When I’m not in the mountains or volunteering, my day job is centred in the world of academics. Currently, I am a full-time researcher/writer in the area of teaching and learning at Lethbridge College as well as an instructor in the School of Liberal Arts. I am also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Lethbridge.
My research interests focus on the history of sport and leisure in Canada, in particular, gender construction and the sport of angling prior to the mid-twentieth century. I also have an interest in the development of sports such as lacrosse and anything to do with the history of mountains.
I also guest lecture for the Department of History, the Department of Kinesiology, and for various community groups.
Kossuth, Robert and McMurray, David. “Reclaiming Canada through its ‘Ancient’ Sport: Lacrosse and the Native Sons of Canada in late 1920s Alberta”. The International Journal of the History of Sport, Vol. 32, Issue 14, 2015, 1642-1660.
McMurray David. “‘The Charm of Being Loose and Free:’ Nineteenth-Century Fisherwomen in the North American Wilderness”. The International Journal of the History of Sport, Vol. 30 Issue 12, April 2013, 1-27.
McMurray, David. “‘A Recreation Which Many Ladies Delight In’: Establishing a Tradition of Fisherwomen in Britain and North America Prior to the Mid-Nineteenth Century”. Sport History Review, Vol. 43 Issue 2, November 2012, 128-156.
McMurray, David. “‘Rivaling the Gentleman in the Gentle Art’: The Authority of the Victorian Woman Angler”. Sport History Review, Vol. 39, Issue 2, November 2008, 99-126.
Academic Conference Papers
McMurray, David and Kossuth, Robert. “‘In the woods of Canada, equality with our brothers and husbands awaits us…’ Gender and Class Constructions in the Sport of Angling on the Frontier Canadian West. Presentation at the Forty-Second Annual Convention of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH), Glenwood Springs, Colorado, May 30-June 2, 2014.
Kossuth, Robert and McMurray, David. “Reclaiming Canada through its ‘Ancient’ Sport? Lacrosse and the Native Sons of Canada in late 1920s Alberta”. Presentation at the Forty-First Annual Convention of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH), Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 24 – 27, 2013.
2016 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award – Leadership in Learning.
2007 University of Lethbridge, Graduate Studies Medal of Merit for Academic Excellence
2006 Government of Alberta, Graduate Student Award for Academic Excellence
2006 Keith and Hope Ferguson Memorial Scholarship