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Nate Trauntvein

Nate Trauntvein

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: HPER 128
IconPhone: 435-797-1509


I am currently the Recreation Administration Program Director, a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, and a member of the Engaged Teaching Excellence Committee at Utah State University.


I earned a Ph.D. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University; M.S. Leisure Studies, Pennsylvania State University; B.S. Parks and Recreation, Utah State University.

I was a parks and recreation director for the City of Providence, UT before going to graduate school. Throughout my career I have conducted applied, management focused research with Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests, New Hampshire State Parks, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, The National Ski Patrol, numerous community recreation organizations.

I currently serve as a Board Member for the Utah Recreation and Parks Association.


I have a passion for teaching in the classroom at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  His favorite course to instruct include Leisure and Human Behavior (PRP/RAM 1500), Management of Recreation Services (PRP/RAM 4500), and History of Leisure (PRP/RAM 4100).


I have worked on community based, and statewide studies examining volunteerism, attitudes toward corporate sponsorship, constraints to participation, and recreation needs assessments.  Nate uses a variety of research methods ranging from qualitative to structural equation modeling.