Dr. Christopher Denison currently serves at the Director of Recreation Services at the University of Northern Iowa. Formerly, Chris served as the Associate Director of Facilities and Operations, the Assistant Director for Informal Recreation, and the Coordinator of Intramurals and Aquatics at the University of Northern Iowa. Chris also has a 21-year history working with the Camp Adventure Program, placing and supervising college student interns on US military installations around the world. Program types included day camps, swim lessons, and sports camps.
Chris has been a NIRSA member for 21 years and has served NIRSA in a number of ways including as State Director of Iowa, Nominations and Appointments Committee, Aquatics Committee, Family Programs Committee, and National Service Award Committee. Additionally, Chris has hosted and helped facilitate conferences, workshops, and institutes.
A hallmark of Chris’ professional life lies in continuing education. Chris completed his Doctor of Education in 2013 while writing a dissertation titled, “Perceptions of Dimensions of Services Quality and Recreational Benefits in Collegiate Recreational Sports Programs.” Chris has supervised numerous master’s students’ theses in the area of collegiate recreation and has either presented or facilitated at 16 NIRSA state, regional, or national conferences. Chris also completed the CRSS in 1999 as well as the National School of Recreational Sports Management (Level II) in 2011. Chris earned is MA in leisure, youth, and human services from the University of Northern Iowa and his BA in leisure studies and services from the University of Oregon.