Faculty and Research
The world-class faculty in Penn State’s Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management Department actively engage in cutting-edge research that expands the body of knowledge in our field, while also acting as mentors to our graduate students.
In keeping with our innovative and interdisciplinary mission in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, the research possibilities here are extensive and diverse, covering domains such as the efficacy and communication of "leave no trace" principles, urban park and conservation non-profit management, the biomechanics of golf, environmental anthropology, post-expedition adjustment and reverse culture shock, the historical developments of experiential adventure learning — and much more.
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.
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.
Professor-in-Charge of Graduate Studies
My research focuses on promoting community and individual well-being in low-wealth urban areas.
Lab Manager, Golf Teaching and Researching Center (GTRC)
I teach about inclusive leisure services, leisure philosophy and theories, and research methods.
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.
Darla is an integral part of the entire Penn State PGA Golf Management Program.
My interests lie at the intersections environmental anthropology, the anthropology of tourism, and conservation psychology.
My research focuses on mainly on social science aspects of parks and conservation area management. Areas of inquiry include visitor use management, visitor behaviors, human-wildlife relationships, and environmental communication (interpretation/education). More broadly my rese
I strive to develop research-driven solutions to crises that address reduction, readiness, response, and recovery issues in local, national, and global tourism communities.
Assistant Director, PGA Golf Management Program
Internship Coordinator, PGA Golf Management Program
I take pride in helping students find their passion through education and mentoring, encouraging exploration and learning at Penn State and beyond.
My research strives to improve understanding of communication strategies aimed at influencing human and environmental health regarding protected areas.
Director, PGA Golf Management Program