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Aaron has worked in the adventure education and outdoor leadership field for over 20 years as a guide, instructor, trainer, and supervisor. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer in and the Operations Coordinator for the Adventure Education Department. He joined the department in 2008 as an adjunct faculty and entered his current role in 2013. He has taught almost every course offered in the department and continues to develop new academic opportunities, including a Snow and Avalanche Studies certificate, the first of its kind at Fort Lewis College.
Aaron’s interests span the adventure education discipline, but he is particularly focused on the development of judgment, particularly when high risk and uncertainty exist. He is actively engaged in and contributes to the dialogue surrounding adventure education related topics, and regularly presents and instructs at local, regional, and national courses and conferences.
“Mitigating the negative effects of heuristics and cognitive bias using decision-making tools & decision aids”. Co-presented workshop the annual Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education and Association for Experiential Education joint national conference (Spokane, WA, 2019)
“An effective model for training program staff”. Co-presented workshop at the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (Portland, OR, 2018)
“Effective outdoor program design and management”. Co-presented pre-conference workshop presented at the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (Portland, OR, 2018; Portland, OR, 2015; Colorado Springs, CO, 2010) and the annual Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education national conference (Keystone, CO, 2010)
“How risk analysis and incident evaluation inform outdoor leadership style and decision-making”. Co-presented workshop presented at the annual Colorado Outdoor Educators Symposium and Association for Experiential Education Rocky Mountain Regional Conference (Durango, CO, 2017)
“Concepts and strategies for developing risk management related decision-making”. Workshop presented at the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (Stone Mountain, GA, 2014)
“Decision-making as risk managers”. Workshop presented at the annual Association for Experiential Education Rocky Mountain Regional Conference (Durango, CO, 2012)
“Some white men just don’t get it. Or do they? Exploring privilege and ally building in outdoor recreation and education”. Co-presented workshop presented at annual Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education national conference (Keystone, CO, 2010)