The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Dr. Brett A. Wright

Interim Dean, College of Health, Education, and Human Development
Tel: 864-656-7640
Location: 116 Edwards Hall

B.A. Morehead State University (Outdoor Recreation)
M.S. Morehead State University (Adult & Continuing Education with emphasis on Recreation Administration)
Ph.D Texas A&M University (Recreation and Resources Development)

Additional Professional Responsibilities:
  • Fellow, American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration
  • Associate Editor, Leisure Sciences
Research Interests:
  • Parks
  • Technology and park management
  • Environmental behavior
  • Natural resource recreation
  • Partnerships
Publications: (last 5 years)

Vagias, W, Powell, R.B., Moore, D. and Wright, B.A.  (2012).  The Wildlands Ethics Scale.  Journal of Leisure Research.  In Press.

Powell, R.B., B.A. Wright, J. Draper and J. Thomsen.  (2011).  Evaluation of Off-highway Vehicle Skills and Ethics Training Programs Occurring on Public Lands:  The TreadLightly! Visitor Education Program.  Washington, DC:  National Park Service.  MBM#1024-0224.  134 pgs.

Weddell, M.S., Fedorchak, R. and Wright, B .A.  (2009).  Partnership Behaviors, motivations, Constraints, and Training Needs Among NPS Employees.  Park Science  26 (2):87-91

Machnik, L.K., Hammitt, W.E., Rodgers, E.B.D., and Wright, B. A.  (2008).  Planning for Workforce Succession among National Park Service Advanced-Level Natural Resource Program Managers:  A Gap Analysis.  Society and Natural Resources.  21(1):50-62.

Wright, B.A.  2007.  Urbanization and Developing Rural Recreation Markets:  Implications for Alternative Income for Forest Owners.  South Carolina Forests.  November, 2007.

Hammitt, W.E., Machnik, L.K., Rodgers, E.B.D. and Wright, B.A.  (2007).  Workforce Succession and Training Needs among National Park Service Program Managers.  Park Science. 24(2) 72-77.

Grants and Self-funded Research Projects:
  • Greenville Co Recreation District, County Park Needs Analysis
  • National Park Service, Open Parks Grid (Co-PI:  B. Baldwin)
  • National Park Service, Partnership Needs Assessment (Co-PI:  K. Backman)
  • National Park Service, INTAKE Program Evaluation
  • National Park Service, Interpretive Development Program, Kirkpatrick Level-4 Evaluation Study (Co-PI:  W. Hammitt)
  • National Park Service, Preservation and Skills Training Program Evaluation Study (Co-PI:  C. Goetscheus)
  • National Park Service, Succession Planning in the Natural Resources Management Profession (Co-PI:  W. Hammitt)
  • York County, SC Recreation and Parks Needs Assessment
Courses Taught:
  • PRTM 206/207 Practicum
  • PRTM 404 - Field Training I
  • PRTM 405 - Internship
  • PRTM 820 - Recreation Resource Policy