director's welcome

What's the meaning of "community" in our name?

In the School of Community Resources and Development we are all about community. Within our School we define community as groups sharing interests, locale, challenges and/or desires. It includes place-based as well as identity-based communities. We view the concept of community as the common denominator for our activities. We endeavor to serve as a catalyst for bringing different disciplines together by advocating a multi-disciplinary systems approach to the study of community. Taking this holistic approach is necessary if we are to truly impact and enhance community quality of life for residents and visitors.

Our students, faculty and staff share a commitment to making communities better places to live, work, play and visit. The concept of building sustainable, resilient and healthy communities is the unifying principle in our four established focus areas of community sports management, parks and recreation management, tourism development and management, and nonprofit leadership and management. When taken as a whole, there is no sector that exceeds tourism, recreation and nonprofit in the State of Arizona, the nation, and the world in size and scope of impact on the economy, employment, and enhancing quality of life. We offer bachelor and master degrees, including two online master’s degrees in nonprofit leadership and management and sustainable tourism, as well as a Ph.D. in community resources and development. In addition to these degree programs we have several certificate programs and minors.

Aligned with the School are five research and outreach entities. The Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation provides a diverse array of research, educational, technical assistance and training programs to serve the nonprofit sector. The Center’s mission is to help build the capacity of the social sector by enhancing the effectiveness of those who lead, manage and support nonprofit organizations, and in the spirit of this mission the Center works collaboratively with community partners to build social capital in this vital sector.

The Center for Sustainable Tourism and its affiliated partners, faculty and students seek to examine the role and contribution of tourism in the social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being of communities. The Center’s research, education and development activities focus on long-term, system-wide, sustainable strategies, and co-created solutions for community and tourism development.

Decision Center for a Desert City advances knowledge about decision-making under uncertainty in the context of water sustainability and urban climate change adaptation. The Center conducts climate, water and decision research and develops innovative tools to bridge the boundary between scientists and decision makers.

The Partnership for Community Development works to build collaborative relationships among public and private community organizations to address critical community needs. The Partnership is dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of all ages in the communities in which we live and work by empowering community members to actively develop processes within their own communities to counter social challenges, and ultimately, increase their quality of life.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute provides adults ages 50+ through a mix of short courses including campus-based learning opportunities,a shared and engaged learning community, civic engagement initiatives, university-quality educational experiences, and fusion with ASU. OLLI at ASU members have the opportunity to grow and learn outside the classroom via campus events, local affinity groups, group discounts to local cultural and art events, and social media networks.

We invite prospective students and their parents, alumni, and community partners to explore our website and discover how we can be part of your future. You are welcome to join us as we strive to enhance positive environmental, cultural, social, and economic development through effective use of community resources and engagement in local, regional, and global communities.


 Dr. Kathleen AndereckDirector and Professor