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Kristin Thomas
Kristin Thomas
Assistant Teaching Professor in Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
  • Undergraduate Program
  • Internships
  • Meetings and Events Management Certificate - MEMC
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  • 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
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Office Address
The Pennsylvania State University
701D Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
Professional Experience

I have approximately eleven years in event and co-curricular program planning and development.  Six of those years, I focused on intercultural student development while working in the University Office of Global Programs and developed the Global Engagement and Leadership Development and the First-year Global Engagement programs. For five years, I served as a guest lecturer and co-leader of a short-term study abroad program for undergraduate students participating in the Leading Edge Academic Program (LEAP) at the Pennsylvania State University.

Grants and Research Projects

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.