Adventure Education

About Our Faculty & Staff

Aaron Ball
Operations Manager/Instructor of Adventure Education

Professional Interests

  • Wilderness medicine
  • Rock climbing
  • River running
  • Backcountry skiing
  • Mountain biking
  • Alpine mountaineering
  • River and technical rope rescue 
  • Inspiring new adventure educators and outdoor professionals to unleash their own potential
  • Risk management
  • Social justice

Education

  • M.A., Adventure Education, Prescott College
  • B.S., Environmental Science, California State University

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Kathleen Chandler
Adjunct Instructor of Adventure Education

Professional Interests

  • Adaptive sports, 
  • Adventure education for diverse populations, 
  • Social justice, 
  • Risk management, 
  • Personal and professional skills development in canyoneering, rock climbing, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, and backcountry skiing

Education

  • B.A., 2014, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
  • M.A., 1997, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • B.S., 1988, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY

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Dr. Lee Frazer
Associate Professor of Adventure Education

Professional 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

Education

  • 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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Wes Leland
Adjunct Instructor of Adventure Education

Professional Interests

  • Technical mountaineering
  • River running
  • Wilderness advocacy
  • Expedition planning and implementation
  • Independent consulting in organizational development
  • Leadership
  • Team-building

Education

  • B.S., 1995, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado
  • A.A., 1985, Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

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Dr. Bob Stremba
Department Chair/Professor of Adventure Education

Professional Interests

  • Adventure/outdoor education programming
  • Risk management
  • Curriculum development
  • Staff training
  • Administrative practices
  • Contemplative practices
  • Project-based learning
  • Team and organizational development through experiential programming

Education

  • Ed.D., Counselor Education, Indiana University
  • M.S.Ed., Counselor Education, Indiana University
  • B.A., Psychology, University of New Hampshire

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Tim Thomas
Senior Lecturer of Adventure Education

Professional Interests

  • Wilderness medicine
  • Whitewater safety
  • Avalanche awareness and training
  • Search and rescue techniques and participation
  • Environmental justice and preservation
  • Personal and professional skills development in canyoneering, back country skiing, rock climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, and mountain biking
  • Experiential education progressions in skills and cognitive topic areas relevant to the outdoor industry and adventure education

Education

  • B.A., University of Colorado, 1985

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