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College of Natural Resources

Michael Kanters

Professor

Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing) 3028G

919-513-0279

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Indiana University 1988

  • Major: Human Performance.
  • Minor:  Educational Inquiry Methodology

Master of Science (M.S.) Indiana University 1985

  • Major:  Recreation and Park Administration

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) University of Waterloo 1984

  • Major:  Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Minor:  Business Administration. 

Dr. Kanters received his B.A. from the University of Waterloo and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Indiana University.  Dr. Kanter’s teaching emphasis is in sport management.  His research  interests focus on children’s sport and physical activity behavior.  Many of his projects examine factors contributing to positive youth sport experiences as well as programmatic strategies and policies to increase physical activity through sport.

Examples of current and ongoing research include:

  • the efficacy of afterschool sport programs in promoting physical activity among children;
  • shared use of school facilities with community organizations and physical activity program participation;
  • a quasi-experimental study of youth sport practice structure and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity levels;
  • prevalence of overweight and obesity among high school football players;
  • organized youth sports and commuting behavior: children’s mobility and energy use;
  • sport-based life skills and positive youth development in underserved youth populations

Recent Courses Taught

  • PRT 406: Sport Law
  • PRT 200: Leisure Behavior, Health & Wellness
  • PRT 508: Risk Management for Parks, Recreation, Tourism & Sport Organizations

Selected Presentations

Kanters, M.A., Bocarro, J.N., Edwards, M., Tateosian, L., Hodge, C., McKenzie, T.L., & Floyd, M.F. (2013) Neighborhood income and shared use of school physical activity facilities: place disparities limit participation in afterschool programs. Poster presented at the Active Living Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

Kanters, M.A., Bocarro, J.N., Edwards, M., Floyd, M. & Casper, J.M., (2013) Shared use of school facilities with community organizations and physical activity program participation: A cost-benefit assessment. Paper presented at the Active Living Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

Bocarro, J.N., Howard, K. & Kanters, M. (2013). Shared Use, Shared Vision: Strengthening communities through school partnerships. Paper presented at the National AAHE/AAHPERD Convention. Charlotte, NC.

Bocarro, J.N., Kanters, M.A., Edwards, M.B., & Casper, J.M. (2013). Prioritizing school sponsored sport based on observed physical activity. Active Living Research Conference. San Diego, CA.

Edwards, M.B., Melton, K., Bocarro, J.N., Kanters, M.A.. & Casper, J. M. (2013). Perceived Administrative Barriers to Providing Intramural Sports in North Carolina Middle Schools. Active Living Research Conference. San Diego, CA.

Howard, K., Kanters, M.A., & Bocarro, J.N. (2012). Promoting physical activity through shared use agreements: A case study. Paper presented at the 2012 NRPA Leisure Research Symposium. Anaheim, CA.

Edwards, M.B., Kanters, M.A., & Bocarro, J.N. (2012). Simulated effects of school policy changes in after-school sports on sport participation rates among North Carolina middle school students.Paper presented at the Active Living Research Conference. San Diego, CA.

Casper,J.M., Bocarro J.N., & Kanters, M. (2012). Middle school sport participation, Self-concept, and school belongingness. Poster presented at the Active Living Research 2012 Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.

Kanters, M.A., Bocarro, J.N., Edwards, M.B., Casper J., & Floyd, M.F., (2012). School sport participation under two school sport policies: Comparisons by race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status. Paper presented at the Active Living Research 2012 Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.

Sallis, J.F., Barroso, C.S., Wright, P.M., Kanters, M.A., & Vander Mars, H. (2012). Implementing and evaluating policies to promote physical activity. Paper presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting and 3rd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine. San Francisco, CA.

McKenzie, T.L. Lounsbery, M., Beighle, A., Kanters, M.A., & Vander Mars, H. (2012). Evidence matters: Translating research findings to stakeholder and policy makers. Presentation at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Boston, MA.

Kanters, M.A., Harrolle, M. (2012). Build a community to retain students in online programs. Presentation at the university Education in Natural Resources Conference. Ft., Collins, CO.

Kanters, M.A. (2011). Hockey is for Everyone: The Benefits of Hockey and Organized Youth Sports. US Congressional Briefing, Washington D.C.

