Dr. Melissa Weddell
Associate professor, recreation management and physical education
Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education
2017 Excellence in Research Award
Resort and Commercial Recreation Association
Posted Jan. 19, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Melissa Weddell, associate professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education, is the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Research Award from the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA). The award was presented to Weddell at the association’s annual conference, which was held in November 2017, in Sunriver, Oregon.
According to the RCRA, the “Excellence in Research Award recognizes the valuable contribution of a selected piece of research that is presented at the RCRA Research Symposium.”
Weddell was recognized for her contribution to research in the study “Nomadtopia: Emerging Tourism Markets,” which explores a new trend in tourism known as nomadtopia, or the “location independent family.” The study includes ethnographic interviews from families who live full time within an RV and travel across the United States, shaping a life of freedom away from the traditional confines of suburban living.
Weddell is a past recipient of the RCRA’s Outstanding Professor Award, which she earned in 2015.