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Dr. Susan Van Patten

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Dr. Susan Van Patten
Associate Professor
Waldron 0141
(540) 831-7644


  • B.S. (Forestry), Utah State University
  • M.S. (Recreation Resources Management), Utah State University
  • Ph.D. (Leisure Studies) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Academic Interests

  • Media images of place, movie induced tourism, childhood play, sense of place, and recreation conflict.

Academic Activities

  • Acting Core Curriculum Director for Radford University.
  • Executive editor and co-founder of the Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism & Recreation Research (JUPTRR).
  • Serves on the Foundation Board of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society.