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Kristin Thomas
Kristin Thomas
Assistant Teaching Professor in Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
Meetings and Event Management Certificate Faculty Coordinator, RPTM
Summary Statement

Infusing her experience in event and program management, marketing and international education into the classroom, Kristin aims to inspire students to push themselves academically.

  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
  • Undergraduate Program
  • Internships
  • Meetings and Events Management Certificate - MEMC
  • Travel and Tourism Behavior
  • Travel and Tourism Research Group
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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.