Fall 2020 Plan and Information
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Program Faculty

 RPM Faculty

Natalia Buta, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Recreation
Recreation and Parks Management Program Coordinator (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Office: Cordts PE Center 252
Telephone:
301.687.4458
Email:
nbuta@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

B.S., University of Oradea, Romania; M.A., Central Michigan University;
Ph.D., University of Florida, Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management

    • Photos and Additional Information
      Dr Buta on a Canoe Dr Buta with The FSU bobcat
      Areas of Interest

      Outdoor recreation and community and ecological well-being; management of visitors, concessionaires, and tourism in parks and protected areas; community engagement in natural resource planning and management; marketing of ecotourism and nature-based tourism destinations.

      Personal Hobbies
      Hiking, backpacking, canoeing, running, and travel



 

Dr Blankenship with an owl

Diane Blankenship, Ed.D.

Professor, Recreation and Parks Management Program

Office: Cordts PE Center 266
Telephone:
301.687.3192
Email:
dblankenship@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

B.S., Radford University; M.S., Radford University; Ed.D., Temple University

    • Photos and Additional Information
      Dr Blankenship enjoying the cold Frostburg winter Dr Blankenship with Dr Buta after a mud run
      Areas of Interest

      Extensive experience with military recreation, Department of Army International experience in the field of recreation, Europe and Germany Experience in the field as a certified recreation therapist Certified park and recreation  professional for over 20 years.

      Personal Hobbies
      Skiing, hiking, knitting, and reading


 

Kauffman canoeing

Robert Kauffman, Ph.D.

Professor, Recreation and Parks Management Program

Office: Cordts PE Center 270
Telephone:
301.687.4474
Email:
rkauffman@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.S., Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

    • Photos and Additional Information
      Dr Robert Kauffman Dr Kauffman on the opening day of the climbing wall
      Areas of Interest

      -National expert in boating safety
      -Area of expertise in the outdoors and resource management
      -Awarded the Regents’ Faculty Award for Public Service, in 2014, the highest honor that the University System of Maryland Board of Regents bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement

      Primary author of the textbook, “Integrated Risk Management for Leisure Services”.

      Personal Hobbies
      Whitewater canoeing, canoe camping, rafting


Martin Barrett

Martin Barrett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Recreation and Parks Management Program

Office: Cordts PE Center 267
Telephone:
301.687.4475
Email:
mbarrett@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

B.S., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; M.S., University of Chester (England); Ph.D., North Carolina State University

    • Photos and Additional Information
      Dr. Barrett playing cricket Dr. Barett and his son at a football game
      Areas of Interest

      Sport and social change; sport and sustainability; consumer behavior in sport; leisure behavior of immigrant populations.

      Personal Hobbies
      Playing and watching sports (cricket, golf, football, American football, basketball), and traveling with family.

Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper

Adjunct Faculty

Email: rncooper@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

Lynchburg College, Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Masters in Higher Education

    • Additional Information
      Currently Teaching

      RECR 384 Special Event Management

      Areas of Expertise

      Event Planning

      Current Job
      Director of Student Activities and Fraternity and Sorority Life

      Personal Hobbies
      Reading and going to my kids activities

 

 Donald Swogger

Donald Swogger

Adjunct Faculty

Email: dswogger@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

Frostburg State University, M.Ed Concentration in Health/Psychology

    • Additional Information
      Currently Teaching

      RECR 221 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation

      Areas of Interest

      Health Education

      Current Job

      Director, SAFE Office Prevention

      Personal Hobbies
      Coach High School Baseball


 

Brian Vought

Brian Vought

Adjunct Faculty
Degrees:

Frostburg State University, M.S. Human Performance, May 1997

    • Additional Information
       Areas of Expertise

      Recreation & Parks Administration & Management,  Event Planning & Management,  Park & Facility Design, Planning, Construction Management,  Park & Facility Management, Maintenance, & Operation  Aquatic Facility Management, Maintenance, & Operation , Anatomy & Physiology, Strength & Conditioning (NSCA, CSCS;1996-2008)

       Currently Teaching

      RECR 440 Organization and Administration of Recreation and Park

       Current Position

      Director of Parks & Recreation, City of Frostburg (2000 - Current) and
      Adjunct Instructor, FSU Dept. of Kinesiology & Recreation (2009 - Current)

      Personal Hobbies
      Working out, sports, cooking, home improvement/repair