Dr. Nate Trauntvein is an Assistant Professor of Recreation Administration, at Utah State University. He earned a Ph.D. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University; M.S. Leisure Studies, Pennsylvania State University; B.S. Parks and Recreation, Utah State University. His research is focused on understanding alternative funding and resource management of public park and recreation, and non-profit organizations. Dr. Trauntvein has worked on community-based, and statewide studies examining volunteerism, attitudes toward corporate sponsorship, constraints to participation, and recreation needs assessments. Dr. Trauntvein uses a variety of research methods ranging from qualitative to structural equation modeling. Beyond research, Dr. Trauntvein has a passion for teaching in the classroom at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His favorite course to instruct include the management of leisure services, leisure service marketing, and issues of wilderness in American society. In his free time away from work he enjoys hanging out with his family (wife and kids), biking, skiing, golfing, throwing a frisbee, and herding buffalo.