Joy James


  • PhD, Parks Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University
  • Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, Northern Illinois University
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Georgia


  • RM 2110 Introducation to Recreation and Leisure
  • RM 3242 Tourism in Costa Rica
  • RM 2210 Recreation Resource Management
  • RM 3315 Career Development

Teaching Specialties

  • Leisure & Recreation
  • Human Dimensions of Resource Management
  • Outdoor/Environmental Education
  • Interpretation

Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • National Association for Interpreters
  • Association for Experiential Education
  • North American Association for Environmental Education
  • International Association for Society and Natural Resources
  • National Parks and Recreation Association

Research Interests

  • Children in the outdoors
  • Learning in nonformal educational settings outdoor, adventure, experiential and interpretation
  • Natural and Cultural Interpretation
  • Environmental socialization
  • Healthy Lifestyles/Children
  • Formative evaluation in nonformal educational settings
  • Human dimensions of natural resources

Selected Publications

  • James, J. J. & Bixler, R. (accepted Fall 2009). Environmental Socialization: A developmental model for natural history oriented environmental professionals. Children, Youth and Environments.
  • James, J. J. & Bixler, R. (2008). Children's role in meaning making through their participation in an environmental education program. Journal of Environmental Education 39 (1): 44-59.
  • Vadala, C., Bixler, R. D., & James, J. J. (2007) Childhood Play and Environmental Interests: Panacea or Snake Oil? Journal of Environmental Education 39 (1): 3-18.
  • Bixler, R. D. & James, J. J. (2005). Environmental Socialization: The Critical Peripheral. In W. L. Filho (Ed.) Handbook of Sustainability Research.
Title: Associate Professor

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6322

Office address
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