Christopher J. Wynveen, Ph.D.

Christopher J. Wynveen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Associate Professor

Research Interests

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.

Courses Taught

RLS 2301:  Camp Counseling & Administration
RLS 4391:  Leisure Services Management
RLS 4392:  Professional Issues in Leisure Services (Research & Evaluation)
RLS 4331:  Meaning, Culture and Philosophy of American Landscape
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I have set five goals to help define my growth as an educator:

  1. To continually update my toolbox of teaching skills
  2. To ensure that students feel welcome in the classroom and free to approach me at any time
  3. To add a real-world perspective to the materials covered in the classroom
  4. To to continually challenge the students and to evaluate them fairly in a manner that reflects the expectations of their post-graduate careers
  5. 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.


(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

Contact Information

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College of Health & Human Sciences, HHPR
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Waco, TX 76798

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