Dr. Scott has been on the faculty at Texas A&M University since 1994. Prior to that, he was employed as Manager of Research and Program Evaluation for Cleveland Metroparks in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was responsible for conducting marketing and evaluation studies of various park district facilities and programs.
Dr. Scott graduated from Purdue University, where he majored in sociology and wrestled heavyweight for the Boilermakers. He holds advanced degrees from the Pennsylvania State University.
His research focuses on the sociology of leisure, with specific attention to recreation specialization and serious leisure; leisure constraints; and people's use and non-use of publicly funded park and recreation services.
Dr. Scott has published nearly 90 articles in scholarly journals, including Annals of Tourism Research, Applied Behavioral Science Review, Environment and Behavior, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Journal of Leisure Research, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Managing Leisure, Leisure Sciences, Play and Culture, and Society and Leisure.
Dr. Scott served as editor for the Journal of Leisure Research from 2002 to 2007. He has earned several teaching awards, including the 2010 Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for Graduate Teaching at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Scott is the 2011 recipient of the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research presented annually by National Recreation and Park Association.