Academics at Fort Lewis College

Faculty profiles

Krista Bajgier
Administrative Assistant II for Adventure Education

Expertise and Interests

  • Cultural and Developmental Psychology
  • School & Community Restorative and Social Justice
  • Decolonization of Mental Health and Education
  • CBT & Group Counseling

Education

  • M.S.W. Candidate, Social Work, University of Denver, 2018
  • M.Ed., Educational Psychology Applied Developmental Science, University of Virginia 2015
  • B.A., Legal Studies, Native American Indian Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst 2004

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Aaron Ball
Operations Coordinator & Lecturer of Adventure Education

Expertise and 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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Aaron Belson
Adjunct Instructor of Adventure Education

Expertise

  • Backcountry Skiing
  • Backcountry Travel
  • Backpacking
  • Mindfulness
  • Mountain Biking 
  • Relational Based Therapy
  • Risk Management
  • River Running 
  • Snowboarding 
  • Social Justice
  • Social Work and Family Systems
  • Wilderness Therapy

Education

  • MSW, Simmons College, 2017
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin, 2009

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Kathleen Chandler
Adjunct Instructor of Adventure Education

Expertise and 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
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

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

Expertise and 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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Deborah Powers
Assistant Professor of Adventure Education

Expertise and Interests

  • Educational Leadership
  • Environmental Science
  • Outdoor Education
  • Recreation Administration

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 Science, University of Vermont

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Eli Shostak
Visiting Instructor of Adventure Education

Expertise and Interests

  • Mindful leadership 
  • Environmental awareness
  • Adventure writing  
  • Ultra-running
  • Sea-kayaking 
  • Canyoneering 
  • Rock climbing 
  • Fly fishing 
  • Backpacking 

Education

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

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Scott Sidner
Adjunct Instructor of Exercise Science

Expertise and Interests

  • Cultural diversity in adventure education
  • Recreation policy on public lands
  • U.S. Environmental history

Education

  • M.A., American Studies (Environmental History), University of Hawaii, Manoa, Oahu
  • Teacher Certification, Secondary Social Studies, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, 1994
  • English as a Second Language Endorsement, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado 1995
  • B.A., Recreation Western State College, Gunnison, Colorado, 1984
  • A.A., Outdoor Studies, Colorado Mountain College, Leadville, Colorado, 1981

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