Faculty

M.S., Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Penn State
B.S., Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Penn State

Matthew Bakowicz serves as an instructor and PGA professional with the Department of RPTM and the School of Hospitality Management. In addition, Matt serves as Penn State’s representative to the NFL’s sustainability group, which works toward achieving zero-waste events. Matt currently teaches courses in political and legal aspects of recreation, human resources, and organizational behavior as well as a variety of PGA and RPTM specific classes and a section of player development.

Ph.D., Leisure Studies, University of Illinois
M.S., Recreation, University of Arizona
B.S., Recreation, Parks, Penn State
B.S., Education of Exceptional Children, Penn State

Dr. John Dattilo, professor of recreation, park, and tourism management, teaches about inclusive leisure services and leisure education from an applied, philosophical, and ethical perspective. He has collaborated with international and domestic teams to conduct research on perceptions of diverse individuals and effects of programs designed to assist them in addressing barriers to their leisure. His work to empower people to experience enjoyment and meaning in their lives has resulted in 15 books, 26 book chapters, more than 150 articles, 25 funded projects, and over 200 presentations.

M.S., Leisure Studies, Penn State
B.S., Recreation and Parks, Penn State

Patricia Kleban is an assistant teaching professor and director of the RPTM Student Success Center at Penn State University Park.  She oversees the professional internship in RPTM and has taught courses in leadership and group dynamics, inclusive recreation, and management as well as the introduction to recreation service delivery class.

B.S., Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Penn State

Chris Ortiz teaches team development, leadership, and group dynamics in Penn State’s Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management (RPTM). He is the program director of the Team Development Center at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. For more than 25 years, he has worked with schools, university groups, corporations, and professional sports teams to strengthen relationships, motivate growth, and develop leaders. Ortiz has co-authored two resources for experiential educators, and he regularly presents internationally on innovative programming and team development ideas.

Ph.D., Health & Human Performance, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Concentration, University of Florida
M.S., Recreation, Parks and Tourism, University of Florida
B.A., Business Administration, University of Florida

Dr. Ashley Schroeder is an assistant professor in the Department of RPTM and conducts research in the areas of tourism policy, tourism planning and development, destination management, and destination marketing. Her primary research interests focus on tourism crisis management and destination resilience. Dr. Schroeder’s teaching interests are related to tourism management. She has taught courses in the areas of tourism management, tourism and hospitality marketing, tourism planning and development, sociocultural issues in tourism, sport tourism, event management, and research methods.

M.S., Sport and Leisure Service Management, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
B.S., Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Clemson University

Brian Soulé is an assistant teaching professor in RPTM, director of the RPTM Penn State World Campus program, and administrator in the Professional Golf Management option offered at Penn State University Park. He has many years of experience as a golf professional and has taught in the Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management curriculum for more than 10 years. Soulé is a PGA of America golf professional, and his doctoral research investigates motivation in the game of golf.