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Randal G. Baker

Randal G. Baker

Director of Travel and Tourism Program
Professor, at SCSU since 1993
BS 1987, Brigham Young University
MA 1987, The George Washington University
Ph.D. 1993, Oregon State University
Stewart Hall 348
phone: (320) 308-2271
Interests: tourism development, community development, natural resources, outdoor recreation

Advisor: All Travel & Tourism Majors

Course Responsibility

GEOG 276: Geography of Travel and Tourism I
GEOG 277: Geography of Travel and Tourism II
GEOG 393: Geography of Outdoor Recreation
GEOG 396 Tourism Development
GEOG 434: Travel/Tourism Seminar
GEOG 496 Tourism and the Environment
GEOG 610 Research Process in Geography

Graduate Student Advisees (delete if N/A)
Thesis Completed

John Lindberg: Applying Ecotourism Diagnostic Guidelines in Managing Minnesota State Parks

Thesis in Progress
Jessica Rossier

Selected Publications
Tourism and Community Perceptions: An Examination of Mount St. Helen's Tourism as Perceived by Local Residents. Ph. D. dissertation. Oregon State University , 1993.

Grants/Consulting Work

USDA Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service Research Career Enhancement Grant, Tourism and Community Perceptions, $69.278 . Funding to conduct follow-up study of community perceptions of tourism near Mount St. Helens , WA . .

MN DNR, Division of Forestry, Visual Quality Assessment GIS Project , $12.569. Included the construction of ArcView 2.1 coverages of visual quality classifications for highways, lakes, and rivers in 11 northern MN counties. Project employed six graduate students over a three-year period.

St. Cloud State University , Long Term Faculty Improvement Grant , A Survey of Ecotourism Education within Tourism Program Curriculum , $2,226. 1995

Professional Service

International Society Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE)
Member, Board of Directors (2004-2007)

Minnesota Design Team
Tourism/Recreation Specialist (1994-Present)

Member, Board of Directors (2001-2003)

Minnesota Tourism Center
Advisory Panel Tourism Business Retention and Expansion Program (1995-1999)

Minnesota Office of Tourism
Research Issues Task Force, MN White House Conference on Tourism (1999)

Technical Advisory Panel, Highway Attributes and Amenities Study (2001-03)


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