I completed my PhD in Leisure Studies at Penn State in 1991. My other educational experiences included Recreation and Parks (M.S.-Penn State) and Economics (M.A.-Western Michigan University, B.S.-Chinese Culture University). I joined the Kent State University faculty in 1990. Between 1999 and 2001, I took a leave from Kent State and joined National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan to lead the new Department of Sport and Leisure Studies as its Chair. In teaching, I have focused on management of commercial recreation, tourism development, social and philosophical issues of leisure, and park planning. My research interests include economic planning of tourism, serious leisure behavior, and classical eastern thoughts of leisure. I am currently working on research exploring the redevelopment of tourism from natural disasters and Confucius' notions of happiness and leisure.