Lee Frazer, Ph.D.

Lee Frazer, Ph.D.
Chair & Professor of Adventure 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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About Dr. Lee Frazer

Lee Frazer joined the college in 2007 as a visiting instructor and became a full-time faculty member in 2010. Dr. Frazer came to Fort Lewis with an extensive background in expeditionary-based outdoor education including experience teaching middle school social and environmental studies. 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.

He is the 2015 recipient of the Alice Admire Excellence in Teaching Award. Additionally, 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

Professional Connections 

  • American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE)
  • Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) 
  • Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
  • American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)
  • Outward Bound
  • Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC)
  • Open Sky Wilderness
  • San Juan Mountain Guides (SJMG)