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Faculty Bio

Cunningham, Grant, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning


Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Clemson University (1995); M.A. in Journalism, University of South Carolina (1985); B.A. in English and History, Duke University (1979)

Curriculum Vitae

City and Regional Planning Associate Professor, Miller "Grant" Cunningham retires after 30+ years with Clemson University, having 25 years as a member of teaching faculty in the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities.

During the Summer of 1987, Grant was a Ph.D. student at Clemson University in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management program when his assistantship sent him to the SC coast to compile data for a new South Carolina Public Beach & Coastal Access Guide, an experience that changed his life.

Cunningham was one of 20 graduate students nationwide chosen for a Knauss Sea Grant fellowship in 1989. As a fellow, Grant was sent to nation’s capital Washington, DC to serve on the staff of the Subcommittee on National Ocean Policy Study in the U. S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, then-chaired by Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC) with Al Gore (D-TN) as vice chair.

Then in early 1991, Cunningham returned to South Carolina for a new position created at Clemson University: Research Associate and Director of the South Carolina Rural Recreation Development Project, a start-up program working with rural communities to develop full-time recreational programs and services.

After earning his doctorate in 1995, Dr. Cunningham taught coastal planning, as well as outdoor recreation resource management, community development, housing, and travel and tourism until his retirement in May 2018.

In 2004, Cunningham was the faculty/staff recipient of the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Excellence in Service at Clemson University, and he was nationally recognized by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) at its 92nd Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida by receiving its Collaborative Practice Award for the Studio South Keese Barn Project (Pendleton, SC), which jointly involved the master’s programs in the architecture, landscape architecture, and planning departments at Clemson. This award honors the best practices in school-based, community outreach programs that demonstrate how faculty, students and community work to realize common objectives. Additionally, Dr. Cunningham served on the faculty senate at the University, representing the College of AAH from 2004 – 2007.