Robert Burns, professor of recreation, parks and tourism resources at West Virginia University, has been named editor of the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration.

One of the leading journals in the park and recreation industry, it’s the official publication of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Established by the academy to bridge the gap between research and practice for administrators, educators, consultants and researchers, the journal provides a forum for the analysis of management and organization of the delivery of park, recreation and leisure services. For nearly three decades, the journal has provided information to enhance the effectiveness and professionalism of park and recreation administrators.

“It’s an honor to have been named editor of this journal,” Burns said. “It’s a once-in-a-career opportunity and I plan to make the most of it. As editor, one of my goals is to enhance the journal’s international scope. I want to encourage more participation from junior and senior researchers from around the world, as well as broaden the range of associate editors.”

Burns is a faculty member in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. He specializes in understanding recreational behavior, motivations and satisfaction levels in outdoor recreation settings. He’s conducted National Visitor Use Monitoring surveys in Oregon and Washington for the U.S. Forest Service, and he’s conducted research in human dimensions of water resources and human dimensions in Brazil Amazon Parks and Protected Areas.



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