New Faculty: Joelle Soulard
Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Dr. Soulard recently completed her PhD in the Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Virginia Tech.
Her research focuses on empowering travel experiences that encourage meaningful interactions between travelers and destination residents and inspire civic engagement. Her goal is to explore creative, relevant, and inclusive solutions to challenges faced by communities in which tourism development is occurring.
Dr. Soulard said she found RST’s value for community-centered approaches to research, teaching, and outreach appealing. “RST’s focus on producing meaningful and impactful research that benefits local communities in a sustainable and inclusive manner resonated deeply with me, and I am excited to become part of this dynamic and creative team of faculty,” she said.