Teaching

I believe that learning happens best in an inclusive environment, where mentorship rests at the center of the educational experience and critical thinking serves as the primary means of engaging with content.

PTRM 485: Recreation Planning

University of Montana

Instructor of Record - Spring 2021, Spring 2022

This course is designed to develop the conceptual background needed to participate and eventually lead recreation planning processes in an era of turbulence. This background includes understanding various wildland recreation planning frameworks, the role of the public in planning processes, relevant federal environmental planning policies, predominant recreation conditions within wildland settings that require consideration, and management strategies for achieving desired planning goals.

The article linked below details the design of a project within PTRM 485.

PTRM 391: Wildland Messaging and Communication

University of Montana

Instructor of Record - Spring 2022

This course focuses on the social and phycological theory behind science-based messaging to visitors in wildlands. The course pairs PTRM students at the University of Montana with graphic design students at the University of Kansas to design and test the efficacy of various signage treatments as a means of applying the theoretical foundation built in the classroom.

PTRM 595: Foundational Theory for Protected Area Management

University of Montana

Instructor of Record - Fall 2021

This course offers a survey of the fundamental social science theory that helps us 1) understand human behavior as it relates to protected areas and 2) improve management as it relates to human behavior. This survey includes forays into economic, psychological, and sociological theory—often examining and contrasting various related schools of thought.

PTRM 217: Park and Outdoor Recreation Management

University of Montana

Instructor of Record - Fall 2021, Fall 2022

The objective of the course is to provide a broad survey of parks and outdoor recreation management in a global society. We focus on issues related to wildlands, public lands, and protected areas as environments for outdoor recreation. Current and historical relationships between recreation visitors, the resource base, and management policies are explored within the United States and beyond.

PTRM 150: Current Issues in Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management

University of Montana

Co-instructor of Record - Fall 2021, Fall 2022

This course explores issues related to recreation and tourism in western Montana. This is a field-based course designed to get students outside the classroom. Students visit outdoor recreation areas and meet recreation and tourism managers.

PTRM 482: Wilderness and Protected Area Management

University of Montana

Instructor of Record - Fall 2020, Fall 2022

This course offers an examination of the origin, evolution, and application of the park concept on state, federal, and international levels and an evaluation of legislation, philosophy, and policy leading to consideration of goals, objectives, and strategies for wilderness and protected area management.

RPTM 496: Independent Study in Outdoor Recreation Planning and Management

Pennsylvania State University

Instructor of Record - Spring 2020

This course covers content concerning the guiding theories and frameworks of visitor use management in parks and protected areas.

RPTM 320: Recreation Resource Planning and Management

Pennsylvania State University

Instructor of Record - Fall 2019 / Teaching Assistant - Fall 2018

This course provides an introduction to managing and planning for recreational use of U.S. lands, waters, and wildlife.

RPTM 1: Wilderness Recreation and Management

Pennsylvania State University

Instructor of Record - Spring 2019

This course is taught in tandem with ENGL 183 (Exploring the Literature of American Wilderness) and provides an overview of historical thought concerning the wilderness construct, current issues in wilderness management, and wilderness recreation skills and ethics.

RPTM 197: Recreational Walking and Exploring Cape Cod

Pennsylvania State University

Instructor - Fall 2017

This course is taught in tandem with ENGL 181 (Exploring the Literature of Cape Cod) and provides an overview of historical and modern issues relating to the practice of walking and adventure, with relevance to Cape Cod, Massachusetts and the national seashores.