Keri Schwab is an assistant professor in the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. She teaches core undergraduate courses including Introduction to RPT, Evaluation and Assessment Methods, and Programming and Leadership.
Schwab holds a BA in media arts/journalism from James Madison University, an MS in parks, recreation, and tourism from the University of Utah, and earned her doctoral degree in the same department. Her MS and PhD studies focused on positive youth development and family leisure.
While earning her degrees, Schwab continued to use her journalism degree and writing experience to help coauthor several articles related to the role recreation plays in positive youth development and individual, community, and environmental health.
She also has an interest in teaching and learning, and has both published and presented on this topic, including studying students who earned a degree in sport management and looking at enhancing critical thinking through scaffolding. Her professional experiences in the field include work in several youth and family-focused programs such as after-school recreation, early childhood dance/movement, home-based early intervention, and as a grant writer for Head Start.
Prior to her work in parks, recreation, and tourism, Schwab worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer, and continues to use those skills today on projects such as A Career With Meaning.