The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Dr. Gwynn M. Powell

Associate Professor
Email: gwynnp@clemson.edu
Tel: 864-656-6123
Location: 296 Lehotsky Hall

B.S. Psychology; Speech & Dramatic Arts, Mercer University
M.S. Outdoor Recreation, Indiana University
Ph.D. PRTM, Clemson University

Specialty area:
  • International Youth Development;
  • Organized Youth Camp Administration
Additional Professional Responsibilities:  
  • US Ambassador for the International Camping Fellowship
  • Board of Directors for Camp Twin Lakes
  • Volunteer for the American Camp Association
  • Volunteer Advisor for Camp Future Stars
Research Interests:
  • Integrated Curriculum Design, Experiential Education
  • Student Engagement
  • Administrative Issues facing Youth Development Professionals
  • Active ways to teach English as a Foreign Language

My primary teaching responsibilities are in the Park, Recreation and Tourism Management undergraduate CRSCM core specializing in administration and youth development courses. The focus of the learning community model is balanced in regard to content, experiential education strategies and methods.

The context for my research is a focus on the challenges and complexity of issues facing youth development professionals. I empirically examine three domains that youth development professionals encounter: risk management, staff training, and program development and translate the applied research into training materials for both students and practitioners. My research findings have informed professionals‟ abilities to provide high-quality programs to youth and respond efficiently and effectively to critical issues they face. 

    Publications (last 5 years):
    Powell, G. M. (2013). Continuum of collaboration: Little steps for little feet. Schole,28(1), 24-31.

    Powell, G. M. (2013). Getting started: Curriculum explorations process. Schole, 28(1), 77-80.

    Powell, G. M., Johnson, C. W., Dunlap, R., & James, J. J. (2013). With their permission: The resisters, skeptics, and critics. Schole, 28(1), 112-120.

    Pate, J., Tobias, T., Johnson, C. W., & Powell, G. M. (2011). How to invite engagement through community connection and civic action. Schole, 26(2), 65-70.

    Smith, A., Johnson, C .W., Powell, G. P, & Oliver, J. P. (2011). The relationship between service learning and cultural competency in undergraduate students: A qualitative case study. Schole, 26(2), 1-13.

    Powell, G., James, J. J., Yerkes, R. (2011). Looking back: Education in a “formal” sense. Camping Magazine, pp. 17-18.

    Tobias, T., Pate, J., Powell, G., & Johnson, C. W. (2010). Opening the eyes of students: The first step toward service-learning. Schole: The Journal of Recreation and Leisure Education, 26, 105-110. 

    Powell, G., & James, J. J. (2010). Health and safety in Children’s State Camps. Russian Children’s Healthy Camp Journal, (10), 41-43.

    Powell, G. (2010). Recreation and healthcare for children during summer vacation. Russian Journal of Childrens Recreation, (1), 9-11.

    Powell, G. (2010) The importance of camp in children's upbringing. Russian Journal of Childrens Recreation, (1,) 45-47.

    Erceg, L. E., Garst, B. A., Powell, G. M., & Yard, E. E. (2009). An injury and illness surveillance program for children and staff: Improving the safety of youth settings. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 2(4), 121-132.

    Grants and Self-funded Research Projects:
    Gay, J. L., Orpinas, P., & Powell, G. M. (2012). Salud! Culturally-appropriate, life skills activities for Latino families. Office of Institutional Diversity. University of Georgia. $1510

    Powell, G. M., & Hou, S. (2011). HIV Prevention in a Camp Setting. Global Camps Africa. $5,000.

    Powell, G. M. (2010). Youth Camp Design based on Selected Outcomes. US AID. $6,000.

    Powell, G. M. (2007). Russian Youth Development Professional Exchange. CCUSA. $5,000.

    Courses Taught:

    PRTM 353 Introduction to Camp Counseling
    PRTM 455 Advanced Programming and Event Management

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