Eric Layland

About me:

Eric LaylandI became interested in pursuing an academic career in leisure studies while enrolled in an undergraduate Family Recreation course at Brigham Young University. The interplay of family relationships and free time remains compelling tome. I completed two degrees at BYU (Recreation Management, BS ’11; Youth & Family Recreation, MS ’13) and a thesis exploring the emerging adult framework in a leisure context and the perceived role of leisure in the lives of European emerging adults. While in Utah, I also worked for local Parks & Recreation for six years planning community events and festivals and mentoring university interns. I have worked closely with Drs. Mat Duerden and Brian Hill at Brigham Young University on projects concerning study abroad, adolescent travel, and identity development. I am well trained in qualitative methods with special emphasis on conducting interview based field studies, content analysis, and discourse and metaphor analyses. I have been mentored in emerging adult theory by Dr. Larry Nelson at Brigham Young University.I currently work with Dr. Camilla Hodge focusing on the intersections of human development, family studies, and leisure.Our projects focus heavily on sibling relationships, emerging adulthood, and leisure impact in these contexts. I am especially interested in the role of leisure for emerging adults in their identity development and the impact of both familial and cultural influences on leisure behavior in emerging adulthood.

Professional Goals:

I aim to develop transdiciplinary research projects between fields of leisure, human development, and cultural anthropology, with emphasis on emerging adults. I look forward to an opportunity to obtain a faculty position at a university where I can develop research and collaborate with other departments and faculty. I enjoy both teaching and research, and look forward to working closely with students both in the classroom and on independent mentored projects. Having worked in community recreation and studied leisure academically, I hope to maintain a solid connection between my research and practitioners.