Brenda Lackey.jpgBrenda Lackey, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Contact Information
Phone: (715) 346-2076
Office: TNR 100E

Curriculum Vitae



A native of Illinois, Brenda worked as a park ranger for eight years on the upper Mississippi River. Prior to coming to UWSP in 2005, Brenda worked as Manager of Research and Program Evaluation for Cleveland Metroparks. Her research interests include environmental interpretation and communication, program evaluation, and visitor studies. Brenda teaches interpretation courses at the university and serves as a board member for the National Association for Interpretation. She co-authored The Interpreters Guidebook and is an associate editor for the Journal of Interpretation Research.


  • Ph.D., University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 2002. Area of specialty: Natural resources interpretation and communication.
  • M.S., Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1998. Area of specialty: Natural resources interpretation and communication.
  • B.S., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, 1988. Forestry major with emphasis in park management.

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Interpretation (NAI), 1989 to present
  • NAI College/University Academic Section Committee Member, 2002 to present
  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Interpretation Research, 2007-present