Rick Hardy


Dr. Rick Hardy teaches classes in Recreation Administration, Design of Recreation Facilities, Recreation Program and Design, Management Strategies in Recreation, and Commercial Recreation at the undergraduate level and other courses at the graduate level at Pittsburg State University.  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 North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, The State University of New York at The College of Brockport, and Missouri Western State University. He was appointed by the Mayor to serve on the Tourism Occupancy Tax Citizens Committee in Saint Joseph, Missouri. 

Dr. Hardy developed and supervised the internship program at Missouri Western State University for the Kansas City Chiefs during the Chiefs' training camps.

For the past several years, Dr. Hardy has been an active member in Missouri Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) and Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MOAHPERD).

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests

  • Students’ preparedness as they transition from University to the workforce
  • Tourism development in small towns and rural settings
  • Agritourism
  • The phenomena of passenger/customer shaming via social media and the effect on the tourism industry.

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Rick Hardy
Dr. Rick Hardy
Associate Professor/Master Advisor

Phone: (620) 235-4281

Office: 101D Student Recreation Center

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