Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management (RPTM) Faculty Directory

Pete Allison
Associate Professor: Values and Experiential Learning
2002, Ph.D., Jordanhill Campus, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
1994, B.A., Jordanhill Campus, Univeristy of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Research Interests:

Values and Experiential Learning including:  Youth Development through Sail Training, Cross Cultural Education (Connecting Cultures), Expeditions (Wilderness), Post Expedition Adjustment and Reverse Culture Shock, Historical Developments of Experiential Adventure Learning (Kurt Hahn, John Dewey, Aristotle (especially Phronesis), Ethical Dilemmas and Personal and Social Development

Birgitta Baker
Associate Professor in RPTM and Professor-in-Charge of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Brigham Young University
BHK University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Research Interests:

Predictors and Outcomes of Physical Activity Behavior in Children and Young Adults

The Role of Parks and Recreation in Promoting Health and Community Development

Matt Bakowicz
Instructor PGM/RPTM
Research Interests:

John Dattilo
1984 Ph.D., University of Illinois Leisure Studies
1981 M.S., University of Arizona Recreation
1977 B.S., Penn State Recreation and Parks
1977 B.S., Penn State Education of Exceptional Children
Research Interests:

Effects of interventions on self-determination of people with disabilities and older adults relative to their leisure involvement

Alan Graefe
Ph.D., from Texas A&M University
Research Interests:

Outdoor recreation behavior and management, human dimensions of natural resources, water-based recreation carrying capacity

Eric Handley
Senior Instructor
B.S., North Carolina State University
Master's, North Carolina State University
Research Interests:

Golfer performance

Biomechanics of golf

Golf fitness & functional movement

Player development

Golf equipment

Golf Operations Management

Carter A. Hunt
Assistant Professor, Courtesy Appointment in Anthropology
Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Anthropology, Stanford University, Department of Anthropology & Woods Institute for the Environment, 2009-2012
Ph.D., Texas A & M University, Recreation, Park and Tourism Science (Tourism Resource Development), 2009
M.S., Texas A & M University, Recreation, Park and Tourism Science (Natural Resource Management), 2003
B.A., University of Kentucky, Psychology, 1997
Research Interests:

Tourism-supported biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development, impacts of tourism on both destination communities and on travelers, environmental anthropology, Latin America.

Patricia Kleban
Undergraduate Coordinator, Senior Instructor
M.S., 1991 The Pennsylvania State University, Leisure Studies
B.S.,1982 The Pennsylvania State University, Recreation and Parks
Research Interests:

Andrew J. Mowen
Professor and Professor-in-Charge of Honors Programs, RPTM
Ph.D., 1999, The Pennsylvania State University, Leisure Studies
M.S., 1994, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Forestry and Forest Products
B.S.,1992, The Pennsylvania State University, Leisure Studies (with Honors)
Research Interests:

The health contribution of park and outdoor recreation investments and policies

Public attitudes toward park and conservation funding strategies

Urban park and conservation non-profit management

Peter Newman
Department Head/Professor
Ph.D. Natural Resources, University of Vermont
M.S. Forest Resource Management, SUNY ESF - SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
B.A. Political Science, University of Rochester
Research Interests:

Visitor management to protected areas

Soundscape/acoustic management in parks

Transportation management and planning

Efficacy and communication of "leave no trace" principles

Bing Pan
Associate Professor of Commercial Recreation and Tourism
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
M.S., Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
B. E., Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
Research Interests:

Big data in recreation and tourism, uses of information technologies in tourism industry, information systems, online behavior, and consumer behavior in tourism

Kathleen Raupach
M.S., 2000, The Pennsylvania State University, Leisure Studies
B.S., 1990, The Pennsylvania State University, Recreation and Parks
Research Interests:

Brian Soule'
M.S., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Sport and Leisure Service Management
B.S., Clemson University, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Research Interests:

Determinants of Academic Achievement Among PGA Golf Management Students Students Intention to Successfully Complete the PGA Golf Management Curriculum Effects of Student Involvement in Student Clubs and Organizations on Academic Achievement

Derrick Taff
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University
M.A., American Studies, University of Alabama
B.A., Wilderness Recreation, University of Alabama
Research Interests:

My research focuses upon communication as it pertains to visitor-use management, human behaviors, and social and ecological wellbeing in parks and protected areas.
I am currently researching communication as it pertains to perceptions and behaviors regarding Leave No Trace in Rocky Mountain National Park, City of Boulder Colorado Open Space and Mountain Parks, Pennsylvania State Forests, and at Shaver’s Creek Outdoor School; examining social and ecological wellbeing through the Healthy Parks Healthy People Program in Gettysburg and Catoctin Mountain National Parks; exploring the role of nature-based recreation with military veteran populations; collaborating with recreation ecologists to examine use and monitor ecological heath in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument; and working with other social scientists and ecologists examining coupled human-natural systems through a National Science Foundation-funded soundscapes project at Muir Woods National Monument and Grand Teton National Park. Finally, I serve as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.

Kristin Thomas
Instructor in Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
Ph.D., Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, The Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Education Leadership in Student Affairs, Eastern Michigan University
B.A., Public Relations, French Minor, Eastern Michigan University
Research Interests:

My research focuses on meaning-making, learning, and motivations and expectations during travel experiences (educational, heritage, and virtual) using qualitative and mixed-methods.  I have presented research findings at national and international conferences including Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, CIEE, The Forum on Education Abroad, PaCIE, and the Michigan College Student Personnel Assocation. I have three articles in process:  Can Tourism and Education Abroad Mix?; The Awe in Awesome in Education Abroad; Old influences and Blurred Lines:  Student, tourist, and traveler, as needed.

Burch Wilkes
Senior Instructor and Director, PGA Golf Management (PGM) Program
Ph.D., 2008, The Pennsylvania State University, Recreation, Park and Tourism Management
M.S., 1994, The Pennsylvania State University, Leisure Studies
Research Interests:

Intentions to Revisit
Constraint Negotiation
Buyer Behavior
Golfer's Attitudes Toward Slow Play

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