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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 Professor, Miller "Grant" Cunningham retires after 25+ years with Clemson University. 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. 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.