Sessional Instructors for Winter 2021

Lauren Phillips will be returning winter 2021 to again teach ORTM 202 Eco and Adventure Tourism. Lauren is a board member for Tourism Prince George, and the owner of OVERhang Education Centre and Climbing Gym in Prince George.  She instructs wilderness first aid, river safety, wildland rope rescue, as well as wilderness survival skills, and takes people on outdoor rock climbing adventures. Lauren has been involved with ORTM as a sessional instructor for a number of years.​"

Recent (Fall 2020) Sessional Instructors

Dr. Karine Pigeon, spatial ecologist will be co-teaching ORTM 300 Recreation and Tourism Impacts with Pam. Karine is a postdoctoral fellow leading a project with Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Inc. and UNBC to examine the impacts of dispersed recreation on wildlife in the y2y corridor. Karine lives in Canmore, AB.

Dr. Kelly Whitney Gould, resident of Haida Gwaii, will be teaching ORTM 403 International Tourism this fall. Kelly studies and works to help communities, particularly Indigenous communities develop tourism that is based on their needs and interests. She has undertaken a number of projects where tourism is a tool to help communities engage in language revitalization. Kelly has previously taught as a sessional instructor with ORTM.

Brenda Parks is Safety Services Coordinator with Raven Rescue in Smithers, BC. Brenda is returning to ORTM as a sessional instructor after a few years absence. This fall she will be teaching ORTM 205 Outdoor Skills and Leadership in an online form. Brenda works in outdoor risk management and previously owned her own women's adventure guiding company. 

If you are interested in spending time as a visiting scholar within the ORTM Program at UNBC, please read the UNBC Visiting Scholar Policy and contact us at ortm@unbc.ca with any questions.

  • Philip Mullins
    PhD, MA, BA, HBOR
    • Associate Professor, Wildland Conservation and Recreation
    Phone: 250-960-5509
    Office: 8-244

    Areas of expertise: Outdoor recreation, outdoor education, adventure education, adventure, expeditions, wilderness, travel, tourism, skill, environmental ethics, recreation management, experiential education, experiential learning, mobilities, phenomenology, hermeneutics, qualitative research methodologies.

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  • Dr. Ken Otter
    PhD, MSc (Queen's University), BSc (University of British Columbia)
    • Professor (on sabbatical)
    • Chair, Ecosystem Science and Management
    • Acting Co-Chair, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Phone: 250-960-5019
    Office: 8-341

    Areas of expertise: Animal communication, reproductive strategies, behavioural ecology, avian ecology, urban & disturbance ecology

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  • Jennifer Wigglesworth
    PhD (Queen's University), MA (University of Ottawa), BSc (University of Ottawa)
    • Assistant Professor
    Phone: 250-960-5659
    Office: Teaching Lab 8-244

    Areas of expertise: Outdoor recreation and sport, gender, place names, sociocultural studies, settler colonialism, tourism, rock climbing, adventure, experiential learning, intersectional feminism, qualitative research methodologies, theories of embodiment, sex-integrated physical cultures.

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  • Pamela Wright
    PhD and MSc (Ohio State University), BSc Biology and Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, Honours (Lakehead University)
    • Professor, Wildland Conservation and Recreation
    Phone: 250-960-6353
    Office: Teaching Lab 8-248

    Areas of expertise: Conservation science, protected areas, parks, ecological integrity.

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Adjunct Faculty

  • PhD (Lincoln University)
    • Adjunct Professor
    Phone: 902-563-1230
    Office: B-268-D, Cape Breton University

    Areas of expertise: Outdoor recreation, polar tourism, experiential education

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  • PhD (Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta)
    • Adjunct Professor
    Phone: 250-753-3245 (Ext. 2259)
    Office: Vancouver Island University - Building 250, Office #358 - 900 Fifth St. - Nanaimo, BC

    Areas of expertise: tourism planning, motivations, sustainable recreation and tourism.

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