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Center for Environmental Education

“Fostering environmental sustainability through outdoor and environmental education.”

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Faculty

Tim Bates, M.Ed.

Tim Bates

Roles: Director of the RSOP Outdoor Program; Assistant Director of CEED; Adjunct Graduate Faculty in the Master of EE Program; Adjunct Undergraduate Faculty in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.

Professional Interests: Tim earned his M.Ed. in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. His specialty areas include training for in-service teachers, environmental education, natural history of Northeastern Minnesota, and sea kayak training. His current project area is administration for the Outdoor Program.

Contact Information: web page or email tbates@d.umn.edu

Julie Ernst, Ph.D.

Julie Ernst

Roles: Director of CEED; Director of Graduate Studies for the Master of EE Program; Graduate Faculty in Master of EE Program; Adjunct Graduate Faculty in Master of Education and Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning Programs; Undergraduate Faculty in Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.

Professional Interests: Julie earned her Ph.D. at the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation, with an emphasis in environmental education research and evaluation. She has formerly served as an education specialist for the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and as a public affairs specialist for the USDA Forest Service. Her interest areas are program evaluation, environment-based education (environmentally-based formal instructional programs), early childhood EE/nature play, and federal agency EE programs.

Contact Information: web page or email jernst@d.umn.edu

Danny Frank, M.A.

Roles: Undergraduate Faculty in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; Graduate Faculty the MEEd. program.

Professional interests: Danny earned his MA in Experiential Education Program Development from Prescott College, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His professional background includes adventure education field leadership, therapeutic recreation and wilderness therapy facilitation and program management, and curriculum development and program coordination in higher education student affairs. Danny's research interests include adolescent psychosocial treatment through outdoor experiential education, and cultural competency and cross-cultural dialogue in outdoor leadership.  Danny is also involved in a number of campus and community initiatives surrounding issues of equity, diversity, and social justice.

Contact Information: email dnfrank@d.umn.edu

Ken Gilbertson, Ph.D.

Ken Gilbertson

Roles: Graduate Faculty in Master of EE Program; Adjunct Graduate Faculty in the Master of Education Program; Undergraduate Faculty in Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.

Professional Interests: Ken earned his Ph.D. in Outdoor Education with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology from Ohio State University. His interests include teaching outdoor and environmental education in non-formal settings, wilderness education and interpretation, resource management and planning, sustainability of nature-based tourism in protected nature areas, and the relationship between a skill level and commitment in adventure activities.

Contact Information: web page or email kgilbert@d.umn.edu

Chris Johnson, Ed.D.

Chris Johnson

Roles: Graduate Faculty in the Master of EE and Master of Education Programs; Undergraduate faculty in the Department of Education.

Professional Interests: Chris earned his Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning at the University of MN Duluth. His prior professional work includes middle and high school teaching and administration, athletic coaching, and outdoor/adventure trip leadership. His professional interested include environmental literature, place-based education, and outdoor/wilderness education.

Contact Information: web page or email cwjohnso@d.umn.edu

Bruce Munson, Ph.D.

Bruce Munson

Roles: Associate Dean for the College of Education and Human Service Professions; Graduate Faculty in Master of EE, Master of Education Program, and Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning Programs.

Professional Interests: Bruce's professional interests include science education, science curriculum development, aquatic studies, and applying computer technologies to enhance instruction. His current projects include Water on the Web (an internet-based science curriculum project), the impacts of computer technologies on student learning, and science teacher professional development.

Contact Information: web page or email bmunson@d.umn.edu

Beth Ruark, M.Ed.

Beth Ruark

Roles: Graduate Faculty in the Master of EE Program; Undergraduate Faculty in the Department of Education.

Professional Interests: Beth earned her M.Ed. from the University of MN Duluth. Her background includes formal Kindergarten teaching and residential and day use environmental education. Her emphasis is families and young children, as well as early childhood environmental education. Additional areas of interest include early childhood and elementary education science, social studies methods, developmentally-appropriate environmental education, and play-based learning.

Contact Information: email bruark@d.umn.edu

Kevin Zak, M.Ed.

Kevin Zak

Roles: Graduate Faculty in the Master of EE and Master of Education Programs; Undergraduate Faculty in the Department of Education.

Professional Interests: Kevin earned his Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning and his M.Ed. in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Prior to coming to UMD, Kevin was a middle school science teacher in St. Paul, Minnesota, taught as a naturalist at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, and served as an elementary science specialist at North Shore Community School in Duluth, Minnesota. Kevin’s current focus is on science and environmental education teaching methods and bridging the gap between the indoor and outdoor classroom.

Contact Information: email kzak@d.umn.edu

Mark Zmudy, Ph.D.

Mark Zmudy

Roles: Graduate Faculty in the Master of EE Program; Undergraduate Faculty in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.

Professional Interests: Mark teaches adventure education and outdoor pursuits to undergraduate students working on degrees in physical education and teacher education and in outdoor/adventure education. His research interests include adventure education and outdoor pursuits, with a particular focus on teaching processes that yield desired outcomes.

Contact Information: email mzmudy@d.umn.edu


 

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