Christopher J. Wynveen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Health, Human Performance & Recreation
Campus Contact Information:
College of Health & Human Sciences, HHPR
One Bear Place #97312
Waco, TX 76798
Office: Rena Marrs McLean Gymnasium 110.08
(2009) Ph.D. in Recreation, Park, & Tourism Sciences; Texas A&M University, College Station TX
(2005) M.S. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management; Clemson University, Clemson SC
2001 B.S. in Leisure Studies; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign IL
My research focuses on the human dimensions of natural resource management. Specifically, I have a continuing interest in the meanings recreational visitors' ascribe to parks and other protected areas. I use place meaning to refer to the thoughts and feelings people hold for specific settings. The concept provides the foundation for understanding other constructs important to the human-environment relationships (e.g. sense of place and place attachment) and the sustainable management of protected areas (e.g. relationships between various resource uses and recreation users, community stakeholder involvement, and collaborative management).
Other research interests include recreation behavior as it relates to the management of parks and other protected areas. I have developed my knowledge of this area through projects related to the enforcement of regulations and laws in parks, management of game species through hunter behavior, and community and stakeholder involvement in the management of publically owned recreation resource areas. Lastly, I have also been involved in projects related to the evaluation of grassroots conservation projects.
I have set five goals to help define my growth as an educator: a) to continually update my toolbox of teaching skills; b) to ensure that students feel welcome in the classroom and free to approach me at any time; c) to add a real-world perspective to the materials covered in the classroom; d) to continually challenge the students and to evaluate them fairly in a manner that reflects the expectations of their post-graduate careers; and e) to foster student mastery of course material while at the same time aiding their development of broader skills that will help them be successful in the marketplace.
Wynveen, C.J., Kyle, G.T., Absher, J.D., & Theodori, G.L. (2011). The two sides of sense of place: The meanings associated with varying degrees of attachment. Journal of Leisure Research,43(2), 290-311.
Wynveen, C.J., Kyle, G.T., & Sutton, S. G. (2010). Processes of place meaning creation and maintenance: The case of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Leisure Sciences,32,270-87.
Wynveen, C.J., Bixler, R.D., & Hammitt, W.E. (2007). Law enforcement perceptions and changes in the United States Park Service: Urban proximity and level of enforcement practices. Annals of Leisure Research, 10, 532-49.
Wynveen, C.J., Cavin, D.A., Wright, B.A. &, Hammitt, W.E. (2005). Determinants of a quality wild turkey hunting season. Environmental Management, 36, 117-24.
Wynveen, C.J., Kyle, G.T., & Sutton, S.G. (2011). Recreational visitors' place meaning and place attachment in a marine setting. Northeast Recreation Research Symposium. Bolton Landing, NY. Proceedings of the 2010 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. USDA-FS-Northeastern Research Station, GTR-In press.
Wynveen, C. J., Kyle, G. T., & Sutton, S. G. (2010). Place meanings ascribed to marine recreation areas: The case of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Proceedings of the 2009 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. USDA-FS-Northeastern Research Station, GTR-NRS-P-66.
Wynveen, C.J., Tarrant, M.A., Kyle, G.T., & Raychaudhuri, U. (2010). Educational Travel and global citizenship: A predictive model. In: Abstracts from the 2010 Leisure Research Symposium, 2010 National Congress for Recreation and Parks, Minneapolis, MN. (66% acceptance rate)
Wynveen, C.J., Kyle, G.T., & Sutton, S.G. (2010). Environmental world view, place attachment and attitudes toward environmental impacts. In: Abstracts from the XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology. Gothenburg, Sweden.
Wynveen, C. J., & Kyle, G. T. (2009). Examining Place Meaning Through Symbolic Interactionsim. In: Abstracts from the 2009 Leisure Research Symposium, 2009 National Congress for Recreation and Parks, Salt Lake City, UT.
Wynveen, C.J., Kyle, G.T., Absher, J.D., & Theodori, G.L. (2008). Environmental world view and place attachment toward protected areas. In: Abstracts from the 2008 Leisure Research Symposium, 2008 National Congress for Recreation and Parks, Baltimore, MD.
Wynveen, C.J., Kyle, G.T., & Theodori, G.L. (2009). The relationship between place bonding and social trust. Northeast Recreation Research Symposium. Proceedings of the 2008 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. USDA-FS-Northeastern Research Station, GTR- NRS-P-42.
Wynveen, C.J., Kyle, G.T., Absher, J.D., & Theodori, G.L. (2007). Place attachment: Connecting the evaluative and descriptive components. In: Abstracts from the 2007 Leisure Research Symposium, 2007 National Congress for Recreation and Parks, Indianapolis, IN.
Wynveen, C.J., Kyle, G.T., Hammitt, W.E., & Absher, J.D. (2007). Exploring the effect of experience use history and place bonding on resource substitution. Proceedings of the 2007 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. USDA-FS-Northeastern Research Station, GTR-P-NRS-23.
Wynveen, C.J., Kyle, G.T., Graefe, A., & Manning, R.. (2006). Examining the effect of minimum impact skills knowledge on perceptions of setting density. In: Abstracts from the 2006 Leisure Research Symposium, 2006 National Congress for Recreation and Parks, Seattle, WA.
Kyle, G.T., Wynveen, C.J., Absher, J.D. Hammitt, W.E., Norman, W., Jodice, L. (2006) Assessing the contribution of the physical environment to place bonding. In: Abstracts from the 2006 Leisure Research Symposium, 2006 National Congress for Recreation and Parks, Seattle, WA.
Wynveen, C.J., Bixler, R.D., & Hammitt, W.E. (2006). Urban encroachment brings deviant behavior to resource recreation areas. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. USDA-FS-Northeastern Research Station, GTR-NRS-P-14.
Wynveen, C.J., Bixler, R.D., & Hammitt, W.E. (2005). Employee perceptions of protected area law enforcement. Proceedings of the 2005 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. USDA-FS-Northeastern Research Station, GTR-NE-341.
Wynveen, C.J., Machnik, L.K., Cavin, D.A., & Wright, B.A. (2005). Feathers or antlers? Do the determinants of a quality hunting season depend on the species? In: Abstracts from the 2005 Leisure Research Symposium, 2005 National Congress for Recreation and Parks, San Antonio, TX.
Baskin, B. Bradshaw, J., Horton, E. Kunz, H., Langehaug, T., Owens, J. et al. (2011). Evaluation
of Waco Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball Program (C. J. Wynveen & B. J. Wynveen, Eds.). Waco, TX: Baylor University, Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation.
Wynveen, C.J. (2011). Executive summaries: Evaluations of TogetherGreen training workshops conducted in 2010. Report to the National Audubon Society.
Wynveen, C.J., Stern, M.J., Powell, R.B., & Ardoin, N.M. (2010). NorthBay Evaluation Report 2010. Results from an ongoing evaluation of residential educational programs at the NorthBay Adventure Learning Center.
Powell, R.B., Stern, M.J., Ardoin, N.M., & Wynveen, C.J, (2010). Review of Year-One (2008-2009): TogetherGreen Innovation Grant and Conservation Leadership. Evaluation report prepared for the National Audubon Society.
RLS 2301: Camp Counseling & Administration
RLS 4391: Leisure Services Management
RLS 4392: Professional Issues in Leisure Services (Research & Evaluation)