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College of Natural Resources

Charlynne Smith

Research Associate

Center for Geospatial Analytics, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing) 3024C



Current Ph.D. student in PRTM Department: research focus on public participatory geographic information systems (PPGIS) for natural resource management, planning and the stakeholder communication process.

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Master of Natural Resources, emphasis Spatial Information Science
  • Minor Landscape Architecture

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  B.S.

  • Recreation Resources Administration, emphasis Program Management

Certification:  Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP)

Fellow:  Natural Resources Leadership Institute, 2010

Current Research Interests

  • Spatial database development for natural and cultural resource inventory and management
  • Use of spatial information technology to improve workflow efficiency
  • Application of knowledge, skills and experience in the areas community engagement, park planning and natural resource management

Outreach, Extension & Instructional Activities

Charlynne works in a dual role as a GIS Research Associate with the Geospatial Information Science & Technology Program and as a Recreation Consultant with Recreation Resources Service (RRS).

Current GIST projects:

  • Wake County Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) – community asset map for web access
  • National Park Service – Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail – spatial database development and data access through web browser

Current Recreation Resources Service (RRS) Technical Assistance:

  • Engage with local communities across NC to provide park planning assistance: completed projects for over 40 NC communities.  Recent projects include Fayetteville-Cumberland, Currituck County and the Town of Mills River.

Learn more about selected research projects on the GIST website.

Instructional Activities, GIST and PRTM Programs:

o    GIS 520 – Advanced Geospatial Analytics: co-instruct graduate level course for GIST Masters and Certificate program students

o    GIS 590 – Geospatial Information Science Master’s Project: lead instructor for final project course for students completing the GIST Master’s degree

o    PRT 451 – Principles of Recreation Planning and Facility Development: instruct senior-level undergraduate course

  • Director, Supervisors’ Management School (SMS) –Guide 9-member Board of Regents in curriculum development and instruction for the two year professional development certificate program.  SMS is offered through PRTM at the National Training Center (Oglebay – Wheeling, WV) each November. Learn about other professional development schools offered through PRTM on the Oglebay School webpage.

Current Doctoral Graduate Students and Research Projects

Charlynne Smith, Participatory GIS and Stakeholder Engagement (Co-Advisor; North Carolina State University)

Ryan Aylesworth, Interagency Collaboration in the Mississippi River Basin: Institutional Framework for Effective Natural Resource governance (Co-advisor, University of Minnesota)

Selected Presentations

Leung, Y.-F., C. Walden-Schreiner, A. Miller, C. Smith, and W.-L. Tsai. (January 2012) A geospatial approach to monitoring recreational use and impacts in open landscapes: Applications for managers and community volunteers. Paper presented at the North Carolina Coastal Training Program, Managing Recreational Use of Publicly Accessible Protected Lands Workshop; Beaufort, NC.

Smith, C. (January 2012) Trends in mobile technology: communicating with social media and mobile apps. Paper presented at the North Carolina Coastal Training Program, Managing Recreational Use of Publicly Accessible Protected Lands Workshop; Beaufort, NC.

Smith, C., Santucci, D., Xu, S., Cox, A., & Henderson, K. A. (November 2011) ’I love my job, but…’ a narrative analysis of women’s perceptions of their careers in parks and recreation. Leisure Research Symposium, NRPA Congress, Atlanta, GA.

Smith, C. (September 2011) Capitalizing on a shared vision to build capacity. North Carolina & South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association Joint Conference; Charleston, SC.

Smith, C., Aiken, L. and Ray, T. (October 2010)’You are here’ – mapping connections for community engagement. National Outreach Scholarship Conference; October 5, 2010, Raleigh, NC.

Smith, C. (September 2009). The Geo-Web: Connecting Parks to People through the Internet. Recreation Resources Service e-Learning Webinar; September 30, 2009, Raleigh, NC.

Smith, C., Bryan, L. and MacDougall, J. (December 2008). Taking the Fear out of Grant Writing. Recreation Resources Service Statewide Video Teleconference; December 3, 2008, Raleigh, NC.

Smith, C. and Bridgers, M. (October 2008). Digital Stewardship: Building Spatial Inventories using GIS Data Standards. National Recreation and Park Association Congress; Baltimore, MD.

Smith, C. and Halubka, N. (November 2008). Implementing a GIS for Parks and Recreation. North Carolina Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference; Charlotte, NC.

Smith, C. (March 2007). Trails & Greenways: Using GIS on the Pathway to Healthier Communities. 2007 North Carolina GIS Conference; March 1-2, 2007, Winston-Salem, NC.

Smith, C. (August 2007). The Trail’s End: On the Path to Better Trail Management Using GIS. North Carolina & South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association Joint Conference; August 25-29, 2007, Charleston, SC.

Smith, C. and Devine, H. (June 2006). The Personal Geodatabase: BMP for Stormwater Management. Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference; June 12-14, 2006, Asheville, NC.

Honors and Awards


Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension (AOFEE): inducted to Academy April 2003. Elected to Executive Council for three year term in 2006, served as Chair in 2009

NCSU Outstanding Extension Service Award, 2001-2002 – College of Natural Resources: in recognition of dedication and demonstrated achievements in serving the people of North Carolina.

NCSU College of Natural Resources University Award for Excellence, 2001: for distinguished and dedicated service to the college and university.


American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration (AAPRA) National Best Student Paper Award: awarded every three years in recognition of master’s thesis or undergraduate paper which contributes most to the scholarly literature and improved practice of park and recreation administration.

North Carolina Recreators Foundation Fletcher Graduate Scholarship: Selected among graduate students statewide for commitment to the profession for outstanding achievements as a master’s student.

Thomas I. Hines Award: for leadership, scholarship and active involvement in the recreation field. Presented by the NCSU Department of Recreation Resources Administration to outstanding seniors in the undergraduate program

Rho Phi Lambda: selected for membership in honorary Professional Parks & Recreation Fraternity

Xi Sigma Pi: selected for membership in National Forestry Honor Society


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