Dr. Rudy Dunlap

Professor

Dr. Rudy Dunlap
(615) 904-8478
Room 209, Alumni Memorial Gym (AMG)
MTSU Box 96, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Georgia (2008)
  • MED, University of Georgia (2002)
  • BA, Appalachian State University (1998)

Biography

Dr. Rudy Dunlap is an associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Dr. Dunlap holds B.A. degrees in Anthropol...

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Dr. Rudy Dunlap is an associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Dr. Dunlap holds B.A. degrees in Anthropology and Philosophy from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and a M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Recreation and Leisure Studies from The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. Prior to Middle Tennessee State University, Dr. Dunlap served as an assistant professor in the Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Dunlap’s research has generally addressed leisure as a socio-cultural context in which community development and social changes take place. Within this framing, his previous projects have explored volunteer participation in community gardening projects as settings for place connection, solidarity formation, and the exercise of agency. More recently his research has examined urban cycling and the manner in which individuals practice the activity as a means of both connecting to place and re/appropriating urban space. Dr. Dunlap’s scholarship has also explored a diverse range of qualitative research methods, including collective memory work, so-called gonzo ethnography and fiction as a tool for inquiry. Dr. Dunlap regularly teaches courses about community development, qualitative research, outdoor recreation management, and the history and philosophy of leisure and sport.

When not in his office, Dr. Dunlap enjoys riding his mountain bike, hiking, and camping with his family.

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