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Associate 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.

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  • 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.

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Undergraduate Administrative Assistant
Summary Statement

Deanna is the administrative assistant for the RPTM Undergraduate Program.

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  • 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.

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Academic Adviser
Summary Statement

Laura is the academic adviser for the RPTM undergraduate program.  

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Associate Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management and Anthropology
Director, Dual-title Transdisciplinary Research on Environment and Society (TREES)
Director, Intercollegiate Minor in Sustainability Leadership (SUSLD)
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.

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Associate 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.

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Assistant Professor
Summary Statement

My research aims to help empower and elevate the voices of all members of future and current generations to tackle complex global issues.

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Academic Adviser
Summary Statement

Skylar is the academic adviser for the Shaver's Creek and RPTM undergraduate programs.

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Assistant Professor
Summary Statement

My work is committed to the protection of souls of Black youth. I work with communities to understand how the racial identities of Black youth are shaped and the seek to understand how recreation can be leveraged to positively impact this process.

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Assistant Professor
Summary Statement

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.

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Associate Teaching Professor
Assistant Director, PGA Golf Management Program
Director, RPTM World Campus Programs
Summary Statement

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

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Associate 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.

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Associate Teaching Professor
Meetings and Event Management Certificate Faculty Coordinator, RPTM
Faculty Senate, Senator
Summary Statement

I intertwine my research on in and out of classroom experiences (mostly, international) with my teaching approach by bringing the out-of-class learning experience into the classroom.

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Director, PGA Golf Management Program
Teaching Professor
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. 

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