Faculty Achievements

Faculty Achievements 2008-2016
Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Curriculum Achievements and Strengths

Six full-time faculty in the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (RPT) Department have been actively involved in curriculum advancement, scholarship, and service to the university and community.  We offer a BS, MS, and Nonprofit Certificate to approximately 175 majors.  Below is a sample of RPT achievements:

Teaching and Curriculum

  • Approved new BS degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration (2009)
  • Received full accreditation with commendations in fall 2012 for undergraduate program
  • Student success measures (2007-2012)
    • 92-97% graduation rate within two years of starting major
    • 50+% offered jobs after completion of culminating experience (i.e., internship)
    • 90,000+ volunteer hours at Bay Area community organizations
    • 80+% attend local, state, regional, national, and/or international conferences, and 100% are members of a professional organization
    • Accepted poster presentations and/or education sessions at research symposia and conferences
    • 10+% of graduating class receives scholarships, awards, grants, honors (e.g., College hood recipient, California Park and Recreation Society, University Women’s Association)
    • Demonstrated learning outcomes as measured by multi-metric evaluations (e.g., senior exit survey, accreditation standards rubric, and instructor course evaluations)
  • Unique course curriculum allowing experiential learning opportunities during alternative spring break (RPT 470), and at 2011 US Open and upcoming 2013 America’s Cup (RPT 340)
  • Share 2+2 degree program with Minzu University, Beijing, China
  • Strong student support from profession with over 430 regional, full-time internships
  • RPT Advisory Council (20 representative professionals) meet bi-annually, actively review department curricula, and provide feedback and suggestions on a wide range of issues
  • Pursuing online Northern California Regional Recreation, Parks, and Tourism graduate program with departments at Chico State and Sacramento State to begin fall 2014
  • As part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative, the RPT Department embraces and implements all 10 high-impact educational practices (with the exception of a first-year experience) into the curriculum

High-Impact Practice

Undergraduate RPT Course

Graduate RPT Course

First-Year Seminar and Experiences

220 (in development)


Common Intellectual Experiences

All core courses

All core courses

Learning Communities


810/880, 850/862

Writing-intensive Courses

660 (GWAR)

All core courses

Collaborative Assignments/Projects

200, 300, 400, 550, 660

720, 730, 810, 880

Undergraduate Research

400, 550


Diversity/Global Learning

370, 390, 410, 440, 570, 605

730, 880

Service/Community-Based Learning

340, 370, 400, 410, 520, 550, 570

720, 810




Capstone Courses and Projects

550, 680/690

895, 896, 898


Scholarly Activity

  • RPT Faculty have published in a wide variety of scholarly and professional journals (e.g., Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration, Journal of Environmental Practice, Journal of Experiential Education, Journal of Tourism Research, World Leisure Journal), and entire scholarly books and textbook chapters (e.g., careers in armed forces recreation, transgender participants in outdoor education, youth development, cultural diversity and parks)
  • RPT faculty have received a variety of grants totaling over $850,000 (e.g., California Ski Industry Association, Foundation for Youth Investment, National Park Service, The Säjai™ Foundation, National Recreation and Parks Association)
  • Faculty have been awarded for excellence in research from their professional and scholarly associations (e.g., Nina Roberts awarded the national Kurt Hahn Address recognition from the Association for Experiential Education; Patrick Tierney received the Best Tourism Research Award from the Resort, Commercial Recreation Association)

Community Engagement

  • Curriculum – Over 50% of our curriculum involves community engagement in the form of service learning, research, and/or other co-curricular activities.  Students provide approximately 20,000 volunteer hours annually to Bay Area RPT agencies.  Examples include:
  • Economic Impact of 2011 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, San Francisco 
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area Comprehensive Visitor Survey
  • Numerous research projects for San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
  • Sustainability practices of domestic violence shelters
  • Volunteering at the 75th Golden Gate Bridge Anniversary
  • 800+ volunteer hours at 5 agencies during an alternative spring break course (RPT 470)
  • Pacific Leadership Institute (PLI) – A Research and Sponsored Organization administered through the University Corporation and managed by RPT.  PLI partners with SF Unified School District, Bay Area non-profits, and local corporations offering team-based, outdoor-recreation and adventure programs for 10,000+ students and youth per year.  See http://www.pliprograms.org.
  • SF State Summer Youth Sailing and Kayaking Program – A sailing and kayaking safety and activity instruction curriculum, and environmental science education program for youth 8-15 years on Lake Merced.  Its mission is to provide activity and science instruction, to persons of all ability/disability levels or socio-economic background.  See http://recdept.sfsu.edu/sailing.
  • Recreation Inclusion Training Program (RITP) – RPT partners with community organizations to facilitate recreation opportunities for students, veterans and others with disabilities.  RITP organizes trainings and workshops for public and private recreation agencies to help better accommodate persons with disabilities in their programs.

Faculty Highlights

  • Dr. Pavlína Látková – principal investigator for $348,000 Amtrak grant; serves on CHSS Elections Committee (Chair)
  • Dr. Nina Roberts is a Fulbright Scholar; presented keynote address at 2011 California Trails and Greenways conference; serves on Academic Program Review Committee (APRC)
  • Dr. Erik Rosegard received SF State 2011 Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award; serves on Baccalaureate Requirements Committee (BRC) and Area E Subcommittee (Chair); past Senator
  • Dr. Jackson Wilson – principal investigator for $348,000 Amtrak grant; serves on BRC - Area A Subcommittee (Chair)
  • Dr. Patrick Tierney was awarded a grant to evaluate the economic impact of California ski resorts on local communities and the state; serves as Department Chair