TRSM Faculty

The vital component that elevates the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management is its talented faculty. TRSM students learn from world-class faculty members who are internationally renowned for their innovative research.

Dr. Angélica Almeyda Zambrano

Assistant Professor
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Ecotourism as a development and conservation strategy in the tropics
  • Tropical Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable tourism and land use dynamics
  • Ecotourism and natural protected areas
  • Sustainability science

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Brian Avery

Lecturer
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Event, tourism, and attraction management
  • Event, tourism, and attraction risk and safety management
  • Event, tourism, and attraction regulations, standards, and practices
  • Event design and execution
  • Amusement ride and device safety

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Dr. Trevor Bopp

Assistant Professor
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Inclusiveness in Sport
  • Student-Athlete Well-Being
  • Sport-Based Youth Development

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Dr. Dan Connaughton

Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty & Staff Affairs
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management,
Dean's Office

Primary fields of interest:

  • Risk perception
  • Risk management policies and practices
  • Legal and policy issues in sport and physical activity

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Dr. Doug DeMichele

Master Lecturer, Internship Coordinator, Undergraduate Coordinator
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • The construction/renovation and development of commercial, private and public recreation and athletic facilities
  • The approaches to facility design necessary to meet the needs and interests of casual and serious participants, elite athletes and spectators
  • Leadership and administration, and how leaders in the professions of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management create opportunities for personal growth and professional advancement

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Dr. Gregory Dunn

Senior Lecturer
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
  • Travel and Tourism Trends
  • Consumer Profiling and Segmentation
  • Tourism Product Assessment and Brand Strategy
  • Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling

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Eric Esterline

Lecturer
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Sports Communication
  • Multi-platform Sports Content Creation
  • National and Regional Sports Networks

 


Dr. Daniel Fesenmaier

Professor, Director
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management,
Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute

Primary fields of interest:

  • Experience design
  • Tourism Marketing and Information Technology
  • Travel Advertising and Demand Analysis

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Dr. Heather Gibson

Professor, Associate Director
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management,
Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute

Primary fields of interest:

  • Active sport tourism participation in mid and later life – senior games and Bike Florida.
  • The social impacts of event sport tourism on communities.
  • Girl friend getaways – health and wellbeing effects for women.
  • Leisure and travel in retirement.
  • Tourist roles (behavior) during the lifespan with a focus on gender, motivation, risk and thrill seeking.

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Dr. Kyriaki Kaplanidou

Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Sport consumer perceptions about event experiences
  • Impacts and legacies of sport events on community development
  • Sport event tourism

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Dr. Jin-Won Kim

Assistant Professor
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Environmental justice issues, including the accessibility and equity of recreation opportunities
  • Water-based recreation and tourism planning and development
  • Participatory decision-making
  • Public health and policy

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Dr. Andrei Kirilenko

Associate Professor
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Social networks and mass media data mining.
  • Climate changes impacts on people and environment.
  • Sustainability, resilience, and adaptation to climate change impacts.

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Dr. Yong Jae Ko

Professor
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Consumer behavior research focused on socio-psychological variables that influence sport consumption behavior
  • Service marketing research focused on consumers’ quality and value perceptions toward a variety of sport services
  • Sponsorship and sport branding

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Dr. Joon Sung Lee

Assistant Professor
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Sport Marketing
  • Sport Consumer Behavior
  • Sponsorship and Endorsement
  • Corruptions in Sport
  • Sport Media Behavior

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Dr. Brian Mills

Assistant Professor
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • The sports labor market, league policy and industrial organization in sport
  • Economic impact and economic development related to sport
  • Consumer behavior and behavioral economics in the sport context
  • Data mining and advanced analytics for sports business

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Dr. Lori Pennington-Gray

Professor, Associate Director
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management,
Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute

Primary fields of interest:

  • Tourism Crisis Management
  • Tourism marketing
  • Visitor behaviors and destination marketing organization policy

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Dr. Michael Sagas

Professor
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Discrimination and Diversity in Sports
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Youth Sports

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Dr. Svetlana Stepchenkova

Associate Professor
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Destination image as a competitive factor in destination management, marketing, and branding
  • Computer-assisted analysis of qualitative data. Methodologies for statistical analysis of textual and pictorial data
  • Effects of media messages and user-generated content on tourism behavior and destination demand
  • Websites and online communities as a marketing tool for Destination Marketing Organizations
  • Cultural issues in tourism research

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Dr. Alyssa Tavormina

Lecturer, Program Coordinator
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management,
Online Sport Management Master’s Program

Primary fields of interest:

  • Sport Branding (e.g., sport brand love)
  • Sport Consumer Behavior ( e.g., factors that affect consumers’ decisions to attend games)

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Dr. Brijesh Thapa

Professor
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • People, parks and protected areas management
  • World Heritage Sites and tourism management
  • Tourist behaviors and impacts: socio-cultural, environmental, economic
  • Ecotourism and cultural heritage tourism

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Dr. Cyntrice Thomas

Lecturer
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Legal aspects of sports
  • The application of antitrust law in sports
  • Collective bargaining and labor issues in sports
  • Social issues in sports

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Dr. Christine Wegner

Assistant Professor
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Organizational and Social Identities
  • Sport for Social Change

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Dr. Cynthia Willming

Lecturer
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Primary fields of interest:

  • Event Management
  • Perceived Racial Discrimination and Leisure Travel
  • Race and Leisure Travel

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