Eric Frauman


  • B.S., Accounting, University of Florida
  • M.Ed., Student Development, The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Ph.D., Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management,  Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Teaching Specialties

  • RM 2140 - Natural Resources: Becoming an Informed Citizen
  • RM 2210 - Recreation Site and Facility Management
  • RM 3610 - Financial and Risk Management in Recreation
  • RM 4110 - Evaluation Methods in Recreation


Solo hiking in wild land settings

How did you discover Appalachian State University?

"What a silly question - doesn't everyone know about App State at birth!"

What is your favorite thing about Boone?

"The abundance of natural resources and public lands and waters all around us."

What most excites you about your field?

"Working with students who seek to become advocates and stewards for our amazing outdoor recreation spaces and places."

What are some highlights of your career?

"Reflecting on the many students I have crossed paths with over the years and being better for it!"

Favorite Quote

Too many to select from.

Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE)
  • North Carolina Parks and Recreation Society
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Environmental Issues, Perception, and Behavior in Outdoor Nature-Based Recreation Settings
  • College Outdoor Program Leadership and Perceptions of the Natural Environment
  • Examining Well-being and Connectedness to Nature among College Outdoor Program Staff
  • The desire for peace, solitude, and contemplation in wild land recreation experiences

Selected Publications

  • Frauman, E. (2017). Environmentally sustainable practices among college outdoor programs and their association with organizational support structures. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 9 (2), 152-166,
  •  Frauman, Eric (2017) "An Exploratory Examination of Perceptions of Impacts to a Coastal Destination: Tourists Versus Locals," Journal of Tourism Insights, 8 (1), 1-13, 
  •  Frauman, E., & Shaffer, F. (2017). Connectedness to nature and life satisfaction among college outdoor program staff. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 9 (2), 240-243,
  •  Frauman, E. (2016). Perceptions of intuition among campus recreation outdoor program professional staff: An exploratory study. Recreational Sports Journal, 40 (1), 46-55.
  •  Frauman, E. (2015). Gender and the role of intuition in staff training and the field among college outdoor program professional staff. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 7(1), 48–61,
  •  Rabinowitz, E. & Frauman, E. (2015). Sanitation Procedures and Policies among University Climbing Walls in the United States. Journal of Outdoor Education and Educational Leadership. 6(1). 68-72
  •  Rabinowitz, E., Frauman, E. & Williams, W. (2010). Constraints to Rafting at an Artificial Whitewater Park, Journal of Tourism Insights
  •  Rabinowitz, E. & Frauman, E. (2009). A Preliminary Investigation of Sensation-Seeking and Risk-Based Recreation among College Students: Implications for Intramural and Outdoor Programs. Recreational Sports Journal, 33, 2
Title: Professor
Department: RMPE

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6317

Office address
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