My research focuses on the role of out-of-school time recreation (e.g., sport, summer camps, after-school programs) in positive youth development, and on the development of active lifestyles in youth and young adults.
Lab Manager, Golf Teaching and Researching Center (GTRC)
Matt teaches several of the core course in RPTM focusing on recreation management. He also oversees the internship program for the Penn State PGA Golf Management students, and teaching in the player development program.
The purpose of my research is to understand ways to support people who encounter challenges to experiencing leisure. I teach about inclusive leisure services, leisure philosophy and theories, and research methods.
My research interests focus on biodiversity conservation, sustainable community development, and nature-based tourism. I explore these themes through the lenses of environmental anthropology, the anthropology of tourism, and conservation psychology.
Assistant Teaching Professor
Director, RPTM Student Success Center
My focus is on the support and development of undergraduate students as they develop the career path in RPTM. I oversee advising, engaged learning activities, professional skill development and internship in the department.
My research focuses on national parks and protected areas, transboundary conservation area management, human and wildlife co-existence, and the impacts of tourism on biodiversity conservation and community development.
Associate Teaching Professor
Director, PGA Golf Management Program
I serve as an Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the PGA Golf Management Program. Our goal is to mentor and educate future alumni and PGA Members. Since 1997, I have mentored over 600 students who are now alumni.