My story... Born Cara Lucia Wise, my parents Elizabeth Wayland and James Wise gave me the name "Cara Lucia" standing for "Friendly Light", my name is the inspiration for this work to share with others the importance of sharing the light we are given with others. To share the idea of imperfection, failure and resiliency. As an educator and a mother I believe we have a responsibility to teach our children, students, peers, colleagues, friends, and family members to have difficult conversations. We must engage in community and know that change does not come to fruition without making mistakes and learning from those mistakes to create positive change in personal and professional life. It is not about perfection, it is about taking risks, being resilient and contributing to what truly matters.
I believe in using personal and professional life experiences as a tool to help guide others through personal and professional development opportunities. Sharing stories creates connection and gives us the opportunity to embrace continuous learning and development of ourselves. Throughout my life I have had opportunities to meet many individuals that impacted my own growth and development such as teachers, mentors, employers, colleagues, and students. Through my engagement in higher education and community service endeavors I have learned the importance of teamwork and sharing knowledge. I want to give back in a way that will benefit others in their own personal growth and development as so many have done for me.
I received my BS in Sport Management (Cum Laude) from Elon University, MA in Recreation Administration from Central Michigan University, and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech. I am currently an Assistant Professor in Sport Management at Elon University. My personal and professional interests are in leadership studies, diversity and inclusion, development through the life span, and assessment.
EDITED BOOK Stenta, D. & McFadden, C. (Eds.) (2015). Student leadership development through recreation and athletics. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
BOOK CHAPTERS McFadden, C. & Molina, D. (2016). Collegiate recreation. In N. Zhang (Ed.), Rentz’s Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education (pp. 426-458). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.
McFadden, C. & Carr, J. W. (September, 2015). Collegiate recreation student employee as student leader. In D. Stenta & C. W. McFadden (Eds.), Student leadership development through recreation and athletics. (pp. 65-76). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
McFadden, C. & Stenta, D. (September, 2015). Connecting collegiate recreation and athletics to leadership. In D. Stenta & C. W. McFadden (Eds.), Student leadership development through recreation and athletics (pp. 5-18). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
McFadden, C. & Mazeika, M. (2014). Academic and student affairs collaboration. In L.S. Kelsay & E.M. Zamani-Gallaher (Eds.), Working with students in community colleges: Contemporary strategies for bridging theory, research, and practice (pp. 67- 79). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
REFEREED ARTICLES Weaver, T., Forte, D., & McFadden, C. (2017). Perceptions of higher education administrators regarding the role of club sports in the recruitment and retention of male students. Recreational Sports Journal, 41, 42-54. doi: 10.1123/rsj.2016-0023
McFadden, C., Skaggs, G., & Janosik, S. (2013). Development and validation of the sense of competence scale-revised. Journal of Applied Measurement 14(3), 318-331.
O’Bannon, T. & McFadden, C. (2008). A model of experiential andragogy: Development of a non-traditional experiential learning program model. Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism and Recreation Research, 1(1), 23-28.
INDUSTRY PUBLICATION McFadden, C. (2016, December 8). A strategy for educating students about the active shooter. Sport Risk: Risk Management Newsletter for Campus Recreation, Retrieved from http://www.sportrisk.com/tag/active-shooter/
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY McFadden, C. (2011). Copyright of the Sense of Competence Scale-Revised (SCS-R) Instrument. Register of Copyrights, United States of America.
Dr. Cara Lucia (McFadden) is the founder of Friendly Light inspiring personal and professional growth through the art of positivity and reflection.