Alan W. Ewert

Alan W. Ewert
Prior President Term: 
1998 - 1999
Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1982.
Current Position: 
Distinguished and Titled Professor

Alan Ewert, PhD. is a Distinguished and Titled Professor at Indiana University.

He is the holder of the Patricia and Joel Meier Endowed Chair in Outdoor Leadership, and has served as the Chair for the Department of Environmental Health in Indiana University’s School of Public Health.

Dr. Ewert has authored over 250 articles and research presentations including articles in the Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, Environment and Behavior, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, the Journal of Experiential Education, the International Journal of Risk Management, and the International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society.

To date, he has authored or co-authored  seven books including, Outdoor Adventure Pursuits: Foundations, Models,  Theories, Culture, Conflict, and Communication in the Wildland-Urban Interface, Natural Resource Management: The Human Dimension, Integrated Resource and Environmental Management, Outdoor Education: Methods and Strategies, Natural Environments and Human Health, Outdoor Adventure Pursuits: Foundations, Theory, and Research, and Behavior and Group Management in Outdoor Adventure Education.

For six years, Dr. Ewert served as Editor of the Journal of Experiential Education, in addition to initiating and establishing prominent research venues in outdoor education research through the Symposium of Experiential Education Research (SEER), and the Adventure Research Symposium at Indiana University.

Prior to his tenure at Indiana University, Dr. Ewert served in the USDA Forest Service as Project Leader and Supervisory Research Social Scientist at the Riverside Fire Lab in California, and then as Branch Chief of Recreation, Wilderness, and Urban Forestry Research in Washington, DC.

He also helped establish the Aldo Leopold Research Center in Missoula, Montana.

He currently serves in an editorial capacity with a number of academic journals including Human Ecology Review, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Journal of Environmental Education Research, and the Journal of Experiential Education.

In addition, he is the Guest Editor for a special issue in Behavioral Sciences focusing on Human Health and Natural Environments.

He has instructed in a variety of outdoor programs including Outward Bound for over 25 years, as well as the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and Wilderness Inquiry, and formerly served as a Survival Instructor for the US Air Force.

In addition, he is co-owner of the guiding and consulting business AlpenGlow, which focuses on mountaineering, rock climbing, and white-water rafting experiences.

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