About Interim Dean Myron F. Floyd
Dr. Myron F. Floyd currently serves as the Interim Dean of the College of Natural Resources at NC State University. Dr. Floyd first joined the college in 2005 as a Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. In 2010, he went on to become Director of Graduate Programs for the department, and in 2014, he became Department Head.
Dr. Floyd brings 35 years of experience in teaching, research and administration. An elected Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences, Dr. Floyd is widely recognized as a leading scholar in the area of race, ethnicity and outdoor recreation behavior. His most recent research examines how public parks and other features of the built environment contribute to physical activity in low-income communities of color.
During his tenure as Department Head, Dr. Floyd grew the department’s teaching, research and extension capacity by adding faculty expertise in new areas including land use and ecosystem services, conservation behavior, environmental education, diversity and environmental justice, crowdsourcing data for health research, geospatial analytics and worksite physical activity.
Dr. Floyd serves on the Forestry Research Advisory Council, which provides advice to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on research priorities for the U.S. Forest Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. He regularly advises federal and state agencies on research and policy related to park and protected area management.
Prior to coming to NC State, Dr. Floyd worked at Clemson University, Texas A&M University and the University of Florida.
- Ph.D. Recreation and Resources Development, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
- M.S. Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
- M.S. Recreation and Park Administration, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
- Physical activity and the built environment
- Health disparities
- Race/ethnicity and leisure activity preferences
- Environmental justice
- Health benefits of urban green space
Awards and Honors
- Elected Member, American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, 2019
- Leadership for a Diverse Campus Workshop Series, NC State University Office of the Provost, 2014
- Outstanding Alumni, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University, 2014
- University of South Australia Distinguished Professor Scholarship, 2010
- Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award, National Recreation and Park Association, 2008
- Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, NC State University, 2007
- Ben H. Box Award for Excellence, Clemson University, 2006
- Fellow, The Academy of Leisure Sciences, Elected 2005
- Allen V. Sapora Research Award, University of Illinois, 2004
- Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture, 1989
- Park use preferences and physical activity among ethnic minority children in low-income neighborhoods in New York City (2019)
- Scholarship on Race and Ethnicity: Assessing Contributions to Leisure Theory and Practice (2019)
- An exploratory study of perceived safety in a neighborhood park using immersive virtual environments (2018)
- Associations Between Worksite Walkability, Greenness, and Physical Activity Around Work (2018)
- Black Spaces/White Spaces: Black Lives, Leisure, and Life Politics (2018)
- Outdoor Time, Screen Time, and Connection to Nature: Troubling Trends Among Rural Youth? (2018)
- Policy and Practice-Relevant Youth Physical Activity Research Center Agenda (2018)
- Relationships between Characteristics of Urban Green Land Cover and Mental Health in U.S. Metropolitan Areas (2018)
- Relationships between urban green land cover and human health at different spatial resolutions (2018)
- A People’s History of Leisure Studies: Old Knowledge, New Knowledge and The Philadelphia Negro as a Foundational Text (2017)