Dr. Michael Hoover

Assistant Professor of Recreation
Ellis College

Ed.D., University of Arkansas
M.Ed., University of Arkansas
B.G.S., Texas Tech University

Dr. Hoover received his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in General Studies. After completing his undergraduate degree he worked in commercial and campus outdoor recreation for two years. During this time, he received certifications in Wilderness Medicine, Canoe and Kayak Instruction, and a permanent certification as a Leave No Trace Master Educator. He received a graduate assistantship at the University of Arkansas in outdoor recreation in the summer of 2006. Dr. Hoover completed his master’s degree during that time in Recreation Management. In the summer of 2008, he accepted a teaching assistantship at the University of Arkansas in the Recreation and Sport Management Program where he went on to complete his doctorate.

Dr. Hoover is interested in the study of leisure and recreation experiences in the outdoors. He also studies leadership development through outdoor recreation and education pursuits. He has presented research at state, regional, and national conferences in outdoor recreation and education. Dr. Hoover currently teaches in the Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletic Training Department at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. His current research interests include outdoor recreational experiences, risk management in adventure programming, and wilderness management.

"All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world..."

– Alfred Lord Tennyson