Karen Beeftink

Assistant Professor of Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management

Education

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
M.S., West Virginia University
B.A., University of Illinois

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1249
Email: karen.beeftink@maine.edu
Location: Reynolds 23

Areas of Expertise

Specializes in nature-based tourism, ecotourism, outdoor recreation, and leisure programming. Works with non-profit organizations in providing recreational opportunities for youth in the community.


Gregory Benton

Assistant Professor of Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management

Education

M.S., Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington
B.A., University of California Santa Barbara

Contact Information

Phone: 255-1401
Email: gregory.benton@maine.edu
Location: Sennett 129

Areas of Expertise

Specializes in natural and cultural resource interpretation, environmental education and human dimensions in resource management; qualitative phenomenological research methods.


Mark Douglas

Assistant Professor of Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management

Education

PhD (expected) University of Montana
MS Humboldt State University
BS Murray State University

Contact Information

Phone: 255-1401
Email: mark.douglas@maine.edu
Location: Sennett 127

Areas of Expertise

Recreation Resource Planning and Management, Wilderness Stewardship, Visitor Use of Recreational and Protected Areas, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources.

Mark Douglas is from the bottomland hardwoods of northwest Tennessee. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services at Murray State University in Kentucky. In California he worked in outdoor education at the Pali Institute in the San Bernardino National Forest and in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area at Whiskeytown Environmental School. Before graduate school, Mark was a trip leader at Tanglewood Camp in Lincolnville, Maine. At Humboldt State University Mark studied wilderness visitor travel patterns for Yosemite National Park to earn his MS in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation. He later worked with Glacier National Park to establish building blocks for wilderness planning.

Mark has worked for the Resource Systems Group doing visitor use monitoring in the US Forest Service Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. He worked with the Superior National Forest to examine canoe travel in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. His current research focuses on wilderness affectivity and affect. He serves on the Stewardship Committee of the Downeast Coastal Conservancy.


Part-Time Instructors

Jo-Ellen Scribner

Lecturer and Coordinator of Career and Special Services

Betsy Hayden

Lecturer and Athletic Director/Head Women’s Volleyball Coach

Amanda Hardaswick

Instructor of Ethics in Criminal Justice