Dr. Lee Frazer

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


  • 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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About Dr. Lee Frazer

Lee Frazer is the department chair and an associate professor of Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College. He joined the college in 2007 as a visiting instructor and became a full-time faculty member in 2010. Dr. Frazer is a nationally recognized scholar for his work on the sociology of outdoor education and presents regularly at conferences on topics such as diversity in outdoor education, the commodification of adventure and related topics. His research also explores the intersection between social justice education, critical pedagogy and outdoor education. Dr. Frazer came to Fort Lewis with an extensive background in expeditionary-based outdoor education, and was the Montana Program Director for the Voyageur Outward Bound School and previously, an instructor and course director for Outward Bound schools in Colorado, Montana, Texas, Maine and Florida. Prior to graduate school, he was also a middle school social and environmental studies teacher. At Fort Lewis, Dr. Frazer is a member of the college accreditation team. He is advisor to FLC Wild, a student organization, past faculty advisor and co-founder of the Adventure Education Club and a board member emeritus for the Environmental Center. Dr. Frazer is an independent consultant for nonprofit and public educational organizations that have ties to experiential and non-formal education, such as Outward Bound, the YMCA, and several universities’ outdoor education and leadership programs.

In the past five years, Dr. Frazer has presented papers at a variety of conferences and symposia, including the Symposium for Experiential Education Research, the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium, the Association for Experiential Education International Conference, the Outward Bound National Trainers Training, and the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education National Conference. He is the 2015 recipient of the Alice Admire Excellence in Teaching Award. He holds several certifications from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, the American Mountain Guides Association, the Wilderness Medicine Training Center and the Texas Education Agency.    

Selected Publications and Presentations

"Health, Helping, and Healing: What’s Nature Got to Do With It?” Lifelong Learning Lecture Series (invited speaker), Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, 2015  

“Teaching and Working for Social Justice in Outdoor Education Studies: A Grounded Theory Study of Faculty Intentions,” Proceedings and Research Symposium Abstracts of the 26th Annual Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education Conference, 2014

“Disney World, Survivor, and the Commodification of Adventure: Should We Be Concerned?” Trends and Issues in Outdoor Education Programs Panel (invited speaker), 42nd Annual Association for Experiential Education International Conference, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2014

“Aesthetic Experience and Social Justice: Cultivating Connection and Transformative Leadership through Outdoor Adventure Education,” paper co-presented at the annual Association for Experiential Education Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona, 2014

“Social Justice, Diversity, and Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Outdoor and Adventure Education,” paper presented at the 41st Annual Association for Experiential Education International Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2013

“Semantic Frames for Adventure: A Qualitative Study of College Students’ Conceptions of Adventure,” poster co-presented at the annual Symposium for Experiential Education Research, Jacksonville, Florida, 2011

“The Role of Privilege in Efforts to Build More Inclusive Programs,” Proceedings and Research Symposium Abstracts of the 24th Annual Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Conference, 2010

“The Impact of Community Clients on Student Learning: The Case of a University Service Learning Course,” Journal of Experiential Education, 2007