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Rebecca Niles

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Community Resources/Developmnt
Grad Service Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4020
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Community Resources and Development
Watts Col of Pub Ser & Com Sol


Rebecca Niles (Becca) was born and raised in Sacramento, California. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design and a Master of Science in Recreation Administration from Sacramento State University. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Resources and Development.

Becca has been in the recreation industry since 2002 in both non-profit and public agencies. Beginning at a non-profit children’s park managing community events, education programs, volunteers and local school fieldtrips. This work led her to pursue her MS in Recreation Administration. During her schooling she was tapped to run a statewide research project surveying California State Park users a over 50 state park sites.

In July 2009, Becca moved to the small Eastern European country of Moldova for two years as an English Education volunteer with the Peace Corps. She was also involved in the training, support and mentorship of newly incoming volunteers.

Coming home after two years, Becca transitioned into a position with a local park and recreation agency which allowed her to utilize her Graphic Design and marketing background as their Community Relations Coordinator. Working closely with management and programming staff, Becca created the new Communications department. Also, during this time, Becca began her position as a Part-Time Lecturer in the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration department at Sacramento State University. Teaching and introducing students to the Recreation industry is her true passion.

Research Interests

Community Recreation – The changing landscape of public funding and its effect on how public agencies manage their park and recreation services to their constituents.

Fatism in Recreation – Experiences and stigmas surrounding fat people in outdoor recreation activities.

Non-Profit Management – The growth of non-profit recreation services in communities to address needs too narrow for the broad services offered by community recreation agencies.

Volunteerism – Turning volunteers into activist for community and non-profit recreation.

Community Partnerships –The relationship between community, non-profit and commercial agencies in the growth and provision of recreation and leisure services to the community.


Erickson, E., Niles, B. (2018). Perspectives on Dogs at Santa Cruz County Beaches: A study of beach use and community residents’ perspectives on the presence of dogs at county beaches.

Niles, B. (2009). More than you can carry in your luggage: An exploratory study of the Peace Corps experience.

Rolloff D., Erickson, E., Kivel D., Pinch, K., Niles, B. (2009). 2007-2009 California State Park Visitor Survey.



  • Niles, R. (2015-2018). Using Social Media in Recreation.
    Guest lecture for RPTA 136: Event and Program Planning class; CSU, Sacramento.
  • Martinez, K. & Niles, R. (2009, March). Providing Meaningful Recreation Programs for At-Risk Populations. Presented at California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) Annual Conference; Sacramento, CA.
  • Niles, R. (2008, Spring). The Generations and Leisure: Looking at the "Greatest Generation" through "Millennials".
    Guest lecture in RPTA 100: Recreation and Leisure Lifestyle Development class; CSU, Sacramento.


Part-Time Lecturer

CSU, Sacramento - Dept. of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration

Develop curriculum and support materials for lower and upper division college courses in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration.

Teacher on Record for the following:

  • RPTA 100: Recreation and Leisure Lifestyle Development - Fall 2013 and Spring 2018
  • RPTA 160: Legal and Budget Topics in Recreation(Co-taught) - Fall 2014 - Spring 2017
  • RPTA 136: Event and Program Planning- Fall 2016
  • RPTA 96b: Budget for Recreation- Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
  • RPTA 30: Recreation, Parks and Tourism in Contemporary Society- Spring 2018
  • RPTA 32: Leadership Group Development- Spring 2018