Ingrid E. Schneider

Ingrid E. Schneider
Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Ph.D., Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University, 1995
Current Position: 
Professor, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
Future Scholars Committee

Dr. Schneider teaches and does research in the human dimensions of natural resources with an emphasis on outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism.

Prior to joining the University of Minnesota’s Department of Forest Resources, Ingrid was an Associate Professor & Co-Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management at Arizona State University.

Schneider’s research focuses on consumer behavior related to outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism, with an emphasis on visitor attitudes and behaviors.

Schneider was recognized as a ‘future scholar’ in 1992 by the Academy of Leisure Sciences and then a ‘scholar’ when she was inducted into the Academy in 2012. Schneider continues to be most interested in the constraints to leisure experiences and benefits, both individual and institutional. Schneider has published more than 50 articles, 10 book chapters, and recently launched the 3rd edition of ‘Diversity and Inclusion in the Recreation Profession: Organizational Perspectives.’

In 2015, Schneider stepped down from 12 years as the Director of the University of Minnesota’s Tourism Center, a research and education Center. Her efforts lead to both individual and organizational accolades with the Center winning the ‘Friend of Minnesota Tourism’ award in 2009 and Schneider the same award in 2014.

The Center’s “Tourism at Play’ video, detailing the importance of tourism and the Tourism Center’s work, won a 2010 Midwestern Emmy.

Schneider has served the profession in a variety of capacities including reviewer and co-Chair for the Leisure Research Symposium, associate editor for the Journal of Park & Recreation Administration, Leisure Sciences and editor of Journal of Leisure Research.

Expertise: outdoor recreation, human dimensions of natural resources, social psychology,  recreation conflict, constraints, stress ,diversity and inclusion, crowding, visitor behavior, nature based tourism, ecotourism, sustainable tourism, leisure time physical activity