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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

PhD, Texas A&M University
Associate Professor

Contact Information

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Phone: (703) 993-6170
Fax: (703) 993-3988

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
University Hall 3618
4400 University Dr.
MS 3A2
Fairfax, VA 22030

Profile

Dr. Park is an Associate Professor of Tourism and Events Management. Dr. Park’s research is specialized in the area of social impacts of tourism and visitor management in tourism and recreation settings. Partnering with various agencies nationally and internationally, she has involved with diverse research projects and produced over 60 publications in a combination of journal articles, book chapters, professional presentations and conference proceedings, and technical reports. Currently, Dr. Park is an active member of research team in the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (RHT) and working on a series of collaborative research with the National Park Service on the National Mall and Memorial Parks Management Plan.  

Dr. Park also serves as an Acting Assistant Vice President for International Campus Operations in the Office of Global Strategy under the Provost Office at George Mason University. Before she joins George Mason University, she served as a research manager with the Maryland Office of Tourism Development (OTD) under the Department of Business and Economic Development where she was involved in and managed a variety of research projects, and developed a number of research analyses and technical reports.

Research Interests

  • Social and cultural impacts of tourism
  • Visitor management in tourism and recreation settings
  • Cultural and heritage tourism
  • Alternative tourism
  • Globalization and Higher Education
  • International Education

Recent Publications

Schiller, A., & Park, M. (2014). The international Campus as prototype for international collaboration: South Koreas Incheon Global Campus. Global Partners in Education Journal, 4(1): 33-40.

Daniels, M. J., Park, M., Harmon, L. & Brayley, R. (2013). Bridging risk management perceptions and processes: The case of the National Mall & Memorial Parks. International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research, 7(2). 

Jang, E., Park, M., Park, H. (2012). Tourist’s appleal type for international tourism promotional photos of Korea. Korea Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research: Korea Tourism Research Association, 26(6): 23-38.

Park, M., & Oh, C-O. (2011). Exploring influential factors that explain the probability of visiting a destination: The case of state travel information inquiry groups. Tourism Analysis, 16 (6): 693-700.

Harmon, L., Daniels, M. J., Park, M., & Brayley, R. (2011). Is a nations front yard becoming a dumping ground?  A critical analysis of greenspace within the United States National Mall & Memorial Parks. Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies, 17 (2): 269-291.

Park, M., & Stokowski, P.A. (2011). Casino gaming and crime: Comparisons among gaming counties and other tourism places. Journal of Travel Research, 50 (3): 289-302. First published     on  March 9, 2010 OnlineFirst, doi:10.1177/0047287510363616

Park, J., Lee, G., & Park, M. (2011). Service quality dimensions perceived by film festival Visitors. Event Management, 15: 49 - 61.

Park, M., Daniels, M., Brayley, R., & Harmon, L. (2010). An analysis of service provision and visitor impacts using participant observation and photographic documentation: The National Cherry Blossom  Festival. Event Management, 14 (2):167-182.

Park, M., Oh, H., & Park, J. (2010). Measuring the experience economy of film festival participants. International Journal of Tourism Sciences, 10 (2): 35-54.

Park, M., & Stokowski, P. A. (2009). Social disruption theory and crime in rural communities: Comparisons across three levels of tourism growth. Tourism Management, 30 (6): 905-915.