Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership full-time faculty

Sarah Brown, PhD

Sarah Brown has been teaching in the Department of Health and Physical Education since 2004. Her diverse educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Liberal Arts from Concordia University, an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Victoria and a two-year diploma in Adventure Guiding from Thompson Rivers University. She has a PhD in Education at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include the cultivation of wisdom and leadership in adult place-based education. In addition to her life as an academic, Sarah has been an active adventure guide, specializing in white water paddling. She has guided in Nepal, New Zealand, the United States and Canada for over 20 years. Her passion is connecting people with the natural world through joy, play and a deep sense of responsibility for our mother earth.

Joe Pavelka, PhD

Joe's research focuses on aspects of destination management (both here in Canada and abroad) and marketing and tourism motivation. His past education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Geography (1987) and Honours Bachelors of Outdoor Recreation (1987) both from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He obtained his Master's in Recreation Administration from the University of Alberta (1990) in Edmonton, and his Doctorate in Geography (2010) from the University of Calgary, studying the resort community evolution from an interdisciplinary approach focusing on amenity migration.

Ian Sherrington

Program Coordinator

With a focus on Outdoor Leadership, Ian has taught in the ETOL Program for over 20 years. He holds numerous professional certifications within the outdoor sector and has been involved in the formation of the Outdoor Council of Canada. He has sat as the Chair of the Curriculum Development Committee of this organization for the past 8 years.

Paul Jessop, Contract Faculty

Paul has taught at NOLS since 2009, specializing in teaching, at a post-secondary level, outdoor leadership, environmental studies and outdoor skills, offering credit from the University of Utah. He has led 30-day backpacking expeditions in Alaska, Yukon, Washington, and Wyoming, as well as 12-day ski tours in the Absorokas. Paul has also taught indoors at Mount Royal University since January, 2014, focusing on leadership courses, and including activity-based courses.

Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership part-time faculty

Department of Health and Physical Education staff