Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management Faculty

Our 3 Full-time Faculty Members are:

Karen Beeftink

  • Ph.D. in Leisure Studies (The Pennsylvania State University), M.S. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Resources (West Virginia University), B.A. Music Theory / Composition (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • 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
Karen in Patagonia

Gregory Benton

  • Ph.D. in Leisure Behavior (Indiana University), M.S. in Outdoor Recreation (Indiana University), B.S. in Environmental Studies (University of California - Santa Barbara)
  • Specializes in natural and cultural interpretation, environmental education, and human dimensions in resource management
  • Certified Interpretive Guide and Certified Interpretive Trainer (NAI)
Gregory with Koala

Mark L. Douglas

  • Ph.D. (ABD) in Forestry and Conservation Science (University of Montana), M.S. in Natural Resources (Humboldt State University), B.S. Recreation and Leisure Services (Murray State University)
  • Specializes in recreation resource management, wilderness stewardship, and environmental interpretation
  • Wilderness First Responder
Mark L. Douglas

Jo-Ellen Scribner

Additional Instructors in our Program are:

Jo-Ellen Scribner

  • Jo-Ellen is Coordinator of Career and Special Services. She teaches safety & first aid and other courses in our major.
  • Betsy Hayden is our Athletic Director and Head Women's Volleyball Coach. She teaches Coaching, Recreational Sports Methods, and other courses in our major.

All of these faculty members are primary players in the Recreation and Tourism Management program. Of course, other UMM faculty make great contributions to the program in areas such as psychology, government, sciences and more. All students are engaged with a diverse faculty from many disciplines. 

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