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Nancy G. McGehee

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

Nancy Gard McGehee, PhD 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 an Associate Editor for the Annals of Tourism Research.  

Research Area

  • Rural Tourism Development
  • Volunteer Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism

Research methods

  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • In-depth interview analysis
  • Content Analysis
  • Ethnography
  • Community Capitals Analysis

Publications that best represent my research

  • Soulard, J., McGehee, N.G., and Stern, M. (2019). Transformative Tourism Organizations and Glocalization. Annals of Tourism Research, 76, 91-104. doi:10.1016/j.annals.2019.03.007 [Publisher] [Google Scholar] *
  • Soulard, J., Knollenberg, W., Boley, B., Perdue, R., and McGehee, N.G. (2018). Social Capital and Destination Strategic Planning. Tourism Management, 69, 189-200. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2018.06.011 [Publisher] [Google Scholar] *
  • Kline, C., Delconte, J. and McGehee, N.G. (2018). Built Capital as a Catalyst for Community-Based Tourism. Journal of Travel Research, 58(6), 899-915. doi:10.1177/0047287518787935 [Publisher] [Google Scholar] *
  • 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. doi:10.1080/09669582.2015.1019514 [Publisher] [Google Scholar]

* Pamplin elite list journal


  • HTM 2454 Travel and Tourism Management
  • HTM 3484 Socio-Cultural Impacts of Tourism


  • HTM 6434 Theories in Hospitality a Tourism Management


Professional Experiences

  • Editorial Board member, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, since 2008
  • Editorial Board member, Journal of Travel Research, since 2004
  • Associate Editor, Annals of Tourism Research, since 2013
  • Awards Judge, Tourism Cares for Tomorrow, 2019
  • Member, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), 2018-19
  • Review Board member, Destinations International Accreditation, since 2018
  • Board of Directors member, Via International, San Diego CA/Tijuana Mexico, 2013-2018
  • Board of Directors member, University of Fondwa (UNIF-USA), Haiti, 2012- 2015
  • Committee member, Voluntourism Advisory Committee, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), International Voluntourism Guidelines Project, 2010-2012
  • Advisory Board member, Good Travel.Org, Wellington, NZ, since 2015
  • Member, Travel and Tourism Research Association(TTRA), since 1991



  • PhD, Sociology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 1999
  • MS, Sociology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 1995
  • MS, PRTM, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • BA, Sports Marketing and Management , Marshall University, Huntington, VA

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Woman in Travel Research, Women in Travel and Tourism International (WITTI), April 2017
  • Fulbright Specialist Awardee, Portugal, May 2015
  • Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research, 2014


  • McGehee, N.G. and Perdue, R.R., Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Virginia Tourism Industry Contrack Extension. Virginia Tourism Corporation ($83,508), 2010
  • McGehee, N.G., Magnini, V., and Perdue, R.R. Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Virginia Tourism Industry:  A Blueprint for Strategic Planning and Development, Virginia Tourism Corporation ($56,536), 2009
  • McGehee, N.G. and Perdue, R.R., Feasibility Study for a New River Valley Regional Tourism Organization.  Virginia Tourism Corporation. ($50,000), 2008
  • Perdue, R.R., Understanding Market Sensitivity to Lift Ticket Prices at Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts, Inc. Broomfield, CO ($26,576), 2007



  • Destination: New York, New York. As they say in the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” it’s the greatest city in the world!

Food & Drink

  • Anything from home