Career title: Professor of Adventure Education, Emeritus, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO.
Career Profile: Bob retired as Chair of the Fort Lewis College Adventure Education Department in 2017, after serving 11 years developing and teaching in the Adventure Education Bachelor’s degree program. His areas of focus include teaching how theory, research, and conceptual models inform practice, and vice versa; the connections between nature and mindfulness; project-based learning; and adventure processing and facilitation to promote social-emotional development. He co-wrote the graduate text and faculty resource book about how to teach theory experientially, Teaching Adventure Education Theory: Best Practices (2009), and wrote the instructor guide chapter on outdoor leadership for the college text, Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming (2018).
He has instructed for Outward Bound in Colorado and Washington state, including courses for adolescent grief and loss, adult life-career renewal, and young adult leadership.
Bob also developed bachelor’s degree programs in adventure education and outdoor leadership at Plymouth (NH) State University, and New Mexico Highlands University. He developed and implemented new student outdoor orientation programs at two universities, and served as Director of Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services at the University of Puget Sound for 17 years.
Volunteer, Professional, and Community Service: Over the years, and continuing into the present, Bob serves with the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) as a lead reviewer of outdoor education and therapeutic wilderness programs internationally. He also serves on AEE regional and international conference planning committees, including convening two AEE regional conferences at FLC in recent years.
He has served on the Board of Directors of Durango Nature Studies, and is vice-president of Mountain Spirit Institute, based in New Hampshire.
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