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Dr. Allie McCreary, Ph.D.
Dr. Allie McCreary, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor - Recreation, Park & Nonprofit Administration

PhD: NC State University

M.S.: Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

B.S.: Southern Illinois Univeristy - Carbondale

Allie McCreary is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport. Her research centers on the human dimensions of natural resource and recreation resource management; specifically, on three challenges park and recreation managers face: (1) anticipating and adapting to changing climatic conditions, (2) effectively utilizing partnerships to deliver programs and services, and (3) understanding how physical and psychological proximity to natural and recreation resources influences individuals sense of place. Allie is interested in multiple facets of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In previous positions, she has worked with groups such as ‘Students with Children’ and ‘Women in Science’ to raise awareness and negotiate support services for specific populations within the University community. Allie believes that intellectual, cultural, and experiential diversity is a hallmark of creative and successful learning and research environments.


REC 220: Understanding Nonprofit Sector

REC 306: Experience Planning and Evaluation

REC 338: Parks, Recreation, and Quality of Life

REC 430: Recreation Resource Management

RSA 501 Research Methods for Recreation and Sport Administration


Recent publications:
Seekamp, E., Fatorić, S., & McCreary, A. (2020). Historic preservation priorities for climate adaptation. Under review with the Ocean and Coastal Management, 191, 1-15.

McCreary, A., Seekamp, E., Larson, L.L., Smith, J.W.; & Davenport, M.A. (2019). Predictors of visitors’ climate-related coping behaviors in a nature-based tourism destination. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 26, 23-33.

Xiao, X., Seekamp, E., van der Burg, M.P., Eaton, M., Fatorić, S., & McCreary, A. Optimizing historic preservation under climate change: Decision support for cultural resource adaptation planning in National Parks. Land Use Policy, 83, 379-389.

McCreary, A., Seekamp, E., Davenport, M. A., & Smith, J. W. (2019). Exploring qualitative applications of social media data for place-based assessments in destination planning. Current Issues in Tourism, 1-17.

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