Jesse Sheets

 Academic Title: Contract Faculty

MS, Western Illinois University
MSc, University of Alberta

Contact Information:
Office: U231H
Phone: 403.440.6348


Jesse transitioned to the field of outdoor recreation administration after several years as an intramural sports programmer at the University of Alberta. His personal expeditions have taken him across much of Canada and the United States, as well as Europe and east Asia, with trekking pole, ice axe, or paddle in hand. He has been the Adventure Programs Supervisor for MRU Cougars Athletics and Recreation since 2016, overseeing the Climbing Centre and outdoor trips, and has accumulated a handful of certifications in climbing and outdoor leadership instruction, wilderness first aid, environmental ethics, and avalanche safety. He strives to use experiential education paired with ecological and cultural interpretation to help students develop a passion for the world, both natural and human, and in turn foster an appreciation of sustainability in their own pursuits.

 Areas of Instruction:

  • Outdoor leadership
  • Ecotourism
  • Recreation management
  • Activity courses 

Areas of Scholarship:

  • Intersections between lived experience and shared narrative
  • Human-environment interaction
  • Correlation between Indigenous/settler resource management practices and tourist experience
  • Student development through outdoor leadership 

Selected Publications:

Author intentionality in Mount Everest mountaineering literature: Analyzing attitudes and purposes

Selected Presentations:

Author Intentionality in Mount Everest Mountaineering Literature: Analyzing Attitudes and Purposes (graduate thesis presentation) - Canadian Congress on Leisure Research 2017

Can Campus Recreation Play a Role in Engaging Indigenous Students on Campus - NIRSA Canada 2018

Relevant Community Service:

NIRSA Assembly member - the think tank of campus recreation