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Family and Consumer Sciences

Kenneth A. Cohen, Ph.D.

Recreation and Tourism
Associate Professor - Recreation Management
Office: Michaelsen, Room 231
Office Phone: 509-963-1967
Fax: 509-963-2787


Ph.D., University of Idaho; Resource Recreation Tourism
MPA, Lewis & Clark College; Public Administration
B.S., University of Colorado; Recreation

Professional Experience

  • Central Washington University, 2007 to present.
  • State University of New York, Cortland.
  • University of Idaho, Department of Conservation Social Science, 2004-2006.
  • Director of Community Events & Recreation, Stevenson, WA, 1996-2003.

Professional Presentations and Scholarship

  • Sustainable tourism: Strategic planning; cultural dimensions of resource management planning; nature-based tourism strategies.
  • Community capacity building: Leadership development; attracting and expanding social capital; asset-based approaches to community building; community coaching – tailoring leadership training to community contexts to guide systemic change.
  • Recreation and tourism management:  Developing strategic action plans; adaptive management systems; sustainable approaches to revenue generation; outcome-based performance evaluation.


Dr. Cohen has traveled extensively in Ecuador, Greece, Sweden, Israel, and Egypt