Chair, Kathy Lewis
Dr. Kathy Lewis
Program Chair, ESM and ORTM
Office:LAB8 341
Phone; 250 960 6659

Farhad Moghimehfar

Farhad received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. His studies for this degree focused on social psychological investigations of people’s pro-environmental behaviour during nature-based tourism and recreation activities. After his Ph.D., he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta. With an emphasis on human dimensions of natural resources management, his post-doctoral project examined hunting behaviours in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. His teaching and research interests are framed within the context of outdoor recreation and tourism. In particular, he studies sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation, and environmental psychology. His goal is to conduct behaviour research to understand people’s motivations to participate in sustainable outdoor recreation and tourism activities and social psychological predictors of their behaviours.

Farhad will be joining us for the 2016-2017 Academic Year
2016-2017 Teaching:
  • Fall Semester
    • ORTM 205 Outdoor Skills and Leadership
    • ORTM 300 Recreation and Tourism Impacts
  • Winter Semester
    • ORTM 202 Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism
    • ORTM 407 Recreation, Tourism and Communities

Phil Mullins

Associate Professor

Office: Lab 8-144

Phone: 250-960-5509 Email: Philip.mullins@unbc.ca

Before completing his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta, Phil spent a number of years facilitating international field research and study programs focused on community-based environmental problem solving. Inspired by his work in developing nations, Phil critically interprets dominant Western conceptions of human-nature relationships and focuses on socio-ecological approaches to studying, theorizing, and practicing outdoor recreation, education, and tourism. On a general level, Phil investigates the interrelationship of people and place through movement in outdoor activities. In terms of people, he is currently researching how participating and developing skill in outdoor adventure activities (canoe tripping, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking and mountaineering) shape how individuals and groups know landscapes and engage socio-ecological issues, and how these activities position people as participants in dynamic and complex social, ecological, and economic systems relative to sustainability. In terms of place, he is interested in understanding how activity within these systems produce, maintain, and challenge areas of wilderness, parks, and green space. Along with Dr. Maher, Phil is a co-editor of the Journal of Experiential Education. Phil enjoys integrating his teaching, research and practice through field-based programs and projects for his students.

In the 2016-2017 academic year I will be teaching:

  • Fall Semester
    • ORTM 200 Sustainable Recreation and Tourism
  • Winter Semester
    • ORTM 412 Issues and Trends in ORT
    • ORTM 332 Outdoor Experiential and Environmental Education

John Shultis
Associate Professor
Office: LAB 8 214
Phone: (250) 960-5640
John completed his undergraduate education at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, where he received an Honours BSc degree in a joint major of Geography and Environmental and Resource Studies. After working as a paleontologist in Alberta, he went to New Zealand for doctoral studies. His doctoral degree was conferred by the Department of Geography at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1992: the thesis discussed historical and contemporary attitudes towards and utilization of the natural environment, wilderness and protected areas in New Zealand. Research and teaching interests focus on the social and cultural functions of protected areas and wilderness, environmental interpretation, parks planning and management, special event tourism, and the psychological dimensions of recreation and tourism. He has numerous articles and book chapters dealing with these and related issues. Interests include playing and listening to music, backpacking, canoeing, and travelling.
  • Fall Semester 2016
    • ORTM 305 Protected Area Planing and Management
    • ORTM 408 The Psychology of Recreation and Tourism
Winter Semester 2017 - John will be on sabbatical

Pam Wright                                                                   
Associate Professor                                               
Office: LAB 8 248
Phone: 250 960 6353 Pam Wright 

I completed undergraduate degrees in biology and in outdoor recreation management from Lakehead University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in natural resource management from Ohio State University. My research focuses on conservation-based approaches to protected areas design, planning and management; managing and monitoring the ecological integrity of protected areas; indigenous tourism; and the social and ecological impacts and benefits of tourism and recreation on wild spaces. Other research interests include the development of systems-based monitoring approaches for sustainable forest management.
In addition to teaching and working throughout British Columbia and the rest of Canada I've also worked throughout the US and internationally in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
I chair the BC Protected Areas Research Forum (www.unbc.ca/bcparf) an organization dedicated to strengthening the linkages between research and protected areas planning and management.
In 2016 she will be teaching:
  • Fall Semester

    • ORTM 100 Introduction to Outdoor Recreation and Tourism

  • Winter Semester

    • ORTM 306 Indigenous Tourism and Recreation

    • ORTM 310 Research Methods

    • ORTM 400 Conservation Area Design and Management

Adjunct Faculty
Pat Maher
UNBC - Adjunct Faculty
Cape Breton University
Anne HardyAnne Hardy
UNBC - Adjunct Faculty
University of Tasmania
My research interests include community and stakeholder involvement in tourism and issues related to sustainable tourism. I am also interested in interpretation, self drive tourism (as known as rubber tire tourism) and the use of Recreation Vehicles (RVs). My current research is seeking to understand what motivates visitors to take self drive tourism holidays in cars and RVs, how they make decisions whilst on holiday, and their impact upon local communities.

Visiting Scholars
May Kristin Vespestad  (Harstad University College, Norway) -- Fall 2009
•  Guest lecture for ORTM 100
Dr. Anna Thompson  (University of Otago, New Zealand) -- Fall 2010
•  Seminar for the NRESi Colloquium Series
•  Guest lecture for ORTM 100
Andy Thompson  (Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand) -- Fall 2010
•  Presentation to the Prince George Section of the Alpine Club of Canada
•  Guest lecture for ORTM 100

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