Head shot of Willette Middleton
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, N.C., 2019
  • Master of Science, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, N.C., 2009
  • Bachelor of Science, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, N.C., 2005

Willette Middleton comes to Springfield College with 15 years of experience working in municipal community recreation. Middleton attributes her passion for recreation and youth and sport development from her time working in community recreation agencies. Middleton’s teaching approach is fueled by years of experiential analysis of community recreation relationships and its effects on both individuals and larger systems. She believes in inspiring learners to examine and comprehend the function of race, class, gender, and other power dynamics in community agencies, especially recreation. Therefore, she challenges learners to gain insight into bigger social issues as it relates to recreation, community, and youth development practices. 


Research Interests

  • Youth Sport Equity
  • Community Recreation
  • Youth Development Practices
  • Sport Social Theory

Courses Taught

  • Building Competencies in Community Youth Work
  • Alternative Theories in Youth Development
  • Transformative Cross-Culture Youth Leadership