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Faculty and Staff Profile

Teresa Walton Tucker

Principal Lecturer
Coordinator of PRTM EDGE Program

Office: 150 Sirrine Hall

Phone: 864-784-2161


Educational Background

PhD Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management
Clemson University 2010

MS Therapeutic Recreation
State Univeristy of New York at Cortland 2003

BS History & Secondary Education
Presbyterian College 1989

Courses Taught

Profession and Practice in PRTM
Conceptual Foundations of PRTM
Foundations of Management and Administration in PRTM
Competency Integration in PRTM
Provision of Leisure Services Experiences
Event & Program Planning
Recreation & Society
Leadership and Group Processes in Recreation
Global Perspectives in Recreation

Seminar in Parks and Recreation Management
Understanding Diverse Populations in PRTM
Youth Development Programming in a Contemporary Society


Teresa W. Tucker, PhD is a Principal Lecturer in PRTM and Coordinator of the EDGE Program (Engaging in Diverse Guided Experiences) at Clemson University. In 2014, the PRTM EDGE team earned Clemson University’s Phil Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching. Her research interests include undergraduate curriculum development, professional development for camp staff, youth development, and inclusive recreation experiences for people with disabilities. Teresa has worked as a camp professional for over 30 years and continues to volunteer, primarily at camps that serve children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses. She has led educational sessions and conducted staff trainings at the regional, national, and international level. Teresa also has serves as long-time volunteer with the American Camp Association (ACA).

Research Publications

Gagnon, R. J., Garst, B. A., Tucker, T. W., & Hadiandehkordi, P. (2019, April). Building Evaluation Capacity: Telling the Story of Camp Kudzu, The 2018 Camp Kudzu Research Brief. Executive Report and Presentation. Executive Report and Presentation for Camp Kudzu. Atlanta, GA. *Technical Report and Presentation

Powell, G., Duffy, L. N., *Stone, G., Pinckney, H., Tucker, T., & Cathey, J. (2016). Triple Gain: Practical Ideas for Maximizing Connections. Schole 31(2) 56-67.

Bixler, R.D., Crosby, C., Howell, K., & Tucker, T. W. (2015). Choosing illustrations of spider (faces) for best first impressions in Natural History Interpretive Programs: A program component analysis. Journal of Interpretive Research 20(2).

Richmond, L.P., Anderson, M.A., Tucker, T.W. & Powell, G. M. (2013). Navigating the role of graduate student on the teaching team: Life in the Incubator. Schole 28 (1)

McGuire, F. A., Tucker, T.W., & Mainieri, T. L. (2013). They know my name: New dynamic role of faculty. Schole 28(1).

Honors and Awards

Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (College of Behavioral, Social, & Health Sciences- Clemson University) (2021)

American Camp Association National Service Award (2018)

James E. Bostic Housing Partner of the Year (2015-16)

HEHD Excellence in Innovation, Clemson University (2015-16) (Camp Clemson Spring Break Day Camp)

Phil Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching (2014)(as coordinator of the PRTM EDGE program along with 4 other faculty members who teach in the program)

American Camp Association, Special Recognition Award (2014) (contributed to the efforts that caused the PRTM department to be nominated and receive this prestigious award)

Clemson University Service Alliance Faculty Fellow (2012)

Excellence for Dissertation in Camp Setting, American Association of Camp Nurses (2011)

HEHD Excellence in Innovation, Clemson University (2011)

Marge Scanlon Outstanding Camp Research Award (2011), American Camp Association

Distinguished Service Award (2009), American Camp Association, Southeastern Section.

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