Joy James


  • B.S.E, University of Georgia
  • M.S.,Curriculum and Instruction, Northern Illinois University
  • Ph.D., Parks Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University

Teaching Specialties

  • Introduction to Recreation
  • Camp Management
  • Recreation Resource Management
  • Outdoor Experiential Education
  • Interpretive Methods

Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • North Carolina Parks and Recreation Association
  • American Camping Association
  • National Association for Interpretation


  • Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)
  • Certified Interpretive Guide Trainer (CIGT)

Research Interests

  • Environmental Socialization
  • Health & Parks

Selected Publications

  • Weddell, M. & James, J.J. (2018). Organizational revitalization: A case study of a leisure professional association creating an action plan for change Part 2. Innovative Leisure Practices Case Vol III. pp. 51-28
  • Gross, L.A., & James, J.J. (2017). Teaching outside the box: A collaborative field experience of formal and nonformal educators. Innovations in Science Teacher Education, 2(2). Christiana, R., James. J.J. and Battista, R. (2017). Prescribing Outdoor Physical Activity to Children: Healthcare Providers’ Perspectives. Clinical Pediatrics 4. doi: 10.1177/2333794X17739193. 
  • James, J. J. & Weddell, M. (2016). Implementing organizational change: A case study of a leisure professional association’s structural change. Innovative Leisure Practices Case Vol II. Bixler, R. D. & James, J.J. (2016). Where the Sidewalk Ends: Pathways to Nature-Dependent Leisure Activities. In McGuire & Kleiber (Eds.) Leisure and Human Development. pp. 107-132. Sagamore Publishing LLC.
Title: RM Director/Professor
Department: RMPE

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6322

Office address
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