37th  Annual

Southeastern Recreation Research Conference

 March 22nd -March 24th 2015

Asheville, NC


Conference venue and lodging

Conference fees and registration


Call for papers

Student Scholarships

Contact Us



Conference Proceedings


 We invite you to participate in the 37th Annual Southeastern Recreation Research (SERR) Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. Graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, planners, land managers, and researchers are all encouraged to attend the conference and submit a proposal for an oral or poster presentation.


Abstract Deadline: January 15, 2015.



The SERR conference

The Southeastern Recreation Research (SERR) Conference provides an exceptional opportunity for researchers and managers within the parks, recreation and amenity management system fields to learn about and discuss each other's projects, research findings, and regional needs. The conference focus is on outdoor-based leisure, recreation and tourism research; however, other topics are welcome if they have a direct link to this focus. The conference setting supports both formal presentations and informal discussions in a relaxed setting. This years conference is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service.




Conference venue and lodging

Asheville, North Carolina is known for its natural beauty, active music scene, its variety of eating and drinking establishments and artistic community. It is minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Biltmore Estate. Asheville, founded in 1784, has a long and fascinating history and is now the largest city in western North Carolina.

A revitalized downtown also offers shopping for those interested in checking out local art, jewelry, clothing and more. Even if you are just looking for a nice walk around the Downtown area, Asheville has plenty to look at and some nice coffee shops and brew pubs. There is something for everyone in Asheville. After visiting Asheville you will find yourself wanting to come back and explore more.

In the heart of Downtown Asheville is the Marriott Renaissance Asheville Hotel. The hotel offers a variety of quality rooms and suites (starting at $104 - SERR rate), and amenities include a gym and a restaurant in the hotel. TEL: 1-828-252-8211 or 1-800-468-3571

Please call for reservations and mention the SERR Conference when you make your reservations.

Or reserve your room on-line at: Renaissance Asheville Hotel

The discount rate is only good through: February 22nd, 2015

Renaissance Asheville Hotel

Exterior  Renaissance Asheville Hotel



Click here for Hotel website and directions: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/avlbr-renaissance-asheville-hotel/







Conference fees and registration

The conference fee remains a bargain at $60.00 for students/retirees and $100.00 for professionals who register before the end of the day March 1st.  Those who register after March 1st 2015 will pay an additional $15 late registration fee.  Late registration must be made by check, money order or cash at the conference. Make check or Money Order out to Southeastern Recreation Research (SERR) and give it to Stephanie West at the conference.

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Transportation: See Renaissance Asheville Hotel website for directions


Call for papers

We invite your participation in the 37th Annual Southeastern Recreation Research (SERR) Conference scheduled for March 22th through March 24th, 2015 in Asheville, North Carolina.  Graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, agency planners, land managers, and researchers are all encouraged to attend the conference and submit a proposal for an oral or poster presentation.  Oral presentations will be given in a conference room setting.  Audiovisual support will be available in the form of a laptop (with a CD-ROM drive and a USB port) and a projection unit.  Each oral presenter will be given 20 minutes for presenting their paper and 5 minutes for discussion. Authors presenting planned or uncompleted research may be asked to make their presentations in the form of a poster.


Presentation Proposals: Abstracts (consisting of a cover sheet and a 500 word abstract) for oral and poster presentations at the 2015 SERR Conference are now being sought.  Presentations should be of an empirical, conceptual, or theoretical nature related to the following topics:

● Outdoor Recreation & Education          

● Management of Leisure Programs and Services

● Leisure and Recreation Behavior

● Recreation Economics or Policy 

● Nature-based Travel and Tourism

● Park and Protected Area Planning and Management

  ● Parks, Physical Activity and Health

● Methodological Aspects of Recreation Research

Authors are encouraged to give presentations focusing on completed empirical research, as well as conceptual papers on innovative models or theories, perspectives, or methods.  Presentations detailing innovative recreation programs or other applied practices within the field are also encouraged.  Submissions should include a component addressing policy, planning, or management implications.  As always, graduate student research will be an important part of the conference.  Graduate student attendance and submissions are strongly encouraged.

Abstract Submission: Please email your proposal as two MS Word file (2000 or higher version) attachments to Dr. Yu-Fai Leung, North Carolina State University leung@ncsu.edu Your submittal should include the following two separate files:

File 1 - Cover Sheet: This should include the title, author(s) name(s), position title(s), affiliation, address, telephone number, and email address.  At the bottom of the page, please indicate if you prefer to give your paper as an oral presentation, poster presentation, or no preference. Please name your File 1 using this format - COVER_LASTNAME_INITIALS_Cover_3wordtitle (e.g. COVER_SMITH_JW_Visualizing Rural Landscapes)


File 2 - Abstract: Limited to 500 words. Your abstract should be sufficiently detailed to permit judgment of the paper's quality.  Abstracts of empirical papers should include a problem statement, methods (including analysis), results, and address policy, planning, or management implications.  Abstracts of conceptual and theoretical papers should include a problem statement and discussion with a system of organization similar to that of the empirical papers. A list of references is not required but may be added as an appendix at the author's discretion.  Your abstract should be double-spaced in 12-point font with margins all one inch.  You must include a title but NOT your name in File 2.  The title should be capitalized and centered (long titles broken into two lines). Any tables and figures should be clear and easy to read.  Place tables and figures at the end of the abstract with reference made in the body of the abstract. Text on tables, figures, and/or references is NOT included in the 500 word count for the abstract. Please name your File 2 using this format - ABSTRACT_3wordtitle (e.g. ABSTRACT_Visualizing Rural Landscapes).





Selection: Selection of abstracts for presentation will be based upon review by two or more peers of the SERR community.  Authors with accepted abstracts are expected to present their papers at the conference.  In the case of multiple authorship on papers, at least one author must be present.  Abstracts submitted are expected to meet professional standards.

Deadline: All proposals must be submitted by January 15, 2015.  Authors will receive notification of acceptance or rejection along with reviewers' comments within four weeks of the date of their proposal submission.  A list of presenters with session titles will be available on this website by the third week of January. Authors will receive notification of acceptance or rejection along with reviewers' comments by January 23, 2015. A list of presenters with session titles will be available on the SERR website by the end of February 2015.

Student Scholarships

Thanks to the generous support of conference sponsors and the annual silent auction proceeds, we are offering a limited number of student scholarships for undergraduate and/or graduate students to attend this year's SERR conference. The scholarship will be for $100 to cover registration and travel for the conference. Interested students need to email a one-page letter (as an attached MS Word file) to conference co-chair, Wayde Morse (morsewc@auburn.edu) describing how they believe their academic and professional interests will be enhanced by their attendance.    

Contact Us


Please direct any questions regarding the conference to one of this year's conference co-chairs:

Wayde Morse, Auburn University morsewc@auburn.edu

Yu-Fai Leung, North Carolina State University leung@ncsu.edu




Conference Proceedings (Past Conferences):


Proceedings of the 2013 and 2014 Southeastern Recreation Research Conference

Proceedings of the 2011 and 2012 Southeastern Recreation Research Conference

2012 SERR (Auburn, AL)


2011 SERR (Boone, NC)


2010 SERR (Greenville, SC)


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