Kanters, M.A. (2010). Making a Difference: Policies, Practices & Partnerships. Eat Smart, Move More Regional Conference, Greensboro, N.C.

Kanters, M.A., & Greenwood, B (2008). Engaging today’s net generation of students of students with new technologies: A study of student use and perceptions of new online course delivery methods. Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society e-learning Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Mahar, M.T., Guerieri, A.M., Kanters, M.A., & Bocarro, J.N. (2009). Effect on epoch length on objectively-measured physical activity in middle school students. Poster presented at the 2009 American College for Sports Medicine Conference, Seattle, WA.

Bocarro, J. N., Henderson, K., Floyd, M. F., Edwards, M. B., Casper, J., Moore, R., & Kanters, M. A. (2008). Park and recreation director’s perceptions of community based physical activity. 2008 NRPA Leisure Research Abstracts, Baltimore, MD.

Kanters, M. A., Bocarro, J. N., Casper, J., & Forrester, S. (2008). Middle school sport participation: An examination of intramural versus extramural sports using the theory of planned behavior. Canadian Conference on Leisure Research. Waterloo, Ontario.

Edwards, M. B., Kanters, M. A., & Bocarro, J. N. (2008). Exploring race and gender in a preliminary comparison of participation in middle school interscholastic and intramural sport programs. Canadian Conference on Leisure Research. Waterloo, Ontario.

Kanters, M. A., Bocarro, J. N., Mahar, M., Casper, J., & McKenzie, T. (2008). School intramural sports and physical activity: A middle school policy intervention. Active Living Research Conference. Washington, D.C.

Floyd, M. F., Henderson, K., Bocarro, J. N., Casper, J., Moore, R., Kanters, M. A., Laven, K., & Edwards, M. B. (2008). Assessing the potential of park and recreation agencies to promote active living policies: Insights from a survey of North Carolina municipal park and recreation directors. Active Living Research Conference. Washington, D.C.

Kanters, M.A., & Greenwood, B (2008). Hybrid online learning in sport management: Engaging the net generation. North American Society for Sport Management , Toronto, Canada.

Selected Project/Grant Funding

Kanters, M.A., Bocarro, J.N., Floyd, M. (2012). North Carolina School Joint Use Evaluation Project.  North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.  $125,000.

Kanters, M.A. (2011). Youth Sport Physical Activity Study. USA Hockey. $39,000.

Kanters, M.A., Bocarro, J. N. (2011). School Sport Policy Commissioned Analysis. Active Living Research, San diego State University. $14,877.

Kanters, M. A., Bocarro, J. N. (2011). Middle School Sport & Athletic Facility Research Communication Project. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research Grant. $26,824.

Kanters, M. A., Bocarro, J. N. (2010). National Parks & Recreation Fees & Charges Study. National Recreation & Park Association. $18,829.

Kanters, M., Bocarro, J. N., Mahar, M., & Casper, J. (Co-PI with Bocarro). (2008-2010). School Intramural Sports and Physical Activity: A Middle School Policy Intervention. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $199,495.

Kanters, M., Bocarro, J., Casper, J. McKenzie, Filardo, M, Trogden, J. (Co-PI with Bocarro). (2007-2008). Middle School Sport Facilities: Policies, Physical activity, and Cost Effectiveness. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $100,000.

Kanters, M.A., & Anderson, D. (2009). Distance Masters Development Grant. NCSU Distance Education & Learning Technologies Department. $168,000.

Kanters, M.A., & Wellman, D. (2008). Distance Masters Development Grant. NCSU Distance Education & Learning Technologies Department. $168,000.

Kanters, M.A., & Bocarro, J. N. (2007). Wake to Wellness Fitness Program. John Rex Foundation, $30,000.

Kanters, M.A., & Wellman, D. (2007). Distance Masters Development Grant. NCSU Distance Education & Learning Technologies Department. $160,000.

Awards

Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology (2012). Presented by NC State University.

Outstanding Advisor Award. (2003). Presented by the College of Natural Resources, NC State University.

Certificate of appreciation for exceptional teaching (1992).  Presented by the 1991/92 honors recreation and leisure studies graduating class.

Outstanding Teacher Award (1989).  Presented by the Graduate Student Society of the Department of Recreation and Park Administration, Western Illinois University.

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