leisure/Loisir, 42(3), 347-361

Litwiller, F., White, C., Hamilton-Hinch, B., Gilbert, R. (2018). The impacts of recreation programs on the mental health of post-secondary students in North America: An integrative review. Leisure Sciences. 1-25.

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., 2016.  Retrieved at
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.