Ryan Gower is the director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism at the University of Illinois. His research line explores issues related to student learning, professionalism, and curriculum development.
He is a lecturer for several undergraduate courses and coordinates the capstone internship experience. As the codirector of the Office of Alumni and Career Services, he is developing programs and initiatives that will reconnect alumni with the department and the undergraduate population.
He has served the department as the undergraduate academic adviser and has provided leadership and service on several departmental and campus-wide committees.
Gower is the recipient of the 2007 University of Illinois Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, as well as the Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction Award from the College of Applied Life Science.