University of Vermont

Walter Kuentzel

Walt Kuentzel

Professor / Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Program

Phone: 802-656-0652
Office: 308H Aiken Center

Areas of Interest

Environmental sociology, recreation and leisure behavior, social psychology, tourism and rural development, and human dimensions of wildlife

Instructional Programs

Natural Resources
Parks, Recreation and Tourism


PhD 1994 Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
MS 1989 Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Clemson University
BA 1977 Religion and Philosophy, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC

Selected Publications

Backlund, E. A., & Kuentzel, W. F. (2013) Beyond Progression in Specialization Research: Leisure Capital and Participation Change. Leisure Sciences, 35, 293-299.

Kuentzel, W. F., Capen, D. E., Richard, Z. L., & Higgins, B. R. (2012) When are Biological Nuisance Species also Social Nuisances? Attitude Strength and Lake Champlain Cormorants. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 38, 141-149.

Kuentzel, W. F., & Ventriss, C.  (2012) Social Psychological Barriers to Communicative Rationality: A Critical Look at Public Participation. In: C. Schacter & Yang, K. (Eds.) New Directions in Public Participation Research, 419-447.

Kuentzel, W. F., & Heberlein, T. A. (2010) Retiring North: Comparing Retirement Migration Decisions Among Residents Who Did, and Past Visitors Who Did Not Move to a Tourist Destination. Tourism in Marine Environments, 6, 73-87.

Kuentzel, W. F. (2008) Comparing Rural Development Strategies in Four Irish Communities, 1930-2005. Dublin: The Policy Institute at Trinity College, Dublin. 152 Pp.

Kuentzel, W. F. & Heberlein, T. A. (2008) Life Course Changes and Competing Leisure Interests as Obstacles to Boating Specialization. Leisure Sciences, 30, 143-157

Kuentzel, W. F., Laven, D., Manning, R. E., & Valliere, W. A. (2008) When do Normative Standards Matter Most? Understanding the Role of Norm Strength at Multiple National Park Settings. Leisure Sciences, 30, 127-142.

Kuentzel, W. F. & Heberlein, T. A. (2006) From Novice to Expert? A Panel Study of Specialization Progression and Change. Journal of Leisure Research, 38, 496-512.