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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 is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health and Consumer Sciences at South Dakota State University. Dr. Liu’s research focuses on the impacts of nature-based recreation and tourism on individuals’ social and psychological development and sustainable use of natural resources as community social, economic, and environmental assets.


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

Academic Interests/Expertise

RECR 101 Introduction to Sport, Recreation, and Park Management
RECR 302 Commercial Recreation and Tourism
RECR 360 Programming in Sport and Recreation
RECR 402 Outdoor Recreation Resource Management
RECR 410 Current Issues in Recreation and Sport
RECR 750 Foundation of Sport and Recreation Administration
HNS 783 Research Methods

Awards and Honors

2021 Outstanding Researcher of College of Education and Human Sciences, South Dakota State University


Liu, H. L. (PI). The new era of South Dakota’s Outdoor Recreation. Sponsored by South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, SD. August 2021 – August 2022
Liu, H.-L. (PI). Connecting to nature: Assessment of outdoor recreation promotion programs in South Dakota. Sponsored by South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, SD. July 2019 - October 2020.
Liu, H. L. (PI). Public Survey reading South Dakota State Parks. Sponsored by South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, SD. July 2018 - May 2019.
Liu, H. L. (PI). The Tenth Generation of SCORP: South Dakota’s Outdoor Legacy. Sponsored by South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, SD. July 2017 – December 2017.

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.