Andrew J. Mowen 

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Professor and Professor-in-Charge of Honors Programs, RPTM

Contact Information

704A Donald H. Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-867-1751


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

Selected Publications

Mowen, A. J., Barrett, A. G., Graefe, A. R., Kraschnewski, J. L., & Sciamanna, C. N. (2017). “Take in two parks and call me in the morning”– Perception of parks as an essential component of our healthcare system. Preventive Medicine Reports, 6, 63-65.

Pitas, N. A., Hickerson, B. D., Koerte, T., Kerstetter, D., & Mowen, A. J. (2017). “A unifying force in the community”: Perceptions of a neighborhood park renovation. Community Development, 48(3), 420-435.

Mowen, A. J., & Rung, A. L. (2016). Park-based social capital: Are there variations across visitors with different socio-demographic characteristics and behaviours?, Leisure/Loisir, 40(3), 297-324.

Pitas, N. A. D., Mowen, A. J., Liechty, T., & Trauntvein, N. (2015). "Proceed with caution": Public perceptions regarding corporate sponsorship of park and recreation services. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 33(4), 1-15.

Mowen, A. J., Hickerson, B. D., & Kaczynski, A. T. (2013). Beyond the ribbon cutting: The impact of a neighborhood park renovation on visitor experiences, behaviors, and evaluations. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 31(1), 57-77.

Broyles, S. T., Mowen, A. J., Theall, K. P., Gustat, J., & Rung, A. L. (2011). Integrating social capital into a park use and active living framework. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 40(5), 522‐529.

Mowen, A. J., Payne, L. L., Orsega‐Smith, E., & Godbey, G. C. (2009). Assessing the health partnership practices of park and recreation organizations: Findings and implications from a national survey. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 27(3), 116‐131.

Mowen, A. J., Kerstetter, D. L., Trauntvein, N. E., & Graefe, A R. (2009). What factors shape visitor support for the privatization of park services and amenities? Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 27(2), 33‐45.

Mowen, A. J., Kyle, G. T., & Jackowski, M. (2007). Citizen preferences for the corporate sponsorship of public‐sector park and recreation organizations. Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing, 18(2), 93‐117.

Bedimo‐Rung, A. L., Mowen, A. J., & Cohen, D. (2005). The significance of parks to physical activity and public health: A conceptual model. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 28(2S2), 159‐168.

Courses Taught

RPTM 435 Recreation & Park Facility Planning and Management

RPTM 470 Recreation & Park Management

RPTM 530 Research Methods in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management

RPTM 560 Administrative Problems of Leisure Service Organizations

RPTM 597A Scholarly Writing in Leisure Studies

Curriculum Vitae

Andrew Mowen vitae

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Contexts and Social Institutions