The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Dr. Bob Barcelona

Associate Professor
Email: rbj@clemson.edu
Tel: 864-656-1891
Location: 414 Edwards Hall

B.A. Political Science, University of Mississippi
M.S. Recreational Sport Administration, Indiana University-Bloomington
Ph.D. Leisure Behavior, Indiana University-Bloomington

Area of Specialty:
  • Recreational sports and physical activity
  • Positive youth development
  • Out-of-school time programming
  • Management and leadership

Additional Professional Responsibilities:  
Section Editor, Programs that Work, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration

Research Interests:
Dr. Bob Barcelona’s research and professional interests focus on the leadership and management of recreation and youth-serving programs and organizations, with a particular focus on afterschool settings and community-based recreational sports and physical activity programs.  He works actively in the training and development of recreation and youth-serving professionals and volunteers, including youth sport coaches and activity leaders.  Bob has worked professionally in athletics and recreation administration, serving as an Assistant Director of Sport Clubs and Intramural Sports at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also served as the activity director for the Y-Cal youth partnership and the Cal National Youth Sports Program.  He also worked professionally at the University of Mississippi, where he served as the Director of Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs, in addition to working in school and community-based youth sports and athletics. Bob currently teaches in Clemson’s graduate Youth Development Leadership program where he works with approximately 40 professional masters degree students, as well as in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, where he teaches and works with undergraduate, masters, and doctoral-level students.  He is currently serving as a co-principle investigator on a multi-year federally funded afterschool initiative for elementary school youth in the Anderson 1 and 4 school districts (GoalPOST).  Prior to teaching at Clemson, Dr. Barcelona was a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire for 7 years.  At UNH, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses, coordinated an interdisciplinary minor in Youth Development, served as a program evaluator for the Dover Leaders’ Project, and worked as the founder and project administrator of CoachSmartNH, a statewide youth sports coach training program. 

Barcelona, R.J., & Quinn, W. (2011). Trends in youth development research topics: An integrative review of positive youth development research published in selected journals, 2001-2010. Journal of Youth Development, 6(3), 20-39.

Barcelona, R., Hurd, A., & Bruggeman, J.  (2011). A competency-based approach for preparing staff as recreation and youth development specialists.  New Directions for Youth Development, 130, 121-139.

Fleming, D., Barcelona, R., & Allen, L. (2011). Back to the future: The potential relationship between recreation and education. New Directions for Youth Development, 130, 43-57.

Toperzer, L., Anderson, D., & Barcelona, R. (2011). Best practices in student development for campus recreation professionals. Recreational Sports Journal, 35(2), 145-156. 

Barcelona, R.J., & Young, S.J. (2011). Hands on or hands off?  Municipal recreation agencies’ role and influence in youth sports coach-parent training.  Applied Recreational Research and Programming Annual, 1, 24-54.

Barcelona, R.J. (2010). Sport Management. In C. Stevens, J. Murphy, E. Sheffield, & L. Allen (Eds.) Introduction to Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Careers. Urbana, IL: Sagamore.  

Barcelona, R.J. (2010). Leisure, Politics, and Policy. In G. Kassing (Ed.). Dimensions of Leisure. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Barcelona, R.J. (2010). To wiki or not to wiki? Facilitating collaborative learning in a graduate online youth development leadership course. Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 25, 89-93.  

Barcelona, R.J., & Young, S.J. (2010). The role of municipal park and recreation agencies in enacting coach and parent training in a loosely coupled youth sports system. Managing Leisure, 15(3), 181-197.

Barcelona, R.J., & Rockey, D.L. (2010). Using collaborative learning technologies to facilitate effective group work. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 81(4), 12-14.

Barcelona, R.J. (2009). Pressing the online learning advantage: Commitment, content, and community.  Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 57(3), 193-197.

Hurd, A., Barcelona, R., Meldrum, J. (2008).  Leisure Services Management. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Barcelona, R.J. (2008). Administration of intramural and extramural sport. In National Recreational-Intramural Sports Association (Ed.). Campus Recreation: Essentials for the Professional.  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.  

Forrester, S., Arterberry, C., & Barcelona, R. (2006). Student attitudes toward sport and fitness activities after graduation.  Recreational Sports Journal, 30(2), 87-99.

Grants and Self-funded Research Projects:
Fleming, D., Barcelona, R.J., Quinn, W. (2010, May). GoalPOST II: Goal-oriented performance in out of school time.  South Carolina Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers Subgrant ($354,176/year for 4 years – Funded).

Quinn, W., Barcelona, R.J., Post, C., & Kemper, K. (2008, December). Greenville Housing Authority Hope VI program evaluation proposal, 2009-2011. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ($124,729 – Funded)

Courses Taught:
PRTM 391: Recreational Sport Management
PRTM 803: Seminar in Community Recreation, Sport, and Camp Management
HEHD 800: Foundations of Youth Development
HEHD 803: Creative and Ethical Leadership
HEHD 807: Youth Development Internship
HEHD 891-892: Masters Project Research Seminar (1 & 2)
HEHD 804/SOC 805: Evaluation Research Methods

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