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


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