Aaron Ball
Operations Coordinator & Lecturer of Adventure Education

Expertise and Interests

  • Snow and avalanche education
  • Risk management
  • Judgment and decision-making
  • Wilderness medicine
  • Rock climbing
  • River running
  • Backcountry skiing
  • Mountain biking
  • Alpine mountaineering
  • River and technical rope rescue 
  • Inspiring outdoor leaders

Education

  • Ph.D., Education: Adult, Organizational Learning, and Leadership, University of Idaho, (in progress)
  • M.A., Adventure Education, Prescott College, 2012
  • B.S., Environmental Science, California State University, 1999

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Dr. Lee Frazer
Department Chair & Associate Professor of Adventure Education

Expertise and Interests

  • Outdoor education, including adventure education and environmental education
  • Sociology of education
  • Philosophy of education
  • Critical and multicultural pedagogy
  • Service learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Moral development in adventure education
  • Informal and non-formal education
  • Eco-psychology
  • Adventure in popular culture
  • Rock climbing
  • Backcountry skiing

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2009
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2003
  • B.S., Texas A & M University, 1994

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Wes Leland
Adjunct Instructor of Adventure Education

Expertise and Interests

  • Technical mountaineering
  • River running
  • Wilderness advocacy
  • Expedition planning and implementation
  • Independent consulting in organizational development
  • Leadership
  • Team-building

Education

  • B.S., 1995, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado
  • A.A., 1985, Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

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Deborah Powers
Assistant Professor of Adventure Education

Expertise and Interests

  • Outdoor Education Program Administration
  • Outdoor Programming for K-12 Schools, Veterans, Women
  • Educational Policy in the US and effects on classroom instruction
  • Inclusive Programming in Adventure Education
  • Experiential Education
  • Social and Psychological Benefits of Outdoor Education
  • Processing, Facilitation, and Mediation
  • Telemark and Backcountry Skiing
  • Sailing 
  • Iyengar Yoga
  • International Travel

Education

  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership (K-16), California State University, Long Beach, 2010
  • M.S., Outdoor Education and Recreation Administration, California State University, Long Beach, 2004
  • B.A., Environmental Studies, University of Vermont

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Eli Shostak
Lecturer of Adventure Education

Expertise and Interests

  • Mindful leadership 
  • Environmental awareness
  • Adventure writing  
  • Ultra-running
  • Sea-kayaking 
  • Canyoneering 
  • Rock climbing 
  • Fly fishing 
  • Backpacking 

Education

  • M.S., Experiential Education, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1999
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1995

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Scott Sidner
Adjunct Instructor of Health Sciences

Expertise and Interests

  • Cultural diversity in adventure education
  • Recreation policy on public lands
  • U.S. Environmental history

Education

  • M.A., American Studies (Environmental History), University of Hawaii, Manoa, Oahu
  • Teacher Certification, Secondary Social Studies, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, 1994
  • English as a Second Language Endorsement, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado 1995
  • B.A., Recreation Western State College, Gunnison, Colorado, 1984
  • A.A., Outdoor Studies, Colorado Mountain College, Leadville, Colorado, 1981

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