I love presenting and facilitating. I have had the opportunity to present at a number of conferences and workshops.
Below are resources I have created for a few of these presentations. Please contact me
if you'd like me to present for your group or function.
ACPA and NASPA 2013 - Increasing Student Leadership Capacity Through Outdoor Leadership
NIRSA 2013 - Expeditions in Outdoor Program Administration! Choosing a Staffing Model
Thanks very much if you came to my presentaion at NIRSA in Las Vegas. At the presentation,
there was a great discussion surrounding the staffing models, including a discussion on the
Fair Labor Standards Act which wasn't included in the presentation, but you should
certainly factor that and state laws into choosing a staffing model (and I'll be including that in future presentations!).
Outdoor Programs Assessment in an Age of Accountability
Accountability in higher education is forcing outdoor programs to justify the expense of their programs. This workshop provided an overview
of the accountability movement and beginning steps to take in creating an assessment plan. This workshop was presented at the
Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education annual conference in Snowbird, Utah.
Finn Ryan and I recently put on a workshop entitled "Digital Storytelling for Social Justice" at the 2012
Association for Experiential Education international conference. The idea was to spend three hours
encouraging participants to use social justice as a lens to learn about digital storytelling and then see the whole process of making a
digital story from start to finish. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Understanding and Using Student Development Theory
"Student development" is often brought up as a positive outcome of campus programs, but do you know how to go beyond
that general term and discuss specific theories? Recently, Kara Fresk and I presented on understanding and using
student development theory at the
NIRSA 2012 Conference in Tampa, Florida. Here
are resources from the presentation that you can use in explaining the impacts of your programs.
Using Reflection and Solo to Promote Student Leadership
While an instructor at North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS), I became very interested in how to best
facilitate the reflection of students on multi-week backpacking courses. At NCOBS, we used solo periods of reflection, journaling, group debriefing,
and artistic creation to help students make meaning of their experiences with authentic leadership and the diversity of their crew.