Dr. Samuel G. Roberson, Sr. is an Assistant Professor of Human Performance and Recreation at Claflin University. Dr. Roberson earned a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences with an emphasis in Youth Development and a minor in Counseling Psychology. He also holds an MS in Youth Development from Texas A&M and a BS in finance from Weber State University.
Dr. Roberson teaches a variety of recreation courses, including Leadership, Therapeutic Recreation, Camping and Outdoors, Organization and Administration, and Community Recreation. He is involved in a number of university committees, including the Health and Wellness Center Vision and Planning Program, Lilly Foundation Career Pathways, and Faculty Compensation Review. Additionally, he has served as faculty advisor for Progressive Black Men, a student club at Claflin.
Dr. Roberson’s research and scholarship interests include youth development outcomes, parental impacts, sport impacts, youth/adult relationships, community recreation, leadership development, team building, inclusive leisure opportunities, and development of communities. His most recent publication, “Enhancing Extension and Research Activities Through the Use of Web GIS” was featured in the October 2016 edition of Journal of Extension. Dr. Roberson is currently engaged in an action-oriented research assessment project with Habitation Bethel in Haiti.
Dr. Roberson is a well-known presenter at national and local conferences. His lecture topics include Situational Leadership, Relationship Based Programing, Youth-Adult Partnerships, and Cultural Competency.