Nancy G. McGehee

Department Head, Professor
Nancy McGehee
362A Wallace Hall, Virginia Tech
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Keywords

Rural tourism development, Volunteer tourism, Sustainable tourism, Leadership in tourism development

Courses Taught

  • HTM 3484 – Socio-Cultural Impacts of Tourism
  • HTM 2454 – Introduction to Tourism Management
  • HTM 6434 – Theory Development for Hospitality and Service Management
  • HTM 5444 – Qualitative Research Methods in Business

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Virginia Tech
  • MS, Virginia Tech
  • MS, North Carolina State University
  • BA, Marshall University

Research Interests and Experience

Nancy Gard McGehee is Professor and Department Head of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. Her research focus is rural tourism development at both the domestic and international levels. She has published over 40 refereed journal articles, 2 books and 5 book chapters. She is a Fulbright Specialist Program Awardee (Portugal, May 2015, Rural Tourism Development), received the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research in 2014, and was cited as an Outstanding Woman in Travel Research by Women in Travel and Tourism International (WITTI) in April 2017. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism and the Journal of Travel Research and is a Associate Editor for the Annals of Tourism Research.

Recent Publications

Soulard, J., McGehee, N.G, and Stern, M. (accepted 4/10/19). Transformative Tourism and Glocalization Strategies. Annals of Tourism Research.

Soulard, J., Knollenberg, W., Boley, B., Perdue, R., and McGehee, N.G. (accepted 6/8/18). Social Capital and Destination Strategic Planning. Tourism Management.

Kline, C., Delconte, J. and McGehee, N.G. (accepted 5/29/18) Built Capital as a Catalyst for Community-Based Tourism. Journal of Travel Research.

Moscardo, G., Konovalov, E., Murphy, L., McGehee, N.G., and Schurmann, A., (accepted 10/17). Linking Tourism to Social Capital in Destination Communities. Journal of Destination Marketing and Management.

Boley, B., McGehee, N., & Hammett, A.L. (2017). Importance-performance analysis (IPA) of sustainable tourism initiatives: The resident perspective. Tourism Management, 58, 66-77.

Zanotti, L., Stephenson, M. and McGehee N.G. (2016). International Aid, Local Ownership and Survival:  Development and Higher Education in Rural Haiti. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 27:273–298.

McGehee, N.G., Knollenberg, W., and Komorowski, A. (2015). The central role of leadership in rural tourism development: a theoretical framework and case studies. Journal of Sustainable Tourism.  23(8-9):1277-1297.