Full-time faculty

Aaron Ball
Operations Coordinator & Senior Lecturer of Adventure Education

Education

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

Expertise 

  • Snow and avalanche education: Instructor Trainer, Pro Instructor, and Rec Instructor at American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE)
  • Risk management: Master’s degree focus, involvement with multiple risk management committees, and several conference presentations and publications
  • Judgment and decision-making: Masters and doctoral degree focus and numerous publications, presentations, and workshops.
  • Wilderness medicine: Senior instructor for Wilderness Medicine Training Center
  • Mountain guiding: Guide and instructor with San Juan Mountain Guides, trained with American Mountain Guides Association
  • River running and rescue: Instructor trainer for Rescue 3 International, river guide and instructor for eight years

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Dr. Lee Frazer
Chair & Professor of Adventure Education

Education

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

Expertise and Interests

  • Sociology of education: Nationally recognized scholar for work on the sociology of outdoor education
  • Philosophy of education: Research topics include the intersection between social justice education, critical pedagogy and outdoor education
  • Critical and multicultural pedagogy: Multiple presentations on topics such as diversity in outdoor education and the commodification of adventure
  • Service learning: extensive background in expeditionary-based outdoor education. Served as the Montana Program Director for the Voyageur Outward Bound School and as an instructor and course director for Outward Bound schools in Colorado, Montana, Texas, Maine and Florida
  • Experiential learning: Presenter at numerous experiential education conferences including the Symposium for Experiential Education Research, the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium, and the Association for Experiential Education International Conference 
  • Outdoor education: Research, design and delivery of outdoor education programming including adventure education and environmental education
  • Rock climbing: Single Pitch Instructor Certification and Member of the American Mountain Guides Association

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Deborah Powers
Assistant Professor of Adventure Education

Education

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

Expertise and Interests

  • Outdoor Education Program Administration: 20 years leading program administration, risk management, operations, & curriculum with K-12 independent schools, AEE accredited programs include: Chadwick Outdoor Education, Dunn Outdoor Education
  • Outdoor Programming for Veterans: Currently researching the benefits of adventure (specifically rock climbing) on the recovery of veterans with PTSD
  • Inclusive Programming in Adventure Education: Serves on multiple committees focusing on topics concerning inclusivity; programming for veterans, women
  • Experiential Education: Ten years mentoring graduate students with Prescott College, Master of Arts Program in Adventure Education: Mentor, Master’s Thesis Chair, Core Faculty, On-line Adjunct Instructor; Doctoral Dissertation Research; Peer reviewer for various experiential education, research journals
  • Social & Psychological Benefits of Outdoor Education: Masters Thesis Research
  • Processing and Facilitation: Eight years instructing and course directing for Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, Chadwick Outdoor Education, Dunn Outdoor Education, Voyageur Outward Bound; Three years in the field instructing clients and training adults in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare 
  • Mediation: Trained as a mediator for Burlington Mediation Project; volunteer mediator for ten years, Dispute Resolution Program, Days of Dialog, Los Angeles 
  • Program Review and Evaluation: Association of Experiential Education Accreditation Program Reviewer

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Bruce Saxman
Senior Lecturer of Adventure Education
FLOW Coordinator

Education

  • M.A., Recreation Administration, University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • B.S., Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Resource Management Emphasis, Anthropology Minor, Clemson University

Expertise

  • Outdoor education: Fort Lewis On the Water (FLOW) Coordinator
  • Paddlesport education: Raft Guide Instructor, State of Colorado
  • Swiftwater rescue: ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor
  • Avalanche education: American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Course Leader, Professional Level 2 Avalanche Course
  • Backcountry skiing: American Mountain Guide Association Apprentice Ski Guide

Contact:

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Eli Shostak
Lecturer of Adventure Education

Education

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

Expertise

  • Mindful leadership: Designer and facilitator of numerous mindful leadership workshops and retreats for diverse populations
  • Expedition planning and leadership: Hundreds of weeks in the field leading courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and numerous other programs in areas including Baffin Island, the western USA and Mexico 
  • Place Based Education: Research in the application of experiential education to facilitating place-based education and awareness.
  • Adventure and travel writing: Essays and articles included in numerous adventure-based publications
  • Sea-kayaking: Lead expedition guide for multiple seasons in Baja California and paddling instructor for a variety of sea kayaking programs 
  • Backpacking: Developed new backpacking course areas for the National Outdoor Leadership School and Fort Lewis College
  • Colorado Plataeau Cultural and Natural History: Work with programs on the Colorado Plateau to provide cultural and natural history education

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Dr. Jenni Trujillo
Dean, School of Education

Expertise 

  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse education
  • Curriculum design and development
  • Educational leadership and change

Education 

  • Ed.D., Fielding Graduate University, 2002
  • M.A., University Northern Colorado, 1998
  • B.A., Fort Lewis College, 1993

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Adjunct faculty

Aaron Belson

Adjunct Instructor of Adventure Education
abelson@fortlewis.edu
970-247-6383

Aaron Kent

Adjunct Instructor of Adventure Education
arkent@fortlewis.edu
970-247-6383

Wes Leland

Adjunct Instructor of Adventure Education
leland_w@fortlewis.edu
970-247-6383

Scott Sidner

Adjunct Instructor of Adventure Education
sidner_s@fortlewis.edu
970-764-7353

Administrative support

Delaney Rieke

Administrative Assistant II
dsrieke@fortlewis.edu
970-247-6383