Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences

http://rpts.tamu.edu

Head: Brian King

Associate Department Head for Graduate Studies: J. F. Petrick

Graduate course offerings in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences are designed to generate and disseminate knowledge concerning the development, management and sustainable use of recreation, park, community, and tourism resources and opportunities. The focus of the program is on the relationships between people, recreational, community and tourism developments, and the natural resource base. The curriculum has five main areas of emphasis: recreation and park administration; recreation and natural resources management; tourism; community development; and youth development. The first emphasis deals primarily with the public sector, while the third deals primarily with the private sector. Recreation and natural resource management, community development, and youth development involve both sectors.

Graduate study in these areas is interdisciplinary. Cooperative relationships exist with a wide range of outstanding graduate-level programs in the University. This provides students with an opportunity to structure an individualized program of study in the field of their choice. Courses selected within the department and in supporting fields are designed to serve the individual needs of students interested in teaching, public service, research, and administration of recreation, park, community and tourism developments.

The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences offers courses of study leading to the Master of  Recreation and Youth Development (MRYD); Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in recreation, park and tourism sciences. The Master of Recreation and Youth Development program is designed for active and progressive youth development professionals. The MS thesis degree prepares students for advanced graduate study at the PhD level, which often leads to a career in university research and teaching. The MS non-thesis degree emphasizes professional development. It includes additional courses in the student’s selected field instead of a thesis. MYRD and non-thesis MS students may elect a professional internship. 

Crompton, John L, Distinguished Professor and Regents Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1977

Durko, Angela M, Instructional Associate Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2014

Ellis, Gary D, Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, North Texas State University, 1983

Ettekal, Andrea V, Assistant Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, Arizona State University, 2014

Hodges, Louis, Instructional Associate Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1971

Jamal, Tazim B, Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, University of Calgary, 1997

Kaiser, Ronald A, Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
JD, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1977
LLM, University of California at Berkeley, 1989

Kyle, Gerard T, Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, Pennsylvania State University, 2001

Matarrita Cascante, David, Associate Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, Pennsylvania State University, 2008

Nelson, Chad, Instructional Assistant Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2019

Petrick, James F, Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, Clemson University, 1999

Schuett, Michael A, Instructional Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1991

Scott, David, Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, Pennsylvania State University, 1990

Shafer, C S, Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, Clemson University, 1993

Suess Raeisinafchi, Courtney, Assistant Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2014

Sullins, Donna, Instructional Assistant Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
EDD, University of Georgia, 2016

Wang, Jun, Assistant Professor
Recreation, Park & Tourism Sc
PHD, Colorado State University, 2013