Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management (RPTM) Faculty Directory

Linda Caldwell
Professor
Ph.D., from University of Maryland
Research Interests:

Youth development through leisure, leisure and health, and prevention

lindac@psu.edu

Garry Chick
Professor
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
Research Interests:

Leisure and culture; Leisure, culture & health, The culture-behavior relationship, Play theory

gchick@psu.edu

John Dattilo
Professor
1984 Ph.D., University of Illinois Leisure Studies
1981 M.S., University of Arizona Recreation
1977 B.S., Penn State Recreation and Parks
1977 B.S., Penn State Education of Exceptional Children
Research Interests:

Effects of interventions on self-determination of people with disabilities and older adults relative to their leisure involvement

jxd8@psu.edu

Alan Graefe
Professor
Ph.D., from Texas A&M University
Research Interests:

Outdoor recreation behavior and management, human dimensions of natural resources, water-based recreation carrying capacity

gyu@psu.edu

Eric Handley
Instructor
M.S., from the North Carolina State University
Research Interests:
esh12@psu.edu

Benjamin D. Hickerson
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, North Carolina State University
M.S., Kinesiology and Recreation, Illinois State
B.S., Business Administration, Illinois State
Research Interests:

Correlates of physical activity in built and natural environments, physical activity in youth summer camps, leisure and technology

bdh14@psu.edu

Camilla Hodge
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management, North Carolina State University
M.S., Youth and Family Recreation, Brigham Young University
B.A., Communications - Print Journalism, Brigham Young University
Research Interests:

Family leisure and recreation, sibling recreation and relationships, leisure and health, technology and recreation

cjhodge@psu.edu

Carter A. Hunt
Assistant Professor
Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Anthropology, Stanford University, Department of Anthropology & Woods Institute for the Environment, 2009-2012
Ph.D., Texas A & M University, Recreation, Park and Tourism Science (Tourism Resource Development), 2009
M.S., Texas A & M University, Recreation, Park and Tourism Science (Natural Resource Management), 2003
B.A., University of Kentucky, Psychology, 1997
Research Interests:

Tourism-supported biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development, impacts of tourism on both destination communities and on travelers, environmental anthropology, Latin America.

cahunt@psu.edu

Deborah Kerstetter
Professor and Professor-in-Charge of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, Recreation and Parks
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, Recreation and Parks
B.A., California State University
Research Interests:

Decision making behavior, impacts of tourism, women and leisure, constraints

debk@psu.edu

Patricia Kleban
Undergraduate Coordinator, Senior Instructor
M.S., 1991 The Pennsylvania State University, Leisure Studies
B.S.,1982 The Pennsylvania State University, Recreation and Parks
Research Interests:
plk4@psu.edu

Stephanie (Stevie) Lovell
Instructor
M.S., 1983, The Pennsylvania State University, Recreation and Parks
B.S., 1976, The Pennsylvania State University, Recreation and Parks
Research Interests:
ssl1@psu.edu

Andrew Mowen
Associate Professor and Professor-in-Charge of Honors Programs, RPTM
Ph.D., 1999, The Pennsylvania State University, Leisure Studies
M.S., 1994, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Forestry and Forest Products
B.S.,1992, The Pennsylvania State University, Leisure Studies (with Honors)
Research Interests:

-The health contribution of parks and outdoor recreation

-Public attitudes toward park and conservation funding strategies

amowen@psu.edu

Peter Newman
Department Head/Professor
Ph.D. Natural Resources, University of Vermont
M.S. Forest Resource Management, SUNY ESF - SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
B.A. Political Science, University of Rochester
Research Interests:

Visitor management to protected areas

Soundscape/acoustic management in parks

Transportation management and planning

Efficacy and communication of "leave no trace" principles

pbn3@psu.edu

Kathleen Raupach
Instructor
M.S., 2000, The Pennsylvania State University, Leisure Studies
B.S., 1990, The Pennsylvania State University, Recreation and Parks
Research Interests:
kjr103@psu.edu

Brian Soule'
Instructor
M.S., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Sport and Leisure Service Management
B.S., Clemson University, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Research Interests:

Determinants of Academic Achievement Among PGA Golf Management Students Students Intention to Successfully Complete the PGA Golf Management Curriculum Effects of Student Involvement in Student Clubs and Organizations on Academic Achievement

bjs48@psu.edu

Derrick Taff
Research Associate/Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University
M.A., American Studies, University of Alabama
B.A., Wilderness Recreation, University of Alabama
Research Interests:

Visitor-use management in parks and protected areas, perceptions of soundscapes, Leave No Trace practices, crowding, alternative transportation, information sources, and the role of natural sounds on human health

bdt3@psu.edu

Burch Wilkes
Senior Instructor and Director, PGA Golf Management (PGM) Program
Ph.D., 2008, The Pennsylvania State University, Recreation, Park and Tourism Management
M.S., 1994, The Pennsylvania State University, Leisure Studies
Research Interests:

Intentions to Revisit
Constraints
Constraint Negotiation
Buyer Behavior
Golfer's Attitudes Toward Slow Play

gbw104@psu.edu

Careen Yarnal
Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2003, The Pennsylvania State University, Leisure Studies
M.Sc., 1979, University of Calgary, Canada, Geography
M.A., 1976, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Geography
Research Interests:

Adult Play and Playfulness and Positive Aging, Women’s Leisure Across the Lifespan, College Student Use of Leisure Time and Excess Alcohol Consumption, Academic Approaches to Addressing College Student Excess Alcohol Consumption

cmy122@psu.edu

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