Matthew McKinney

Assistant Professor/Gallaudet Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute Faculty Coordinator
Physical Education & Recreation

Matthew McKinney

Phone Numbers

202-651-5591 (V)


Personal Website


Field House G12

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 12:00PM - 1:30 PM; Monday + Wednesday: 3:30 - 4:30PM

In August 2015, Dr. Matthew C. McKinney joined Gallaudet University as a faculty member in the Department of Physical Education and Recreation. After serving as an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow during the 2016-17 academic year, Dr. McKinney assumed the role of Faculty Fellows Coordinator in August 2017. He leads a cohort of 15 faculty that infuse entrepreneurship in courses. 

While in graduate school, Matt worked as an Instructor and Researcher at Penn State, as well as an Accessibility and Technology Specialist.

From 2008 - 2015, Dr. McKinney served on the Board of Directors for Global Capacity, a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of children in Rwanda. He also founded Mt. Nittany Outfitters, an e-commerce recreation store and trip outfitter. Dr. McKinney volunteered as a Program Consultant for the International Mountain Leadership Institute, assisting with the development and implementation of wilderness medicine curriculum in the Himalaya's of Northern India. He spent 6-months thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2005. 

In his free time, Dr. McKinney enjoys backpacking, boating, fly-fishing, road biking and time with family and friends.

3-Credit PER 295/GSR 240 Course: Coastal Culture & Wilderess: The South Carolina Low-Country

Dr. McKinney's research addresses natural resource policy, fisheries, stakeholder engagement, sense of place and specialization. He has collaborated with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Wounded Warrior Project and private companies on research projects.

  • Ph.D. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management & Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment, Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S. in Recreation, Park Management, Pennsylvania State University


On-campus courses

  • Event Planning and Management (PER 350)*
  • Physical Education & Wellness in the School Environment (PER 386)
  • Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education and Recreation (PER 400)
  • Management of Physical Education and Recreation (PER 410)*
  • Physical Education and Recreation Capstone (PER 490)

*Innovation and Entrepreneurship Infused Course

Trip-based courses

  • Introduction to Wilderness Travel (PER 495)
  • Wilderness Travel: Backpacking & Whitewater Rafting (PER 295)
  • Coastal Culture and Wilderness: The South Carolina Low-Country (PER 295)
  • Introduction to Water Sports: Canoeing, Kayaking and Rafting (PER 295)


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002