Deborah Powers

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


  • 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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About Dr. Deb Powers

Dr. Deb Powers has been a professional in the field of outdoor, adventure, and experiential education for 30 years in programs across the United States. She has led and instructed groups backpacking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, backcountry and telemark skiing, rock climbing, mountaineering, road and mountain biking, surfing, and on high and low ropes courses. Her students have included: at-risk youth, teens (single-gender and coed), college students, women, family from multiple generations, and veterans, on daylong trips to month-long expeditions. Being a facilitator and catalyst for student awareness, growth, and transformation through outdoor education for the past 30 years is what is most inspiring about this profession. I am excited to be at FLC in the AE Department working with, preparing, and mentoring the next generation of adventure education professionals, with the aim of supporting students in the pursuit of attaining a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Deb's current AE courses

  • Foundations of Adventure Education (AE 101)
  • Rock Climbing Fundamentals (AE 121)
  • Telemark Skiing and Backcountry Fundamentals (AE 141)
  • Adventure Processing and Facilitation (AE 350)
  • Teaching Assistantship in Adventure Education (AE 395)
  • Organization and Program Administration in Adventure Education (AE 450)
  • Program Design and Evaluation in Adventure Education (AE 495)
  • Senior Seminar (AE 496)
  • Independent Study (AE 499)

Notable Accomplishments

  • 19 years leading program administration, risk management, operations, & curriculum, over 5000 human field days annually with Chadwick Outdoor Education, AEE accredited since 1996
  • 8 years mentoring graduate students with Prescott College, Master of Arts Program in Adventure Education: Master’s Thesis Chair, Mentor, Core Faculty, On-line Instruction
  • 8 years instructing and course directing for Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, Chadwick Outdoor Education, Dunn Outdoor Education, Voyageur Outward Bound 
  • 3 years field instructing clients and training adults in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare
  • Association of Experiential Education Accreditation Program Reviewer

Professional Connections

  • Association for Experiential Education
  • Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
  • Independent School Experiential Education Network
  • Outward Bound, NOLS, Chadwick Outdoor Education
  • Wilderness Risk Manager’s Conference