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Hi There! I’m Dr. Steve Sassaman

Educator, Researcher, Advocate

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My Journey

Having the privilege of growing up on a farm in central Pennsylvania, I was not only able to develop creativity through play, but was able to experience a unique connection to the more-than-human world.  Working at a residential summer camp with increasing responsibilities highlighted the value that the outdoors can have on developing people into thoughtful leaders and engaged global citizens. I have had the opportunity to facilitate experiential programs ranging from one-hour workshops to week-long wilderness expeditions and seek to connect everyone from age 1 to 100 with the wonder that is our more-than-human world. 

 

Currently, my research is centered on assessing adventure- and nature-based interventions as a means to foster healthy masculinity within collegiate men. My view is that masculine toxicity is the root of many oppressive impacts on society.

My Experience

April 2022 - Present

Assistant Director, Recreation Services & Outdoor Experiential Education, Temple University-Ambler Campus

Oversee recreation facilities and operations at Ambler Campus, manage challenge course, and develop outdoor experiential education programs.

February 2021 - Present

Adjunct Instructor, Temple University

Design and teach hybrid coursework in backpacking & camping, wilderness first aid & ethics, and adventure climbing consisting of remote asynchronous learning in conjunction with in-person field-based experiences.

November 2019 - March 2022

In addition to management of the Outdoor Adventure Pursuits program, I also oversaw the department's risk management procedures and training as well as assessment of campus recreation programs.

Associate Director of Campus Recreation, West Chester University

December 2020 - July 2021

Interim Associate Director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact, West Chester University

Manage the operations of the campus resource pantry including the direction of five staff and coordination with community partners. Serve as the co-chair of the service-learning committee which identifies current best practices for and provides pedagogical support to infuse this framework across university curricula.

August 2015 - November 2019

Created the Outdoor Adventure Pursuits program including the management of an indoor climbing wall, student-led trips program, operation of a multi-site challenge course, and gear rental program.

Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, West Chester University

February 2014 - August 2015

Assistant Manager, Eastern Mountain Sports

Managed team of 15 sales staff, executed visual layout of the store and designed the Holiday 2015 Men's Department Lookbook for the entire company. Coordinate outreach efforts with local community organizations.

July 2010 - December 2012

Student Activities Specialist, Cameron University

Coordinated campus service-learning and civic engagement resulting in the university being recognized on the President's Community Service Honor Roll. Coordinated Campus leadership development programs including workshops and advisement of 80 student organizations.

Education

August 2019 - Present

PhD in Sustainability Education, Prescott College

Research projects include looking at attitudes and motivations towards transportation choices, re-humanizing pedagogy, the influence of toxic masculinity on political and social issues, and fostering healthy masculinity in college students. 

August 2007 - May 2011

Certificate in Outdoor Leadership, National Outdoor Leadership School

This month-long field course provided a space to develop applied educational strategies in the field specifically using the venues of backpacking and rock climbing.

August 2011 - December 2012

Thesis and practicum focused on applied diversity, equity, and inclusion programs to generate higher persistence rates in students of color, specifically African American Males.

M.Ed. in Higher Education

August 2007 - May 2010

BS in Business Administration, Susquehanna University (AACSB Accredited)

Program emphasis on marketing, specifically consumer behavior. Capstone focused on the market opportunities of the male fashion industry.

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August 2019 - Present

PhD in Sustainability Education, Prescott College

Research projects include looking at attitudes and motivations towards transportation choices, re-humanizing pedagogy, the influence of toxic masculinity on political and social issues, and fostering healthy masculinity in college students. 

August 2007 - May 2011

Certificate in Outdoor Leadership, National Outdoor Leadership School

This month-long field course provided a space to develop applied educational strategies in the field specifically using the venues of backpacking and rock climbing.

August 2011 - December 2012

Thesis and practicum focused on applied diversity, equity, and inclusion programs to generate higher persistence rates in students of color, specifically African American Males.

M.Ed. in Higher Education

August 2007 - May 2010

BS in Business Administration, Susquehanna University (AACSB Accredited)

Program emphasis on marketing, specifically consumer behavior. Capstone focused on the market opportunities of the male fashion industry.

August 2019 - May 2022

Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainability Education, Prescott College

Research projects include looking at attitudes and motivations towards transportation choices, re-humanizing pedagogy, the influence of toxic masculinity on political and social issues, and shifting perceptions of masculinity through outdoor experiential education.

August 2020 - August 2021

Graduate Certificate in Nature-Based Therapy, Prescott College (CACREP Accredited)

Program based in ecopsycholgy and the role nature-based interventions can play in both formal counseling and therapeutic approaches. In addition to coursework, the program consists of four field-based intensives.

August 2007 - May 2011

Certificate in Outdoor Leadership, National Outdoor Leadership School

This month-long field course provided a space to develop applied educational strategies in the field specifically using the venues of backpacking and rock climbing.

August 2011 - December 2012

Thesis and practicum focused on applied diversity, equity, and inclusion programs to generate higher persistence rates in students of color, specifically African American Males.

Master of Education in Higher Education

August 2007 - May 2010

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Susquehanna University (AACSB Accredited)

Program emphasis on marketing, specifically consumer behavior. Capstone focused on the market opportunities of the male fashion industry.