Christopher R. Edginton, Ph.D.

Professor - Leisure, Youth & Human Services; R.J. McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies

Dr. Christopher R. Edginton's Vitae


Dr. Christopher Edginton serves as the R. J. McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies. Established in 1989 by the R. J. McElroy Trust, this endowed professorship seeks to enhance the youth leadership studies program at the University of Northern Iowa as well as improve the quality of youth leadership programs throughout the United States.  He served as the Director of the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services from 1991-2010. He currently serves as a full professor in the Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services. From 2004 – 2014, Edginton served as the Secretary General of the World Leisure Organization, a non-governmental agency operating in consultative status with The United Nations. He has held direct leadership, supervisory and administrative positions in the park and recreation field and has been identified as a leading proponent of the application of contemporary management concepts in the park and recreation field.Author of over 240 articles and 31 text books, he has received many prestigous honors and awards. He is the founder of Camp Adventure Child and Youth Services, a nationally award-winning service learning program. Dr. Edginton's research interests have focused on organizational goals, youth development,  physical education pedagogy, the training of physical education teachers and the discovery of best practice in this area and .

Office Location: 

105 HPC

Mailing Address: 

University of Northern Iowa
105 HPC
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0156


AA: Foothill College
BA: San Jose State University
MS: University of Illinois
Ph.D: University of Iowa

Research Interests 

Youth development, programming, leadership, management

Courses Taught 

Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Leisure, Youth & Human Services: Strategic Program Management; Management Issues in Leisure, Youth & Human Services; Camp Management Systems; Camp Staff Development