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Stella Liu

Hung-Ling Liu


Assistant Professor / NRM Affiliate Assistant Professor

Office Building

Wagner Hall



Mailing Address

Wagner Hall 407
Health & Nutritional Sciences-Box 2275A
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Hung-Ling (Stella) Liu received her Doctoral degree in Leisure Studies-Recreation Management at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and received both her Bachelor of Education degree in Early Childhood Education and Master’s degree in Sport and Leisure Management in Taiwan. Prior to joining SDSU, she served as a research faculty and adjunct instructor in Leisure Studies and Department of Geography at OSU. She has been involved in natural resource management, sustainable recreation and tourism development, and community recreation-related research projects with a variety of federal, state, and municipal partners.


Ph.D. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Health, Leisure & Human Performance - Leisure Studies: Recreation Management
M.Ed. National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
Sport and Leisure Management
B.Ed. National Hsinchu Teacher’s College, Hsinchu, Taiwan
Early Childhood Education & Primary Education

Specialty Area

  • RECR 101 Introduction to Sport, Recreation, and Park Management
  • RECR 202 Outdoor Recreation Resource Management
  • RECR 302 Commercial Recreation and Tourism
  • RECR 410 Current Issues in Recreation
  • RECR 750 Research Design
  • HNS 783 Research Methods

Professional Memberships

2009-present National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
2010-present Rho Phi Lambda Honorary Recreation, Park, and Leisure Service Fraternity
2012-present Northeast Recreation Research Symposium (NERR)
2014-present Academy of Leisure Science (ALS)
2011-2016 Oklahoma Recreation and Park Society (ORPS)
2011-2016 Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP)
2011-2016 Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute (SWPRT)
2014-2016 South Central Arc User Group (SCAUG)

Area(s) of Research

Her research interests and approaches include survey and evaluation research techniques focus on behaviors in outdoor recreation; human dimension of natural resources management; and impacts of recreation and tourism for individuals and community.