Mark E. Havitz

Mark E. Havitz
Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1987
Current Position: 
Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo

Dr. Havitz's research interests involve the study of marketing and consumer behaviour in leisure, recreational and touristic contexts. His research applies this subject-matter most often to public sector and non-profit sector delivery systems which provide special challenges related to social and environmental issues, equity, and unresponsive markets. Specifically, his three major areas of concentration have been related to enduring involvement, loyalty and commitment, and leisure and unemployment. He is senior author of The Diverse Worlds of Unemployed Adults, and he has edited a book of case studies focusing on financing and marketing public park and recreation services and co-authored a Canadian supplement to John Crompton's Financing and Acquiring Park and Recreation Resources text. Dr. Havitz was editor of the Journal of Applied Recreation Research from 1994 to 1999 and oversaw, as co-editor, its transition to Leisure: The Journal of the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies in 2000. He served for eight years as associate editor with the Journal of Leisure Research and as co-chair of the NRPA Leisure Research Symposium for 2000 and 2001. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies, a board member with the Ontario Research Council on Leisure, and a supporter of the Academy of Leisure Sciences/SPRE Future Scholars Program. His serious leisure interests include volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, running, and researching family history.