Dr. Kathleen Andereck received her B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with an emphasis in Environmental Education and Interpretation; M.S. in Recreation Resource Development from Texas A&M University; and Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from Clemson University.
She has conducted recreation and tourism research work with a diversity of organizations and agencies at the federal and state levels including the Arizona Office of Tourism, Arizona Department of Transportation, Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, Arizona State Parks, and many communities.
She has published this work in numerous academic journals including the top-tier publications in recreation and tourism studies. She has also contributed several chapters to books and presented many papers at national and international conferences.
Her research focuses on the tourism and recreation experience from the perspective of both visitors and residents particularly as it applies to sustainable tourism and community development.
Some of her specific areas of interest include tourism and quality of life, residents’ attitudes toward tourism, volunteer tourism, and tourist behavior in outdoor recreation settings.
Kathy has been on the editorial boards of several journals including the Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Analysis, Leisure Sciences, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, and Anatolia.
Among other activities, she has also been Co-Chair of the Leisure Research Symposium (2009-2011), Member of the Travel and Tourism Research Association International (TTRA) Board (2001-2006; 2010-1013), and Chair of the Academic Papers track for the TTRA conference (2012-2013).
Expertise: Tourism, volunteer tourism, quality of life, outdoor recreation