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Health, Human Performance & Recreation


Dr. Charles Killingsworth
Health, Human Performance & Recreation
Recreation Program Coordinator 
102 Student Recreation Center |620.235.4670| ckilling@pittstate.edu


Dr. Chuck Killingsworth has both taught at the post-secondary education level for over 25 years and has worked in the areas of therapeutic recreation, and social services for over 10 years.

Dr. Killingsworth has worked with people who are mentally retarded, older people, and people who have survived head/brain injuries in institutional and community-related service settings. He was the first Therapeutic Recreation Instructor in Canada, teaching for over 13 years at Mount Royal College, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Administration, a Master of Science Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, a Master of Arts Degree in Confluent Education, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education. His areas of interest include Therapeutic Recreation, the 4MAT System of Teaching and Learning, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (in which he is a qualified administrator and interpreter) efficacy in Therapeutic Recreation, Aquatics, and Aquatic Therapy, Camping and Outdoor Education, and various complimentary health care modalities.



  • Teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Recreation & Therapeutic Recreation
  • Serves on committees at the Department, College, and University levels
  • Serves on a variety of community boards including Homer Cole Community Center, Area 10 Special Olympics, and Horses of Hope Riding Center

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Recreation Therapy
  • Play, Games, & Activities in Recreation
  • Survey Research Techniques in Recreation
  • Intervention in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Recreation Leadership and Programming
  • Assessment & Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation


  • Ph.D. Adult Education, Columbia Pacific University, CA
  • M.A. Confluent Education, UCSB, CA
  • M.S. Therapeutic Recreation, San Jose State University, CA
  • B.S. Recreation Administration, Fresno State University, CA

Research Interests

  • Efficacy of Therapeutic Recreation
  • Adult Education
  • Recreation and Aging
  • Recreation and Mental Retardation
  • Use of the MBTI in Higher Education
  • The 4MAT System of Learning & Teaching

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