Paul Heintzman


Paul Heintzman
Associate Professor

1999, Ph.D., Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo
1986, M.Sc., Christian Studies, Regent College (Vancouver)
1981, B.Sc., Recreology (Leisure Studies), Université d’Ottawa

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Paul Heintzman


Dr. Heintzman grew up in Ottawa and studied Recreology (Leisure Studies) at the University of Ottawa where he specialized in recreation resource management and planning. His master's thesis was on the philosophy of leisure and his Ph.D. thesis was on leisure and spiritual well being. He has extensive experience as a recreation practitioner throughout Canada including outdoor leadership positions at camps across the country; research work with the Sierra Club of Western Canada and the City of Calgary; developer, manager and director of human service programs at the Booth Centre in downtown Ottawa (1986-1990); and as Executive Director of Gracefield Camp and Conference in Quebec (1990-1995). Dr. Heintzman has previously taught at Brock University and at Acadia University (1998-2003) where he was Coordinator of the Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Education specialization. In 2003, he received the Society of Park and Recreation Educator's Teaching Innovation Award ; in 2005 he was a Visiting Scholar at Regent College, an international graduate school in Vancouver ; in 2007 he was recipient of the Christian Society of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies' Literary Award ; and in 2009 he received the CSKLS Distinguished Service Award. Dr Heintzman is co-editor of the book Christianity and Leisure: Issues in a Pluralistic Society, editor of a special issue of the journal Leisure/Loisir on the theme of leisure and spirituality; and the author of numerous journal papers and book chapters on the topics of leisure and spirituality; recreation and the environment; and the philosophy and ethics of leisure. He teaches courses on leisure concepts and on the relationship between recreation and the environment.

Research Interests

  • Recreation and the environment (environmental ethics, environmental education, parks, outdoor centres, wilderness)
  • Leisure and spirituality/religion/Christianity
  • Philosophy and ethics of leisure

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  • Heintzman, P.(2009). The spiritual benefits of leisure. Leisure/Loisir, 33(1), 419-445.
  • Heintzman, P. (Ed.). (2009). Leisure and spirituality. [Special Issue]. Leisure/Loisir, 33(1), 1-452.
  • Heintzman, P.(2008). Experiential education and spirituality. In K. Warren, D. Mitten & T.A. Loeffler (Eds.). Theory and practice of experiential education, 4th ed. (pp. 311 - 331). Boulder, CO: Association of Experiential Education.
  • Heintzman, P.(2008). Leisure-spiritual coping: A model for therapeutic recreation and leisure services. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 42(1), 56-73.
  • Heintzman, P. (2008). Men’s wilderness experience and spirituality: Further explorations. In C. LeBlanc & C. Vogt (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2007 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium (pp. 55-59) (Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-23). Newton Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Services, Northern Research Station.
  • Heintzman, P. (2007). The environmental ethics of Bill Mason: A model for environmental education.Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 12, 160-174.
  • Heintzman, P. (2007). Defining leisure. In R. McCarville, & K. MacKay (Eds.), Leisure for Canadians.(pp. 3-12). State College, PA: Venture. 
  • Heintzman, P. (2007). Gatineau Park: A case study of managing recreation in the wildland-urban interface. In R. Burns & K. Robinson (Comps.), Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium (pp. 432-439) (Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-14)Newton Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Services, Northern Research Station.
  • Heintzman, P. (2006). Listening for a leisure remix in ancient Israel and early Christianity.Leisure Sciences, 28(5), 431-435.
  • Heintzman, P. (2006). Implications for leisure from a review of the biblical concepts of Sabbath and rest. In P. Heintzman, G.E. Van Andel, & T.L. Visker (Eds.), Christianity and leisure: Issues in a pluralistic society (Rev. ed., pp. 14-31). Sioux Center, IA: Dordt College Press.
  • Sweatman, M., & Heintzman, P.  (2004). The perceived impact of outdoor residential camp experience on the spirituality of youth. World Leisure Journal, 46(1), 23-31.
  • Heintzman, P., & Mannell, R. (2003). Spiritual functions of leisure and spiritual well-being: Coping with time pressure. Leisure Sciences, 25, 207-230.
  • Heintzman, P.  (2000-2001). A commentary on “Philosophy of leisure: Unanswered questions.”Leisure/Loisir, 25(1-2), 71-78.
  • Heintzman, P.  (2000). Leisure and spiritual well-being relationships: A qualitative study.Society and Leisure, 23(1), 41-69.
  • Heintzman, P. (1995). Leisure, ethics and the Golden Rule. Journal of Applied Recreation Research20(3), 203-222.

Current Research Projects

  • Leisure style and spiritual well-being: A quantitative study.
  • Spirituality in the park experience of park campers.
  • The spiritual and environmental impact of an experiential environmental education course.
  • Wilderness and the Canadian mind: Implications for legislation and management of parks.
  • Impact of an university outdoor education program upon environmental knowledge, attitudes and behaviours.
  • Model of nature-based recreation and spirituality.
  • Men’s wilderness experience and spirituality.
  • Youth leisure and spirituality.    
  • The use of Psalm 46:10 in leisure literature.
  • Nature, wilderness and creation care: The example of Canadian National Parks.
  • Editing book: Christianity and leisure: Volume II.
  • The leisure style of rural recreation participants.
  • Invited book chapter: Leisure and Spiritual Health.
  • Invited book chapter: Leisure, Spirituality and Aging.
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