Faculty

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Hyungsuk Choo, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7862
Email: hchoo@bgsu.edu
Address: 211 Eppler North

Education
B.S., In-Ha University
M.S., Purdue University
Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Research Interests:
Agritourism; Sustainable Tourism; Tourism Marketing; Tourism on Organic Farms

Courses Taught:
Undergraduate: Introduction to Tourism and Event Planning; Event & Program Planning in Travel and Tourism; Contemporary Issues in Tourism

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Travis Heggie, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-2395
Email: theggie@bgsu.edu
Address: 210 Eppler North

Education
B.S., University of Hawaii at Hilo
M.S., Texas A&M University
Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Dr. Travis Heggie is a specialist in Travel and Wilderness Medicine. His current research emphasis is focused on the health, safety, and legal aspects of the travel, tourism, outdoor recreation, and hospitality industries. The former Public Risk Management Specialist & Tort Claims Officer for the U.S. National Park Service, Dr. Heggie has been an Editorial Board Member of the highly ranked research journal Travel Medicine & Infectious Disease since 2009. He is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Travel Medicine and the International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health.  Over the years Dr. Heggie has served as the Director of the Great Plains Injury Prevention Research Center and as an adjunct Associate Research Professor with the College of Public Health, Medical, and Rehabilitation Sciences at James Cook University, Australia. In 2018, Dr. Heggie was honored as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (Faculty of Travel Medicine).

Current Research Projects:
The prevalence of high altitude pulmonary (HAPE) and cerebral edema (HACE) amongst climbers on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa. (in collaboration with the RWTH Aachen University Faculty of Medicine, Germany).

Injury and disease prevention at high end tourist resorts: it’s more than just bed bugs.

Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) and the distribution of Naegleria fowleri in North America, Australia, and Africa.

Health hazards facing geotourists in volcanic and geothermal environments.

Bob Lee

Bob Lee, Ph.D.

Position: Professor/Program Coordinator
Phone: 419-372-2396
Email: bdlee@bgsu.edu
Address: 212 Eppler N

Education
B.A. Henan University
M.S. Clemson University
Ph.D. Penn. State University

Research Interests:

Older Travelers; Health Tourism; China’s  Tourism Development; Community Event Planning;Family Recreation;  Leisure and Health; Older Adults and Information Technologies.

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate: Leisure & Tourism Services for Older Adults; Event & Programming; Organization and Administration of Leisure Services; Travel and Tourism Planning Strategy; Convention and Resort Administration; Computer Applications in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Management; Evaluation of Recreation administration.

Graduate: Research Methods; Interpretation Quantitative Research; Policy Development for Travel and Tourism Agencies.

Philip Xie

Philip Xie, Ph.D.

Position: Professor
Phone: 419-372-7595
Email: pxie@bgsu.edu
Address: 117 Eppler C

Education
M.A., University of Waterloo, Canada
Ph.D., University of Waterloo, Canada

Research Interests:
Tourism Planning, Cultural Tourism, and Event Management

Courses Taught:
Undergraduate:  Recreation Leadership; Major Concepts of Recreation; Program planning in Travel and Tourism

Graduate:  Program Design and Strategies in Recreation and Leisure Services; Research Methods; Interpretation of Quantitative Research.