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Assistant Professor
Summary Statement

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.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Associate Professor
Summary Statement

My main interests are around values and experiential learning. I am particularly interested in expeditions and the kinds of experiences that people report to be significant.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Associate Professor
Summary Statement

My research focuses on promoting community and individual well-being in low-wealth urban areas.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Instructor
Lab Manager, Golf Teaching and Researching Center (GTRC)
Summary Statement

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.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Graduate Program Assistant
Summary Statement

Priscilla is the administrative assistant for the RPTM Graduate Program and for Faculty Affairs.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Student Services Assistant
Administrative Assistant
Internship Program Assistant
RPTM Social Media Coordinator
Summary Statement

Lori is the Staff Assistant for the RPTM Student Success Center.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Professor
Summary Statement

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.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Administrative Coordinator
Summary Statement

Marcella is the administrative coordinator for RPTM.  She manages the operational, gift and research finances, HR related processes, supervises full and part time administrative staff and serves as the Department Head's assistant.

Department
  • Administration
Professor
Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Director, Golf Teaching and Research Center
Senior Instructor
Summary Statement

Eric oversees all of the functions of the Golf Teaching & Research Center, including research projects, player development programs, club fittings, golf instruction classes for the Penn State PGA Golf Management students, and detailed swing analysis for the general public.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Administrative Assistant
Summary Statement

Darla is an integral part of the entire Penn State PGA Golf Management Program.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Undergraduate Academic Adviser
Summary Statement

My personal philosophy is to treat every student the way I would want my son or daughter to be treated and to approach advising holistically.

Department
  • Advising
Associate Professor
Summary Statement

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.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Assistant Teaching Professor
Director, RPTM Student Success Center
Summary Statement

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.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Assistant Research Professor in Applied Biomechanics
Summary Statement

Samuel Masters' research interests are in furthering the development of biomechanics and our understanding of human motion dynamics.

Department
  • Kinesiology - KINES
Instructor
Summary Statement

Dan is the Head of Coaching and Player Development in the Golf Teaching and Research Center. He also teaches a general education requirement golf courses for KINES.

Department
  • Golf Teaching and Research Center - GTRC
Professor and Professor-in-Charge of Honors Programs, RPTM
Summary Statement

My teaching and research interests focus on state and community park and recreation services in terms of their funding and their health outcomes.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Department Head/Professor
Summary Statement

Peter Newman is Professor and Head of the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management with a joint faculty appointment in the Graduate Degree Program in Acoustics. Peter Newman studies visitor management in parks and related areas.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Associate Professor of Commercial Recreation and Tourism
Summary Statement

I am interested in investigating the marketing, the economics, and the benefits of the travel and tourism phenomenon with data analytics.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Instructor
Summary Statement

I enjoy teaching students how to enhance the quality of life of those we serve through community events and inclusive programming.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Assistant Professor
Summary Statement

I strive to develop research-driven solutions to crises that address reduction, readiness, response, and recovery issues in local, national, and global tourism communities.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Assistant Teaching Professor
Assistant Director, PGA Golf Management Program
Internship Coordinator, PGA Golf Management Program
Summary Statement

I take pride in helping students find their passion through education and mentoring, encouraging exploration and learning at Penn State and beyond.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Assistant Professor
Professor-in-Charge of Graduate Studies
Summary Statement

My research strives to improve understanding of communication strategies aimed at influencing human and environmental health regarding protected areas.

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Assistant Teaching Professor in Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Associate Teaching Professor
Director, PGA Golf Management Program
Undergraduate Professor-in-Charge
Summary Statement

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. 

Department
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM