Professor of Dance
Office Location3226 Old Main
Doug Risner, PhD, MFA, is Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Professor of Dance, and Director, MA in Dance Teaching Artistry program in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. Dr. Risner conducts research in the sociology of dance education and training, foundations of dance pedagogy, gender, masculinity in dance, and online learning and web-based curriculum design. His five books include Stigma & Perseverance in the Lives of Boys Who Dance (2009); Hybrid Lives of Teaching Artists in Dance and Theatre Arts: A Critical Reader (2014) with Dr. Mary Anderson; Gender, Sexuality and Identity: Critical Issues in Dance Education (2015), and Dance & Gender: An Evidenced-Based Approach (2017) with Dr. Wendy Oliver, and Case Studies in Dance Education: Ethical Dimensions of Humanizing Dance Pedagogy (2018); he has published over 200 journal articles, proceedings papers and book chapters. Risner is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Journal of Dance Education and Associate Editor of the international journal, Research in Dance Education. Dr. Risner is the recipient of numerous awards including the WSU Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Outstanding Dance Education Researcher Award and the Visionary in Dance Award from the National Dance Education Organization, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Dance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2017). The Doug Risner Prize for Emerging Dance Researchers was established in 2016 by the Journal of Dance Education to honor Dr. Risner’s commitment to excellence in research and research education. His forthcoming book, Dancing Across the Life Span: Age & Age-Related Issues in Dance will be published in 2019.
Scholarly Books Published
Risner, D. (2009) Stigma and Perseverance in the Lives of Boys Who Dance: An Empirical Study of Male Identities in Western Theatrical Dance Training. Mellen Press, Studies in Dance Series. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, Ltd.
Anderson, M., and D. Risner. (2014) (Eds.) Hybrid Lives of Teaching Artists in Dance and Theatre Arts: A Critical Reader. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.
Risner, D., with J. Kerr-Berry. (2015) (Ed.) Gender, Sexuality and Identity: Critical Issues in Dance Education. New York: Routledge.
Oliver, W., and D. Risner. (2017) (Eds.) Dance and Gender: An Evidence-Based Approach. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.
Risner, D. & K. Schupp (forthcoming, 2019) (Eds.) Case Studies in Dance Education: Ethical Dilemmas in Humanizing Dance Pedagogy. Contracted, McFarland & Co.
Risner, D, & Musil, P. (2017) Leadership and Gender in Postsecondary Dance: An Exploratory Survey of Dance Administrators in the United States. In W. Oliver & D. Risner (Eds.) Dance and Gender: An Evidence-Based Approach (pp. 158-183). Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.
Gard, M., & Risner, D. (2011) Dance and Social Inclusion: Possibilities and Challenges. In R. Bailey & K. Armour (Eds.) Inclusion and Exclusion through Youth Sport (pp. 246-259). London: Routledge.
Risner, D. (2014). Bullying Victimization and Social Support of Adolescent Male Dance Students: An Analysis of Findings. In L. Stanley (Ed.) Dance in Education (pp. 12-22). London: Routledge.
Risner, D. (2010) Dancing Boys’ Lives: A Study of Male Participation in Pre-Professional Dance Training & Education in the U.S. In L. Overby & B. Lepczyk (Eds.) Dance: Current Selected Research, Volume 7 (pp. 179-204). Brooklyn, NY: AMS Press.
Risner, D. (2010) Focus on Writing: A Summary Paper Approach. In W. Oliver (Ed.) Dance Writing Handbook: Journals to Essays (pp. 33-65). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Risner, D. (2009) What We Know About Boys Who Dance: The Limitations of Contemporary Masculinity & Dance Education. In A. Shay & J. Fisher (Eds.) When Men Dance: Choreographing Masculinities across Borders (pp. 57-77). New York: Oxford University Press.
Risner, D. (2008) When Boys Dance: Cultural Resistance in Dance Education. In S. Shapiro (Ed.) Dance in a World of Change: Examining Globalization and Cultural Differences (pp. 93-115). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Journal Articles Published
Risner, D. & Barr, S. (2018). Tenure Trials in Postsecondary Dance: The Basics of Your Case. Dance Education in Practice 4(2): 33-37.
