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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Jonathan Hicks

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Jonathon HicksAssistant Professor

Phone: 507-389-2747


  • Ph.D., Recreation Management, University of Illinois, 2016
  • M.S., Recreation Management, University of Illinois, 2010
  • B.A., Print Journalism, Western Illinois University, 2004


  • Resource Management

Teaching Experience

Prior to his arrival at Minnesota State, Dr. Hicks gained teaching experience in a variety of environmental education and summer camp settings. His involvement in outdoor recreation eventually led him to study and teach at the University of Illinois where he served as a lecturer and internship coordinator. During that time, he focused on incorporating experiential education into the classroom and utilizing applied research to bolster student knowledge and enhance environmental awareness. He earned numerous commendations for his community-driven approach to teaching and he considers his work as student mentor as among his most significant contributions.

Selected Publications:

Hicks, J.R. (2016).  Mixed emotions: A qualitative exploration of northern Illinois whitetail deer-related decision making.  Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.  

Hicks, J.R. (2016). Children as an emotional amplifier in northern Illinois white-tailed deer interactions. Journal of Environmental Education.

Hicks, J.R. & Weisman, C.J. (2015). Work or play? An Exploration of the Relationships between People and their Service Dogs in Leisure Activities. Journal of Leisure Research, 47, 243-262.

Hicks, J.R. (2013). More Than A Feeling: How and why emotional connections to wildlife contribute to effectively managing parks and open space. Parks and Recreation Magazine, July.

Area of Research Interest:

Human Dimensions of Wildlife

Emotional Aspects of Wildlife-Related Recreation

Natural Resource Recreation Planning and Management

Courses Taught

RPLS 272 Introduction to RPLS

RPLS 282 Wildlife as a Recreation Resource

RPLS 478 Review of Outdoor Recreation Research

RPLS 481/581 Park Planning