Faculty Profile for Dr. Anthony Deringer

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Dr. Anthony Deringer
Assistant Professor — Dept of Health & Human Performance
JOW A116
phone: (512) 245-2561

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Deringer is an Assistant Professor at Texas State University in the Recreation Administration division. Prior to academia, Dr. Deringer lead backpacking, climbing, and river trips and was the administrator for several outdoor recreation programs. His work experience inspired him to conduct research in the area of human interactions with nature. Recent research project topics include mindfulness in outdoor recreation, nature connection, and virtual nature experiences.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Griffin, L. K., Meaney, K. S., & Deringer, S. A. (2020). “Until I’m Just Too Old to Turn the Pedals”:  Exploring Motivational Characteristics of Participants in a High School Mountain Bike Program. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 12, 397–408. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.18666/JOREL-2020-V12-I4-10182
  • Deringer, S. A., Hodges, J. S., & Griffin, L. K. (2020). Mindfulness as a tool for place-based educators. Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, 23(2), 121–135. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42322-020-00053-8
  • Deringer, S. A., Hanley A., Hodges, J. S., & Griffin, L. K. (2020). Improving ecological behavior in outdoor recreation through mindfulness interventions: A mixed methods inquiry. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 2(2), 149–163. https://doi.org/10.18666/JOREL-2020-V12-I2-9802
  • Leonard, A., Ewart, A., Lieberman-Raridon, K., Mitten, D., Rabinowitz, E., Deringer, S. A., … Smith, S. (n.d.). Outdoor adventure and experiential education and COVID-19: What do we know? Journal of Experiential Education. https://doi.org/doi: 10.1177/10538259211050762
  • Hanley, A., Deringer, S. A., Sneed, J., Bettman, J., & Gonzalez-Pons, K. (n.d.). The State of Interdependence with Nature Scale: Development and Initial Validation. Ecopsychology. https://doi.org/doi: 10.1089/eco.2021.0014

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award in Service. August 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award in Service. August 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award for Teaching, Texas State University. May 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor Award: The Alfred H. Nolle Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society. August 2018 - December 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor Award: The Alfred H. Nolle Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society. January 2018 - May 2018

Selected Grants

  • Kipp, Lindsay E. (Principal), Griffin, Luther Kent (Co-Principal), Deringer, Stephen Anthony (Co-Principal), Mettler, Joni A (Co-Principal), Forsythe, Michelle Elizabeth (Co-Principal). Enhancing mental and physical health of children and adolescents through innovative afterschool programs, College of Education Social Innovation Research Accelerator, Texas State University, $13396. (Submitted: October 2019, Funded: January 2020 - May 2022). Grant.
  • Griffin, Luther Kent, Deringer, Stephen A (Co-Principal), Thomas, Krista A. Spring Lake Outdoor Education Program, State of Texas, $49276.31. (Funded: May 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020). Grant.
  • Griffin, Luther Kent, Deringer, Stephen Anthony (Co-Principal). San Marcos High School Mountain Bike Program, San Marcos Commission on Children and Youth, Municipal, $2000. (Funded: April 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020). Grant.
  • Deringer, Stephen Anthony, Griffin, Luther Kent. Study in America new program development grant. (Funded: February 1, 2022 - Present). Grant.
  • Deringer, Stephen Anthony. San Marcos youth master plan funding for research conducted at Spring Lake Outdoor Education Program, $3360. (Funded: May 2019 - May 2020). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Member
HHP DEI Champions
March 2021-Present
Chair
Wimberley Parks Board
August 2020-Present
Member
HHP Travel Committee
2019-Present
Member
Association for Experiential Education Activate Committee
2019-Present
Board Member
Wimberley Parks Board
August 2019-Present