• 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.

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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 sustainable tourism 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.

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Paige Schneider
Adventure and Rural Tourism

Paige P. Viren, PhD

Affiliate Faculty, Center for Sustainable Tourism
East Carolina University
Recreation and Leisure Studies Department
1408 Belk Building–300 Curry Court Mail Stop 540
Greenville, NC 27858

Community Outreach Interests

Dr. Viren's research interests revolve around consumer behavior and tourism, with a special focus on adventure travel and sustainable community-based tourism in rural areas. She has worked closely with the Adventure Travel Trade Association examining adventure industry issues and trends, and in eastern North Carolina working with rural communities in developing sustainable community-based tourism as an alternative means of diversifying the rural economy (see article/video). Over 12 years of travel industry experience provides Dr. Viren with valuable insight and understanding of the importance of translating research into practical application for the tourism industry. She leads study abroad programs to Australia and Fiji, was selected as the 2012-13 Outstanding Faculty Affiliate for the Center for Sustainable Tourism, and was nominated for the University Scholarship of Engagement award for 2013. In her leisure, Dr. Viren enjoys adventures all over the world (she's had adventures on 5 continents with Africa and Antarctica next on her adventure bucket list), hiking and running, and spending time with family and friends.

Selected Publications

Viren, P.P., Kline, C., & Tsao, J. (2014).Social networks and tourism in the Roanoke River Valley. Anatolia – An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research. doi: 10.1080/13032917.2014.907187

Beedle, J., Kline, C., Cardenas, D., Byrd, E. T., & Schneider, P. P. (2013).An exploration of gendered systems theory on women owned businesses in emerging tourism destinations: Future directions. Journal of Tourism & Cultural Change, 11 (3), 170-186.

Schneider, P.P., & Vogt, C.A. (2012). Applying the 3M Model of personality and motivation to adventure travelers. Journal of Travel Research 51(6), pp. 704-716.

Stevens, C. A., Schneider, P.P., Johnson, C.W. (2012). Preparing students to write a professional philosophy of recreation paper. Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 27(2), 43-56.

Alderman, D. H. & *Benjamin, S. K. & Schneider, P. P. (2012). Transforming Mount Airy into Mayberry: Film-induced tourism as place-making. Southeastern Geographer 52(2), 212-239. The University of North Carolina Press.

Benjamin, S.K., Schneider, P.P., & Alderman, D.H. (2012). Film tourism event longevity: Lost in Mayberry. Tourism Review International 16, 139-150.

Stevens, C. A., & Schneider, P.P. (2010). Teaching students to apply foundational knowledge. Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 25, 123-129.

Schneider, P. P., Latkova, P., & Vogt, C. A. (2008). Consumers' need for uniqueness: Seeking the trait through adventure travel. Travel and Tourism Research Association.

Schneider, P. P., & Vogt, C. A. (2008). Soft vs. hard adventure travelers: A profile of "Dream it. Plan it. Do it." Presented atNortheast Recreation Research Symposium, Bolton Landing, New York.

Schneider, P. P., & Vogt, C. A. (2007). Travel career approach to adventure tourist motivation. Presented at Northeast Recreation Research Symposium, Bolton Landing, New York.

Schneider, P. P., & Vogt, C. A. (2006). Defining adventure travel with consumers' perception of image & benefits.Northeast Recreation Research Symposium.

Schneider, P. P., Vogt, C. A. , & Smith, S. W. (2006). Segmenting the adventure travel market: An extension of Sung, Morrison, & O'Leary. Travel and Tourism Research

Xie, F.F., & Schneider, P.P. (2004). Challenges and opportunities for adventure tourism: The case of Patagonia, Chile. Tourism Recreation Research, 29(1), 57-65.


RCLS 6000: Philosophical and Social Foundations of Leisure Services
RCLS 4800: Outdoor Recreation Consortium
RCLS 4124: Study Abroad in Sustainable Tourism – Australia/Fiji
RCLS 4122: Case Studies in Leisure Management
RCLS 4121: Tourism Planning & Development
RCLS 4004: Philosophy/Current Issues in Leisure
RCLS 3120: Introduction to Commercial Tourism
RCLS 2000: Introduction to Leisure Services


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