Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Professorship in Sport & Adventure Studies

The Details

Professorship In Sport & Adventure Studies

Investment: $3,000,000 endowment generating $120,000 per year.
$120,000 per year for five years.

Opportunity

$120,000 per year would provide the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism (ACT) at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) the ability to fund a new full-time salary and benefits position for a dedicated faculty member with specialized expertise in the sport and adventure tourism industries and ties to the sector.

Impact

Become the founder of TRU’s Professorship in Sport and Adventure Studies within the new Bachelor of Sport and Adventure Studies (BSAS). This cost recovery program is dependent on one funded faculty position for its viability and sustainability. The BSAS will be a one-of-a-kind program in Canada, intent on capturing a wide market share of students interested in the fields of sport studies and adventure sport. TRU is uniquely poised to capitalize on its current human resources and physical assets. The Adventure Studies Department has a world-wide reputation for excellence in adventure education. This degree will further leverage that reputation and faculty who have an extensive network of contacts, industry partners, along with long histories of influential work and experience within this sector. Connecting this expertise with Kamloops’ positioning as the “Tournament Capital of Canada” and its myriad of tournaments and assets including parks, ski resorts and golf courses, also recognizes the interdependence of the university with the city, the region and the province.

The new faculty position will be ideally situated to address some of the vital Adventure and Sport industry training needs. As well, TRU’s knowledge of Adventure and Sport research will expand and the school will be able to undertake new applied research projects on topics important to the industry.

The BSAS is a four-year, 120 credit undergraduate degree, which embraces sport through the leisure, tourism, recreation, competition and adventure realms and through the integration of traditional sport and non-traditional sport study. The interdisciplinary BSAS connects students to courses from various faculties and allows students to specialize in Sport Performance, Adventure Sport, Adventure Tourism, Outdoor Education, Coaching, Sport Tourism, or Sport Marketing. The program will make TRU the educational destination of choice for health, sport, recreation, adventure, etc. and create a logical extension of Kamloops’ position as the Tournament Capital of Canada.

TRU’s Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism is known for having strong ties to industry, establishing the first tourism degree in BC, having the longest running Bachelor of Tourism Management (BTM) in Western Canada, being the largest provider of post-secondary adventure studies in North America, and having the Adventure Studies program named “one of the top ten coolest programs in Canada” by MacLean’s Magazine (http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2011/11/04/in-a-class-of-their-own/). The Faculty is already training adventure and tourism professionals and now you can help them develop the next generation of sport and adventure leaders.