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Mat Duerden

Associate Professor,
Experience Design and Management

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Mat is an Associate Professor of Experience Design and Management at Brigham Young University. His teaching focuses on experience design and design thinking. His research focuses on experience design in both work and non-work contexts. Mat’s publications have appeared in a variety of journals including Leisure Sciences, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Journal of Adolescent Research and Journal of Leisure Research. Mat Duerden received a Ph.D. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Youth and Family Recreation from Brigham Young University. Mat is married to Chenae Duerden and they have four children, Jackson, Layla, Cooper, and Adele.


  • PhD, Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2009
  • MS, Youth and Family Recreation, Brigham Young University, 2006
  • BA, German, Brigham Young University, 2003

Group Affiliations

  • Academy of Management — The Academy of Management is the preeminent professional association for management and organization scholars. Our worldwide members are professors and Ph.D. students in business schools at universities, academics in related social science and other fields, and practitioners who value knowledge creation and application. Founded in 1936, our global community today is nearly 20,000 strong, spanning 115 countries. — 2016–2017
  • National Recreation and Park Association — 2005–2016

Selected Publications

  • "Ecology of family experiences: Contextualizing family leisure for human development and family relations", Journal of Leisure Research, 2020
  • "Designing Experiences", Designing Experiences, Page 205, Columbia Business School Publishing, New York, 2019
  • "From ordinary to extraordinary: A framework of experience types", Journal of Leisure Research, Edition 3-5, Volume 49, Pages 196-216, 2018
  • "Leisure at work and employee flourishing", Journal of Leisure Research, Edition 3-5, Volume 49, Pages 311-332, 2018
  • "Why people play at work: A theoretical examination of leisure-at-work", Leisure Sciences, Edition 6, Volume 40, Pages 634-648, 2018
  • "Conceptualizing structured experiences: Seeking interdisciplinary integration", Journal of Leisure Research, Edition 5, Volume 47, Pages 601-620, 2015
  • "The impact of camp employment on the workforce development of emerging adults", Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Edition 1, Volume 32, Pages 26-44, 2014
  • "The impact of direct and indirect experiences on the development of environmental knowledge, attitudes and behavior", Journal of Environmental Psychology, Edition 4, Volume 30, Pages 379-392, 2010
  • "Experience design and the origins and aims of leisure studies: Shifting the focus from context to experience", Journal of Leisure Research


Academic - Post-Secondary

  • Assistant Professor - Extension Specialist, Texas A&M University, 2010–2012
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Texas A&M University, 2009–2010


  • Visiting Scholar, Business School, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2019
  • Alumni Research Fellow, BYU Marriott School, 2016


  • German

BYU Citizenship

  • Department Curriculum Coordinator — Committee/Council Chair — August 2019
  • Design Thinking Minor Faculty Committee — Committee/Council Member — January 2018
  • New Faculty Advisory Committee — Committee/Council Member — October 2017

Professional Citizenship

  • Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Editor, Associate Editor, August 2016
  • Leisure Sciences, Editor, Associate Editor, February 2013–December 2018