Center for Sustainable Tourism to hold Open House

The East Carolina University Center for Sustainable Tourism will celebrate its fourth anniversary with an Open House on campus beginning at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms 1 and 2.

University of Utah professor Dr. Kelly S. Bricker will kick off the event with the keynote presentation on ecotourism, “Working Towards a Greater Good: The Role of Sustainable Tourism in Supporting the Millennium Development Goals.”

Dr. Kelly Bricker

Bricker is associate professor of parks, recreation and tourism management at the University of Utah. She is executive director of The International Ecotourism Society, co-chair of the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference and a board member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Following Bricker’s presentation, reaction and comments will be provided by Dr. Deb Jordan, chair of ECU’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies; Dr. David Emmerling, executive director of the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation; and Dr. Marieke Van Willigen, chair of the Department of Sociology. Graduate student research posters will be on display at 2 p.m.

A faculty panel from the center will lead a discussion of interdisciplinary perspectives on sustainability and tourism at 2:30 p.m., with the following faculty members and their discussion topics:  Dr. Tom Rickenbach, climate change and geography; Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam, energy renewable energy and engineering; Dr. Stephanie Jilcott, public health and sustainability; and Dr. Jon Kirschoff, green marketing and business.

Dr. Lisa Clough, chair of ECU’s Coastal Maritime Council, will present “North Carolina’s Dynamic Coasts: An update on ECU’s Coastal Maritime Council activities,” at 3:30 p.m.

For additional information on the scheduled presentations, review descriptions of the presentations scheduled for the Open House.

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Edwards to direct master of science in sustainable tourism

East Carolina University sociology professor Dr. Bob Edwards will assume the position of graduate director for the master of science in sustainable tourism. He will also serve as director for academic programs. Edwards will transition into the role held by Dr. Joseph Fridgen, who plans to retire at the end of the academic year.

Dr. Bob Edwards

Edwards spent 10 years in government and non-profit work before arriving at ECU. He was a community organized for an African America community action agency in Arlington, Va., a conflict mediator for tenants and landlords, and a program administrator in Arlington’s Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development. He served the Montgomery County Public Schools as institutional researcher and policy analyst.

Edwards has published five edited volumes and over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.  His work has appeared in some of his discipline’s leading journals including the American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Problems and Social Forces.

He has been an active mentor of student research and received ECU’s Graduate Scholar Award in 2009. He was awarded a faculty-in-residence fellowship from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2006 and a summer-scholar-in-residence fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2000. Edwards holds a Ph.D. in sociology from The Catholic University of America (1995).

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