Rasul A. Mowatt
Rasul A. Mowatt's prior work included serving as a City Commissioner for the Champaign Human Relations Commission; Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee; Field Coordinator for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; President for the Sunrise Rotary Club of Champaign-Urbana; and, Community Programs Manager for the Champaign Park District. It was this line of work that brought him to completing both his Master of Science degree in Park and Natural Resource Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he previously completed a Bachelor of Arts in History (North and East African, Early American History).
He would continue at the University Illinois for a PhD. In Leisure Behavior directly following his M.S.. The combination of these studies informed his dissertation work on looking at the nature and relationship between leisure, natural/built environment, and Race via lynching history and photography. His primary areas of research and teaching are associated with: social justice, leisure studies, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy.
Professor Mowatt has presented his work in more than ten countries, and has published in various leisure related publications and in other fields.
He is the former Chair of his Department, served as a Co-Chair for the National Recreation and Park Association Leisure Research Symposium and The Academy’s inaugural Institute/Conference. He is an associate editor of Leisure Sciences and the Journal of Leisure Research, current editor for Recreation, Park, and Tourism in Public Health, and a former associate editor for Schole.