• 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

Faculty contribute to the interdisciplinary Center for Sustainability and Master of Science in Sustainable Tourism in many and varied ways reflecting the multidisciplinary interest on the campus in sustainability and a generous willingness to engage in the research, teaching and outreach activities of the center.  Examples of these contributions include service on the MS-ST Faculty Graduate Committee, on thesis and non-thesis projects, on search committees, in recruiting and mentoring students, on external funding activities, on special projects and initiatives, in teaching core courses, on interdisciplinary research and publication efforts and on hosting visiting scholars, among others. Faculty affiliates are encouraged to cross over with other disciplines in research interests to the extent possible in order to become fully aware of, and take advantage of, the many interdisciplinary approaches and opportunities.

Return to All Affiliate Faculty

Interior Design and Merchandising

Hunt McKinnon

Assistant Professor, Dept of Interior Design and Merchandising
Secretary of the Faculty
College of Human Ecology
Rm 277 Rivers
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Voice: 252-328-3248
FAX: 252-752-3612

Community Outreach Interests

I have been involved in the ECU Outreach Scholars Program for two years and have mentored three faculty members during that time. My projects link students with community needs which generally have inspired them to increase the quality of their design in relationship with the comments that they receive from real client groups. The department's design studios have helped downtown areas that are experiencing urban decline including Greenville and Rocky Mount as well as civic organizations in Bath, Plymouth, Wilson, and Greenville. The projects that have been accomplished so far include renovation of an abandoned school complex for a community center, renovation of the Bath High School for mixed use as a library, community center, health clinic, offices for incubator industry or local businesses, and an annex for the existing state museum.

Research Interests

My current research interests relate to the special needs of older adults and in extending care to them in their homes in lieu of institutional settings such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes. The focus of this research is to determine a menu of services that can be offered to allow the older adult to live in their own homes for as long as possible. This concept has clear economic as well as sociological and psychological advantages since most elderly adults own their own homes and have reported in multiple surveys they prefer to stay there rather than to be moved to a more institutional setting. This research topic is an outgrowth of my graduate thesis as well as in the close observations of the transitions made by my own elderly parents before their death.  

A second research topic is currently being conducted in association with the Center for Sustainable Tourism. Together, we are working with the Nags Head community and in particular with a group of citizens on the North Carolina Outer Banks who want their community to be a Blue/ Green, sustainable tourist destination. Currently, we have surveyed seven beach houses and a condominium project to determine the types of renovations that would be required to update these rental units. Further, a list of sustainable standards has been envisioned and cost estimates from local building contractors are being sought to determine the payback time on the more expensive improvements. Some of the standards for improving these properties in a responsible way have no real cost implications. Other changes may be more dramatic and can be made in off season construction that will help fund the local economy. When these projects are renovated correctly there will be two advantages to the local community:

  • Nags Head will begin to enjoy the reputation of a community where preservation of its natural setting is being preserved and enhanced. This will stimulate additional tourist interest due to the unique character of the community
  • Local builders and suppliers will harvest the benefits of the renovation efforts since the area is 90% "built out" and no large scale development is envisioned in the near future. Instead, the renovations will stress quality of renovation rather than the low cost quantity of air conditioned space that has made many beachfront communities ordinary

Notable Publications

Ballard, S., Jenkins, C., Savut, N, McKinnon, W. H. , & Carroll, K. E. (2009).  'Innovative and Complementary Approaches to Enhancing Elders' Ability to Age in Place.  Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences.    

Abstract --Mckinnon, W. H. (2009).  The First Ladies of Interior Design.  Interior Design Educators Conference.    

Savut, N. Y. & McKinnon, W. H. (2008). Alternative Delivery Systems. International Federation on Ageing, Montreal, Canada.  

National--Mckinnon, W. H. & Anderson , AIA, LEED, L. (2008, October). Conducting a Post Occupancy Evaluation: Lessons Learned in Continuous Quality Improvement. aahsa Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

Mckinnon, W. H. & Savut, Y. N. (2008, April). Determining Best Practices in Assisted Living. Aging in America: a joint conference of the National Council on Aging and the American Society on Aging, Washington, District of Columbia.  

Ballard, S. M., Jenkins, C., Savut, N. Y. , Mckinnon, W. H. , & Carroll, K. E. (2008). Innovative Approaches to Enhancing Elders' Ability to 'Age in Place'. NC Conference on Aging, Greenville, North Carolina.  

Presentation of Non-Refereed Papers 

Mckinnon, W. H. (2007, February). Options for Aging in your own Space. Intercom: College of Design Research Exchange, Raleigh, North Carolina.  

Mckinnon, W. H. & Savut, Y. N. (2007, April). Best Practices in Design for the Aging- Universal Design. American Society of Interior Design Carolinas Chapter Annual Meeting, Winston Salem, North Carolina.  


History of Interiors I: Prehistory to the Victorians
History of Interiors II: The Victorians to the present
INT DES II: Commercial Design: Sophomore level
INT DES III: Building Systems
INT DES Internship
INT DES IV: Universal Design
INT DES V: Commercial Design: Senior Capstone Studio

Sustainable Tourism | Hunt McKinnon

Tell a friend about this page.
All fields required.
Can be sent to only one email address at a time.
Share Facebook Icon Twitter Icon
  Follow CET facebook_1 twitter_1 youtube_1


You can use

this text element

or delete it to

add other elements.


Give To East Carolina University