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Rick Hardy


Dr. Hardy developed and supervised the internship program for the Kansas City Chiefs during the Chiefs' 2010-2013 training camps at Missouri Western State University. He has also developed undergraduate and graduate curriculum in both the sport and hospitality areas. 

Dr. Rick Hardy teaches undergraduate classes in:

  • Sport Operations
  • Sport Policy and Governance
  • History of Sport
  • Recreation, Sport, & Hospitality Administration
  • Design of Recreation and Sport Facilities
  • Recreation, Sport, & Hospitality Program and Design
  • Promotion and Marketing Strategies in Recreation, Sport, & Hospitality
  • Tourism Planning
  • Commercial Recreation

and at the graduate level he teaches:

  • Foundations of Sport & Leisure
  • Design of Recreation & Sport Facilities. 

He attended North Carolina State University where he earned both a Bachelor of Science Degree (1993) and a Master of Science Degree (1995) in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management while working as a research assistant in the Office of Park and Tourism Research. Dr. Hardy then earned a Master of Science Degree (1997) in Advertising from the University of Illinois. After teaching at the college level for several years, Dr. Hardy returned to North Carolina State University and earned his Doctorate in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management (2010).

Dr. Hardy has given presentations at the state, national and international levels. He has taught at both schools of business and colleges of education during the time he worked on his masters’ and doctorate degrees. 

Dr. Hardy is a member of the National Society for Sport Management (NASSM), the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association (KRPA), and the Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD).

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests

  • Students’ preparedness as they transition from the University to the workforce in Sport
  • Lifetime Sports
  • Exergames / Exersports
  • Tourism development in small towns and rural settings
  • Agritourism

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Rick Hardy
Dr. Rick Hardy
Associate Professor/Master Advisor

Phone: (620) 235-4281

Office: 101M Student Recreation Center

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