Matthew McKinney

Assistant Professor
Physical Education & Recreation / Entrepreneurship / Adventure Recreation / Ashoka U Commons Scholar

Matthew McKinney

Phone Numbers

202-651-5591 (V)


Personal Website


Field House G12

Secondary Location

203 Edward Miner Gallaudet Building

Office Hours

Monday + Wednesday: 3:30 - 4:30 PM, Tuesday + Thursday: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

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. During the 2017-18 academic year, he led a cohort of 15 faculty that infused principles of innovation and entrepreneurship in their courses. 

As the University works to establish a new entrepreneurship professional certificate program and minor, Dr. McKinney was tapped to design and teach two entrepreneurship courses for the 2018-19 academic year - Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship. These experiential, applied courses guide the students in creating small businesses, as well as learning from the direct experience of consulting for a DC-based business.

Dr. McKinney is best known among students for creating and offering the only trip-based course offered at Gallaudet University, a 1-week course to learn about the culture, ecology, and wilderness of the South Carolina Low-Country. The course exposes students to skills in camping, kayaking, hiking, and Leave No Trace principles. Students engage with federal land managers, adventure recreation business owners, politicians, museum curators, marine biologists, and coastal ecologists. Students visit the South Carolina Aquarium, Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge, Fort Sumter, Bull's Island, Francis Marion National Forest, the city of Charleston, Sewee Environmental Center, a sea turtle hospital and a birds of prey rehabilitation center. 

Dr. McKinney previously 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.

Dr. McKinney's research examines fisheries policy and stakeholder engagement, sense of place and specialization, student entrepreneurship, and the Deaf wilderness experience. He has collaborated and consulted for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Wounded Warrior Project, Planet Fitness, REI and dozens of small start-up companies in the District of Columbia.


  • Dual Title Ph.D. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment & Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, 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

  • Foundations of Entrepreneurship (BUS 395 / GSR 220)
  • Social Entrepreneurship (BUS 495 / GSR 230)
  • 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 Ecology & Entrepreneurship: The South Carolina Low-Country (BUS 295 / GSR 240 / PST 265)
  • Coastal Culture, Ecology and Wilderness: The South Carolina Low-Country (PER 295 / GSR 240 / PST 265)
  • Introduction to Water Sports: Canoeing, Kayaking and Rafting (PER 295)


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002