• Community Sense of Place Community Sense of Place Tourism Impacts and Second Home Development: A Sustainable Approach
  • Climate, Weather, and Tourism Climate, Weather, and Tourism Tourism destinations and their individual tourism businesses are all vying for tourists at their respective locations.
  • Engagement and Community Engagement and Community In partnership with the Office of Engagement, Innovation, and Economic Development.
  • Rural Tourism Rural Tourism Sustaining rural America is one of today's pressing issues.
  • RESET RESET Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism
  • US Travel Care Code US Travel Care Code The United States Travel Care Code has been developed and is managed by the Center for Sustainable Tourism.
  • RETI RETI The Renewable Energy in Tourism Initiative
  • Tourism and Entrepreneurship Tourism and Entrepreneurship Developing the local tourism industry as part of an economic development strategy.

Affiliate Faculty

Affiliate Faculty share an interest and enthusiasm for the Center's mission, conduct tourism research activities in conjunction with the Center, serve as thesis advisors and members, and mentor students working on sustainable tourism related research.


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Catherine Smith
Public Discourse and Sustainability

Catherine F. Smith

Professor of English
East Carolina University Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, UNC-Chapel Hill
Bate 2109
East Carolina University
Greenville NC 27858
Voice: 252-328-5513
Fax: 252-328-4889

Community Outreach Interests

I am interested in assisting nonprofit organizations and community groups with political advocacy or fundraising to address public needs. I have experience in preparing witnesses to participate in governmental public hearings. I am especially interested in working with rural communities. In eastern North Carolina, I helped to collect oral histories of African-American farmers, teachers, and activists in the Tillery community. I have experience in writing grant applications and in teaching organizational grant writers. In central Pennsylvania, I helped to acquire public and private funding to protect clean streams and to conserve farmland, wildlife habitat, and cultural resources.

Research Interests

I am a specialist in professional communication with general interests in public discourse. I am particularly interested in communication in or with government at any level. Past studies focused on deliberation in Congressional committee public hearings. Recent studies focus on professional and public communication in operations of county emergency management during hurricanes in eastern North Carolina. Related studies analyze access to hurricane risk information by diverse publics (residents, businesses, tourists) in the region; the flow of risk information through local social networks, and the effect of emergency communication on risk perception and behavior.

Notable Publications

  • Writing Public Policy:  A Practical Guide to Communicating in the Policymaking Process, 2d edition.  Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • "Making Sense of Hurricanes:  Public Discourse and Perceived Risk of Extreme Weather."  In Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines,  http://cadaad.net/journal, vol. 4 (2): 180 – 196, 2010.  With Donna J. Kain.  
  • "Information Usability Testing."  In Usability of Complex Information Systems:  Evaluation of User Interaction, edited by Michael J. Albers and Brian Still, 305-332.  CRC Press, 2010.   With Donna J. Kain and Menno de Jong. 


  • ENGL 7790: Public Interest Writing

Sustainable Tourism | Catherine Smith

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