Professor Emeritus of Parks, Recreation and Tourism


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.

Walter Kuentzel

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Parks, Recreation and Tourism; Natural Resources
Research: Natural resource sociology, recreation & leisure behavior, social psychology, tourism & rural development, and human dimensions of wildlife


  • 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