Samuel V. Lankford

Samuel V. Lankford is professor and chair, Department of Recreation Administration at Fresno State.

Formerly he served as a professor, graduate coordinator, and doctoral intensive study area coordinator, and director of the Sustainable Tourism and the Environment Program at the University of Northern Iowa.

He taught at the University of Hawaii in the School of Travel Industry Management, and was also the Coordinator of the Recreation and Leisure Science degree program from 1990-2001.

He has conducted training workshops in the U.S., Canada, The Netherlands, Japan, and Vietnam.

He has a PhD with a focus in community tourism planning and development, and a master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Oregon.

He holds a master of arts in recreation and park planning and a BA in geography from CSU-Chico.

Dr. Lankford has been a practicing planner in both staff and consulting roles in California, Oregon, Washington, Iowa, Hawaii, and Canada.

He has conducted planning projects, needs assessments, community impact studies, carrying capacity studies, and market research in those states and other countries.

He specializes in tourism and recreation development. His research in tourism resulted in the development of a scale titled "Tourism Impact Attitude Scale" (TIAS), which has been used extensively internationally, and was the basis for later research on that topic.