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Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
The Pennsylvania State University
801 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802

RPTMinfo@psu.edu | 814-865-1851 | fax: 814-867-1751

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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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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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Assistant Professor
Summary Statement

Black Reed’s research focuses on the role of out-of-school time programs in promoting justice-oriented youth in marginalized populations and how these programs can foster social consciousness and positive development.

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Undergraduate Administrative Assistant
Summary Statement

Deanna is the administrative assistant for the RPTM Undergraduate Program.

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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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Assistant Teaching Professor
AURORA Outdoor Orientation Programs Director
Summary Statement

Jen strives to help students find their full potential through.  She enjoys teaches courses in Outdoor Leadership, while also overseeing the Adventure Based Programming option of the RPTM Outdoor Recreation Option.

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Professor
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Director, Golf Teaching and Research Center
Associate Teaching Professor
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.

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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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Associate Teaching Professor
Summary Statement

I teach courses related to sustainability and environmental education. My research focuses on how individuals and family groups learn in non-formal educational settings, including outdoor spaces and nature centers.

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Head of Coaching and Player Development
Assistant Teaching Professor
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.

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Assistant Professor
Summary Statement

Dr. Milazzo is an interdisciplinary tourism and leisure scholar whose research focuses on examining the popular culture practices of ageographic communities to address the socio-culture impact of tourism on the world.

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Interim Department Head
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.

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Finance/Research Assistant
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Martin Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
Summary Statement

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

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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.

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Event Planner
Summary Statement

KP is the Event Planner for the PGA Professional Golf Management program and the RPTM department.

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  • Administration
Marketing Communications Specialist
Summary Statement

Managing communications and marketing needs for the College of Health and Human Development. Serving as the Lead Communicator for the School of Hospitality Management and the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management.

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  • Communications and Marketing
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 Teaching Professor
Summary Statement

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

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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 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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Administrative Support Coordinator
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Assistant Teaching Professor
Internship Coordinator, PGA Golf Management Program
Summary Statement

Mitchell serves as an Assistant Teaching Professor and Internship Coordinator of the PGA Golf Management Program.

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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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Graduate Program Assistant
Summary Statement

Stephanie is the administrative assistant for the RPTM Graduate Program.

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Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
Summary Statement

Nicole Webster, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Faculty Affairs in the College of Health and Human Development at Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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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