Phil M. Mullins, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Northern British Columbia
Office: Lab 8-144
Phone: 250-960-5509

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Education
 
PhD, University of Alberta (2011), Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation.
Mullins, P.M. (2011).  A Phenomenological Approach to Canoe Tripping: Applicability of the Dwelling Perspective (Doctoral dissertation).  Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton.  Read dissertation HERE.  Supervisor: Dr. Karen Fox
MA, University of Alberta (2005), Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
Mullins, P.M. (2005).  Moving Skilfully into the landscape: Implications of (anti)modernism and the dwelling perspective for outdoor recreation and education (Master's thesis).  Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton. Read thesis HERE.   Supervisor: Dr. Karen Fox
HBOR, Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation (1999), Lakehead University
Mullins, P.M. (1999).  Boating Conflict on Lac Saint Louis (Undergraduate Honours Thesis).  School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Supervisor: Dr. R.J. Payne
BA, Major in Geography and Philosophy (1999), Lakehead University
Certificate in Tourism and Recreation Resource Management (1999), Lakehead University

 Research
Mission
To encourage ecologically sustainable and socially just communities and environments through sound collaborative research, critical analysis, and innovative practice in recreation, leisure, and tourism.
Areas of interest
Tourism • Place • Embodied Knowledge • Outdoor Recreation • Skill & Movement • Phenomenology • Pedagogy • Leisure Studies • Environmental Philosophy • Protected Areas Management • Sustainable Development
Methodologies & Methods
  • Qualitative research with particular interests in mobile methodologies, hermeneutic phenomenology, ethnography, and collaborative praxis; see commonplace journey methodology.
  • Participant observation, interviews, narrative analysis, oral history, photo and video elicitation.
Research Projects
Current: Seeking Graduate Students!
  • Making Places and Building Community: The Role of Outdoor Leisure in Resource Development and Environmental Issues.
  • Living and Learning Social and Environmental Relations: Exploring Skill and Embodied Knowledge for Outdoor Education.
  • Outdoor Recreation Clubs: Social Structures Supporting Local Ecological Knowledge and Senses of Place.
  • Expeditions and Advocacy: Examining the Uses of Outdoor Expeditions for Advocacy Work, Social Mobilization, and Change.
Past
Research interpreting human-environment relationships through canoe travel during Padding the Big Sky: From the Mountains to the Arctic 2005, a 100-day, 1,683-kilometer canoe expedition from Hinton, AB, to Kugluktuk, NU.