Risner, D. (2018). Gender Inequities in Dance Education: Asking New Questions. Dance Education in Practice 4(1): 25-31.
Risner, D. (2017). Motion and Marking in Reflective Practice: Artifacts, Autobiographical Narrative and Sexuality. Reprint, Journal of Dance Education 17(3): 91-98; original: Reflective Practice 2002, 3(1): 5-19.
Risner, D., and P. Musil. (2017). Leadership Narratives in Postsecondary Dance Leadership: Voices, Values and Gender Variations. Journal of Dance Education, 17(2):158-183.
Risner, D. (2015). Research, Design and Implementation of an Internship Course in Dance. Journal of Dance Education, 15(2): 60-71.
Risner, D., and S. Barr. (2015). Troubling Methods-Centered “Teacher Production”: Social Foundations in Dance Education Teacher Preparation. Arts Education Policy Review, 116(2): 78-91.
Barr, S., and D. Risner. (2015). Weaving Social Foundations in Dance Pedagogy: A Pedagogy of Uncovering. Journal of Dance Education, 14(4): 136-145.
Risner, D., and M. Anderson. (2015). The Credential Question: Attitudes of Dance and Theatre Teaching Artists. Teaching Artist Journal, 13(1): 28-35.
Risner, D. (2014). A Case Study of “Empathetic Teaching Artistry.” Teaching Artist Journal, 12(2): 82-88.
Risner, D. (2014). Bullying Victimization and Social Support of Adolescent Male Dance Students: An Analysis of Findings. Research in Dance Education, 15(2): 179-201.
Risner, D. (2014). Hold on to this! Strategies for Teacher Feedback in Online Dance Courses. Journal of Dance Education, 14(2): 52-58.
Risner, D. (2014). Gender Problems in Western Theatrical Dance: Little Girls, Big Sissies, and the “Baryshnikov Complex.” International Journal of Education & the Arts, 15(10): 1-22.
Risner, D. (2014). Interdisciplinary Teaching Artists: Moving Dialogue. Journal of Dance Education, 15(1): 33-38.
Risner, D. (2013) An Editor’s Journey: Collaboration, Mentorship, and Service. Journal of Dance Education, 13(1): 1-3.
Anderson, M., and D. Risner (2013). ‘Art Life in Acton’: A Case Study of a Teaching Artist in Theatre. Teaching Artist Journal, 11(3): 139-146.
Anderson, M., Risner, D., and M. Butterworth (2013). The Praxis of Teaching Artists in Theatre and Dance: International Perspectives on Preparation, Practice and Professional Identity. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 14(5).
Risner, D. (2013) Curriculum Revision in Practice: Designing a Liberal Arts Degree in Dance Professions. Journal of Dance Education, 13(2): 56-60.
Anderson, M., and D. Risner. (2012) A Survey of Teaching Artists in Dance and Theatre: Implications for Preparation, Curriculum and Professional Degree Programs. Arts Education Policy Review, 113(1): 1-16.
Risner, D., and M. Anderson. (2012) The Highly Satisfied Teaching Artist in Dance: A Case Study. Teaching Artist Journal, 10(2): 94–101.
Risner, D. (2012) Hybrid Lives of Teaching Artistry: A Survey of Teaching Artists in Dance in the United States. Research in Dance Education, 13(2): 175-193.
Risner, D. and Stinson, S. (2010) Moving Social Justice in Dance Pedagogy: Possibilities, Fears and Challenges. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 11(6). Retrieved 4-15-2010 from http://www.ijea.org/v11n6/
Risner, D. (2010) Dance Education Matters: Rebuilding Postsecondary Dance Education for Twenty-first Century Relevance and Resonance. Arts Education Policy Review, 111(4): 123-135.
Risner, D. (2010) The Rise and Fall of Postsecondary Dance Education: Charting an Expansive Recovery. Journal of Dance Education, 10(4): 97-105.