Positions

Overview

  • Brent received his Ph.D. from UNH in 2005, returning after a successful undergraduate experience in its Outdoor Education Program in the 1980s. Prior to joining the UNH faculty, Brent directed the First-Year Outdoor Program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. He has also worked with therapeutic adventure programs, been an assistant camp director and served as a program director for an adventure travel company. In 1991, Brent developed an outdoor leadership program at New England College in Henniker, N.H. He was a longtime member of the Northeast Advisory Board for the Association of Experiential Education (1996-2007) and has worked extensively with program accreditation (1996- present). He is co-author, along with Bob Baird and Drew Leemon, of the 'Guide to Managing Risks in Wilderness Education,' published by United Educators.' Brent is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (since 1988), and has a long history of active participation in emergency medical care, including service on the Henniker, NH, Rescue Squad (1993-2000) and a National Ski Patrol (1980-2005). Currently he is a wilderness first-aid instructor for SOLO in North Conway, NH.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2017 An Investigation of the Connection Between Outdoor Orientation and ThrivingJournal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.  9:197-216. 2017
    2017 Assessing the Value of a College Degree in Outdoor Education or Recreation: Institutional Comparisons Using the College Scorecard and Surveys of Faculty and EmployersJournal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.  9:26-41. 2017
    2017 Outdoor Education Academic Programs in the United StatesJournal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.  9:251-253. 2017
    2017 Outdoor Orientation Leaders: The Effects of Peer LeadershipJournal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.  9:280-297. 2017
    2017 Outdoor Orientation Programs: A Critical Review of Program Impacts on Retention and GraduationJournal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.  9:56-68. 2017
    2017 Outdoor adventure education and diverse citizenship: Diversifying Outdoor OrientationSymposium on Experiential Education2017
    2017 Outdoor education academic programs in the United StatesJournal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.  9:250-253. 2017
    2017 The Value of Outdoor Recreation Editors' NotesJournal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.  9:1-2. 2017
    2017 Trust in College TransitionsJournal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.  9:248-250. 2017
    2017 Trust in TransitionJournal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.  9. 2017
    2014 The State of Knowledge of Outdoor Orientation ProgramsJournal of Experiential Education.  37:31-45. 2014
    2013 Outdoor orientation program trends at colleges and universities in the United StatesJournal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.  5:111-114. 2013
    2012 Assessing the Effectiveness of an Adventure-Based First-Year Experience ClassJournal of College Student Development.  53:347-355. 2012
    2011 Effects of a College Adventure Orientation Program on Student Development BehaviorsJournal of Experiential Education.  34:127-148. 2011
    2011 The first year effects of an adventure orientation program on the student development behaviors of incoming college students.Journal of Experiential Education.  34:127-148. 2011
    2011 When College Programs End: A grounded theory investigation of program discontinuation at four-year colleges in the United StatesJournal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.  23. 2011
    2010 Important Factors Leading to Outdoor Orientation Program Outcomes: A Qualitative Exploration of Survey ResultsJournal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.  3. 2010
    2010 A Census of Outdoor Orientation Programs at Four-Year Colleges in the United StatesJournal of Experiential Education.  33:1-18. 2010
    2010 Orientation to the student role: What do you expect?Journal of College Orientation and Transition.  17:18-28. 2010
    2009 Conference Attendance Patterns of Outdoor Orientation Program Staff at Four-Year Colleges in the United StatesJournal of Experiential Education.  31:405-409. 2009
    2008 Student Involvement: Critical Concerns of Outdoor Orientation ProgramsJournal of Experiential Education.  30:253-257. 2008
    2006 Wilderness Orientation: Exploring the Relationship between College Preorientation Programs and Social SupportJournal of Experiential Education.  29:145-167. 2006
    2006 Social Support Development and Wilderness Pre-Orientation ExperiencesJournal of Experiential Education.  28:248-249. 2006
    2003 Critical concerns regarding the contemporary rites of passage modelJournal of Experiential Education.  25:10-21. 2003
    1990 Knowledge and attitudes about AIDS among first- and second-year medical students.AIDS Education and Prevention.  2:48-57. 1990
    1988 A program using medical students to teach high school students about AIDS.Journal of Medical Education.  63:522-530. 1988
    Editor notes to special issue of Journal of Outdoor Recreation and LeadershipJournal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.  9.
    White paper on wilderness orientation programs: Research and evaluation of adventure programming

    Book

    Year Title
    2018 Effective Leadership in adventure programming: Instructor's Manual 2018
    2017 Instructor Guide for Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming, 3rd Edition..  Ed. Bell, Brent.  2017

    Principal Investigator On

    Teaching Activities

  • Adv Top in Outdoor Education Taught course 2019
  • Adventr Prog/Backcountry Exper Taught course 2019
  • Rsrch Exp/Kinesiology Taught course 2019
  • Wilderness Emergency Med Care Taught course 2019
  • Wilderness Emergency Med Care Taught course 2019
  • Independent Study Taught course 2018
  • Adventr Prog/Backcountry Exper Taught course 2018
  • Amped Up: Persp on Adventure Taught course 2017
  • Outdoor Educ Phil & Methods Taught course 2017
  • Wilderness Emergency Med Care Taught course 2017
  • Adventr Prog/Backcountry Exper Taught course 2017
  • Amped Up: Persp on Adventure Taught course 2016
  • Independent Study Taught course 2016
  • Outdoor Educ Phil & Methods Taught course 2016
  • Wilderness Emergency Med Care Taught course 2016
  • Pysch Factors of Adventure Ed Taught course 2016
  • Wilderness Emergency Med Care Taught course 2016
  • Amped Up: Persp on Adventure Taught course 2015
  • Outdoor Educ Phil & Methods Taught course 2015
  • Risk and the Human Experience Taught course 2015
  • Teaching Assistantship Taught course 2015
  • Adventr Prog/Backcountry Exper Taught course 2015
  • Risk and the Human Experience Taught course 2015
  • Adventr Prog/Backcountry Exper Taught course 2014
  • Outdoor Educ Phil & Methods Taught course 2014
  • Outdoor Educ Phil & Methods Taught course 2014
  • Adventr Prog/Backcountry Exper Taught course 2014
  • Pysch Factors of Adventure Ed Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Brent Bell