Scholarly Works
Peer-Reviewed Publications
Journal Articles
  • Mullins, P.M.  (In Press).  The Commonplace Journey Methodology: Exploring Outdoor Adventure Activities through Theoretically-informed Reflective Practice.  Qualitative Research.  Accepted for publication on 20 Mar 2013, 19 pp.  DOI: 10.1177/1468794113495037  Read article HERE.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (In Press).  Conceptualizing Skill within a Participatory Ecological Approach to Outdoor Adventure.  Journal of Experiential Education.  Association for Experiential Education.  Accepted on 9 Jun 2012, 15 pp.  DOI: 10.1177/1053825913498367  Read article HERE.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (In Press).  A Socio-Environmental Case for Skill in Outdoor Adventure.  Journal of Experiential Education.  Accepted 21 Apr. 2013, 15 pp.  DOI: 10.1177/1053825913498366  Read article HERE.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2011).  Ecologies of outdoor skill: An education of attention [Abstract].  Journal of Experiential Education, 33(4), 3790-382.  Read article HERE.
  • Mullins, P.  (2009).  Living stories of the landscape: perception of place through canoeing Canada's north.  Tourism Geographies, 11(2), 233-255  Read article HERE.
  • Fox, K., McAvoy, L., Mullins, P., Robinson, Z., & Ryan, S.  (2004).  Ethical Outdoor Leadership [Abstract].  Journal of Experiential Education.  26(3) 192-93
Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2013).  Outdoor clubs: structuring engagements with place [Abstract].  Future Faces: Outdoor Education Research Innovations and Vision.  6th International Outdoor Education Research Conference.  Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2013).  Applications of the Commonplace Journey: A Mobile Methodology and Pedagogy [Abstract].  6th International Outdoor Education Research Conference.  Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2011).  Outdoor education along lines of becoming.  In Andkjaer, S., Mygind, E., and Poulsen, L. (Eds.).  Research in "friluftsliv" and outdoor education: Different places, critical perspectives and new possibilities!  July 4-8, 2011, Aarhus, Denmark, 54-55  Read article HERE.
  •  Mullins, P.M.  (2011).  Commonplace journey: A critical methodology of praxis.  In Canadian Association for Leisure Studies.  An evolving tapestry: Weaving together the threads of leisure, The Thirteenth Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, May 18-21, 2011; Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario.  270-275  Read article HERE.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2010, Nov. 4-7).  Ecologies of outdoor skill: An education of attention.  In Abstracts from the 2010 Symposium on Experiential Education Research (SEER).  The 38th Annual International Conference of the Association for Experiential Education, Las Vegas, Nevada.  (see Journal Articles)
  • Mullins, P. & Maher, P.T.  (2007).  Padding the Big Sky: Reflections on Place-Based Education and Experience.  In A. Watson and J.D.L. Sproull (Eds.), Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium: Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK.  Proceedings RMRS-P-49.  Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 402-410  Read article HERE.
Thesis and Dissertations
  • Mullins, P.M. (2011).  A Phenomenological Approach to Canoe Tripping: Applicability of the Dwelling Perspective (Doctoral dissertation).  Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton.  Read dissertation HERE.
  • Mullins, P.M. (2005).  Moving Skilfully into the landscape: Implications of (anti)modernism and the dwelling perspective for outdoor recreation and education (Master's thesis).  Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton.  Read thesis HERE.
Posters
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2013, November).  Applications of the Commonplace Journey: A Mobile Methodology and Pedagogy.  6th International Outdoor Education Research Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand. See poster HERE.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2012, June).  Learning to Engage Place and Sustainability through Adventure Travel.  Poster presented at the 18th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Edmonton, Alberta.  See poster HERE.
  • Maher, P. & Mullins, P.  (2005, Oct.)   Paddling the Big Sky: Opportunities for Education, Experience, and Extension.  Poster session presented at the 8th World Wilderness Congress.  Anchorage, Alaska.
Non-Peer Reviewed Publications
Journals
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2013, March).  Pedagogy of Place: Outdoor Education for a Changing World [Book Review].  Journal of Experiential Education, 36(1), 78-79.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (in press).  Manufacturing National Park Nature: Photography, Ecology, and the Wilderness Industry of Jasper [Book Review].  International Journal of Wilderness.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2011).  Understanding Educational Expeditions  [Book Review]. Journal of Experiential Education, 34(2), 203-205  DOI: 10.5193/JEE34.2.203
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2010).  On skill and environmental (re)connections.  Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, 22(4), p 17.  (Invited work)
  • Maher, P., Mullins, P. & Berkers, A.  (2006)  100 days from the Rockies to the Arctic Ocean.  Nastawgan: Quarterly Journal of the Wilderness Canoe Association, 33(1), 1-7
Technical Reports
  • Destination BC (with Whyte, B., White, B.P., Vaugeois, N., Hood, R., Mullins, P.M., Arsenault, N., Shaw, L., Johnsen, S., and Pfahler, U.) (2014).  Tourism Business Essentials: Cultural and Heritage Tourism Development.  Victoria, BC: Destination BC.
  • Mullins, P.M., Bray, A., Mann, J., Miller, J., Hammond, J. and Stephen, J.  (2011).  Accommodation Sector Level Support for a DMO in Vanderhoof, BC.  University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, 96 pages.
  • Mullins, P. & