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Debby Singleton

Debby Singleton


College of Education and Allied Professions

Human Services

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3971
Office: 122-J Reid Gymnasium Building


Originally from Virginia, Debby has lived in North Carolina, Maine, Georgia, and Oregon while pursuing career opportunities in health, wellness, fitness, outdoor pursuits, and commercial recreation. Debby’s teaching career in higher education began at University of North Carolina-Asheville where she coordinated the Wellness Program for the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement and taught in the undergraduate health and fitness program. Prior to her position as an instructor in the Parks & Recreation Management program at WCU, Debby also worked as a fitness/wellness director for a private sports club, a small liberal arts college, and as WCU’s Fitness Director from 1996-1999. She spent over 16 years in the ski industry as an instructor, trainer, supervisor and five years as the ski school director for Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, NC. Her outdoor industry experience includes retail, raft and cycling guide, rental site manager, special event staff and mountain bike race series director. For her personal leisure and wellness pursuits, Debby enjoys traveling, hiking, backpacking, running, cycling, stand up paddling, whitewater paddling, painting, drawing, and playing piano.


  • CERT, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Public Health
  • MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Physical Education: Exercise Science
  • BS, Longwood University, Health & Physical Education: K-12

Teaching Interests

Debby’s teaching background includes courses in Leadership & Group Dynamics, Active Recreation & Leisure, Nature Rx, Snowsports Management, Stand Up Paddling, Adventure Based Physical Education, Physical Activity & Aging, Health & Wellness, Fitness Concepts, Entrepreneurship & Commercial Recreation, Management and Administration of PRM, Adventure Travel, Professional Planning in PRM, Capstone Internship preparation and supervision, and a variety of activity based courses.

Research Interests

Debby is actively involved with a variety of recreation, health & wellness based projects in the local community designed to increase access to outdoor recreation and physical activity in youth and adults. These include before and after school walking/running clubs, increasing physical activity in the classroom setting, creating and enhancing school employee wellness programs, and providing opportunities for youth to experience the outdoors through active leisure pursuits. She has delivered over 40 presentations and workshops at regional, state and national conferences due to her expertise in active learning strategies, experiential education, physical activity, leisure pursuits and wellness. With her years of experience in the fitness and outdoor industry sector, Debby is a sought after consultant and collaborator for regional projects and agencies.

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