New Editor-in-Chief Selected for the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration
Urbana, Ill. — The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with Sagamore-Venture is pleased to announce that Dr. Brijesh Thapa from the University of Florida will serve a three-year term as the new editor-in-chief for the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration ( JPRA ). Dr. Robert C. Burns of West Virginia University, who served for three years, preceded him.

Dr. Brijesh (Brij) Thapa is a professor in the Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management at the University of Florida. Since 2000, he has served in various academic and administrative capacities at the department, college, and university level. In addition, he is also an affiliate faculty in other units such as the School of Natural Resources and Environment, Warrington College of Business, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Water Institute, Biodiversity Institute, Transportation Research Center, and the Graduate Program in Development Practice.

Overall, his research theme is within the nexus of tourism, conservation, and sustainability. In this context, he has explored issues and associated linkages among key stakeholder groups (e.g., visitors, residents, tourism industry, and policy makers) in the U.S. and developing countries. From a U.S. perspective, he has examined specific lines of inquiry related to environmentalism, recreation behavior, planning, and management issues at various nature-based settings managed by the state and federal government. Among developing countries, his research has focused on the examination of multiple themes (i.e., visitor experience, conservation finance, governance, community-based conservation, sustainable tourism, etc.) within the context of people, parks, and protected areas management. He has conducted and facilitated numerous interdisciplinary projects in the U.S. and globally in various capacities (e.g., research, training, university partnership, graduate student research) in over 30 countries. Overall, his research findings are tools for managers and policy makers to effectively manage visitors, residents, and cultural and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Recently, he has focused on capacity building and institutional development projects with respect to curriculum development, research, and training in recreation, tourism, nature and cultural heritage conservation, and natural resources management. He has received funding from U.S. federal agencies such as the Departments of State, Education, Agriculture, and Interior; the U.S. Agency for International Development; and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Collectively, he has an extensive record of scholarly publications (100+ outputs in journals and book chapters), presentations (200+ international, national, regional, local, and invited), and grant-funded activities ($3 million+). He has also supervised and mentored 11 PhD and 21 MS graduate students.

The JPRA has been guided by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Robert C. Burns for the past three years. Dr. Burns is the director of the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources and a professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources at West Virginia University. He is also a former career military officer. Along with the collaborative help of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, Dr. Burns has helped increase the journal’s impact by developing innovative, practice-centered opportunities for publication, including research notes, book reviews, a revised Programs That Work section, and the Legends and Legacies section, which provides an opportunity for senior writers to publish short essays on topical issues. Regarding the future of the journal, Dr. Burns commented, “JPRA will be in very capable hands under the leadership of Dr. Brij Thapa, who has for two decades conducted research and published manuscripts that are germane to both researchers and practitioners.” During this three-month transition, Dr. Burns and Dr. Thapa will work closely, continuing to produce the JPRA .

Referring to his new role of JPRA editor-in-chief, Dr. Thapa stated, “I have been a strong supporter of JPRA for the past twenty years as an associate editor, special issue editor, associate editor for research notes, and author. I am truly honored to be given this opportunity to build on the foundation of previous editors and the outgoing editor, Dr. Burns. For the past three decades, JPRA has been the leading journal to advance research knowledge and best practices for multiple stakeholders (i.e., academics, students, practitioners, policy makers, government, etc.) within the field, and it is vital that this role is maintained to ensure continued success in the future. Also, the core characteristic of the journal with respect to the integration of academic and practitioner values will be the foundation of my vision and approach to advance JPRA . Moreover, I would like to further build on the current initiatives to strengthen JPRA as a global platform with respect to authorships, editorial board composition, and audience.”

We are pleased that Dr. Thapa has accepted this position and look forward to working with him in the near future as we continue to grow the JPRA
About the Journal
One of the leading journals in the park and recreation discipline, the  Journal of Park and Recreation Administration ( JPRA ) was launched in 1983 to encourage scholarly research and the advancement of knowledge for best management practices and delivery services. For over three decades,  JPRA  has provided information to enhance the effectiveness and professionalism of park and recreation administrators.   JPRA  is an official refereed publication of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and Sagamore-Venture.

The Editorial Review Board and associate editors are located on the journal website at .
Support for the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration launched the  Journal of Park and Recreation Administration ( JPRA ) in 1983 to further its goal of enhancing the practice of park administration by producing scholarly papers and conducting research. The JPRA has long provided a forum for management and organizational analysis of the delivery of park, recreation, and leisure services. Since its inception, JPRA has been committed to the advancement of the park and recreation field. It is central to building the field’s body of knowledge and enhancing the effectiveness and professionalism of park and recreation administrators.