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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.

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Jennifer Agans
Jennifer P. Agans
Assistant Professor
Department
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM Graduate Program Undergraduate Program
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814-867-1715
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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.

Pete Allison
Pete Allison
Associate Professor
Department
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM Undergraduate Program Graduate Program
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814-867-1751
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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.

Birgitta Baker
Birgitta Baker
Associate Professor
Professor-in-Charge of Graduate Studies
Department
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM Graduate Program Graduate Professor-in-Charge
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814-867-1751
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Summary Statement

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

John Dattilo
John Dattilo
Professor
Department
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM Undergraduate Program Graduate Program
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814-867-1751
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Summary Statement

I teach about inclusive leisure services, leisure philosophy and theories, and research methods.

Carter Hunt
Carter A. Hunt
Assistant Professor
Department
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM Undergraduate Program Graduate Program Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment - HDNRE
Phone
Fax
814-867-1751
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Summary Statement

My interests lie at the intersections environmental anthropology, the anthropology of tourism, and conservation psychology.

Derrick Taff
B. Derrick Taff
Assistant Professor
Department
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM Undergraduate Program Graduate Program
Phone
Fax
814-867-1751
Email
Summary Statement

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