Associate Professor and Program Director of Parks and Recreation Management, Western Carolina University

Dr. Andrew Bobilya currently serves as an Associate Professor of Parks and Recreation Management at Western Carolina University. He earned a B.S. in Outdoor Recreation from Montreat College and an M.S. in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University at Mankato. He holds a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Outdoor Education and Recreation from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Bobilya's teaching background includes courses in recreation management, leadership and group dynamics, recreation programming, outdoor education, research methods, wilderness leadership and technical outdoor skills classes. He is an active author and researcher with current and past research projects focusing on wilderness program outcomes, wilderness solitude, autonomous student experiences, college student transition programs and risk management and autonomous outdoor experiences. He has published over 20 articles and has contributed to five books since 2002. In addition, he has delivered over 50 presentations at various conferences and research symposiums. He currently maintains a research partnership with the North Carolina Outward Bound School. Dr. Bobilya also serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership (JOREL), and was a member of the Association for Experiential Education board of directors for seven years.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Parks and Recreation Management, Western Carolina University