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Dr. Kyle Maurice Woosnam

Professor of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management

Previous academic positions:

Texas A&M University - Department of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Sciences (2008-2016; tenured 2014)

  • Ph.D., Community Tourism, Clemson University, 2008
  • M.S., Forestry and Forest Products, Virginia Tech, 2003
  • B.S., Leisure Studies - Parks and Natural Resource Management, University of Illinois, 2001
Awards, Honors and Recognitions:

Research awards:

  • Clemson University Distinguished Alumni Award in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (2020)
  • Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources Alumni Association Faculty Excellence in Research Award (UGA; 2019)
  • Sarah H. Moss Fellowship Recipient (UGA; 2018-2019)

Teaching awards:

  • Warnell Alumni Association Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching (UGA; 2020)
  • Herrick Superior Teaching Award (UGA; 2018)
  • University Professorship for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Finalist (Texas A&M; 2015)
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean's Outstanding Achievement Award for Early Career Teaching Recipient (Texas A&M; 2013)
  • Fish Camp Namesake (Texas A&M; 2013)
  • Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholars Program (Texas A&M; 2012-2013)
  • Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence (Texas A&M; 2011)
  • Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence (Texas A&M; 2010)
  • Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence (Texas A&M; 2009)
Research Interests:
  • Research methods in social sciences
  • Human dimensions of wildlife
  • Human-wildlife interactions
  • Impacts of tourism
    • Economic, socio-cultural, environmental impacts 
  • Sustainable community tourism development and planning
    • International tourism development
  • Community festival planning, management, and impacts
  • Theoretical approaches to examining resident-tourist interactions and relationships within destinations
    • Emotional solidarity, social distance, inclusion-of-self-in-other, contact hypothesis, etc
  • Resource-dependent/amenity-rich communities experiencing change
    • Natural disasters, shifting economies, etc.



Courses taught at the University of Georgia

  • PRTM 5700/7700: Community tourism: Impacts, management, and planning
  • PRTM 5410/7410: Protected area management
  • PRTM 4700: Social science research methods
  • PRTM 4650/6650: Field Course in PRTM
  • PRTM 1100e: Introduction to travel and tourism (online)
  • FANR 4500: Senior project
  • FANR 1100: Natural resource conservation
  • FYOS 1001: Cultural heritage tourism and its impact on society

Current graduate students' committees chairing:

  • Joseph Barr (PhD)
  • Tara Denley (PhD)
  • Charles Davis (MNR)
  • Erin Hadjidakis (MNR)
  • Jackson Mower (MNR)

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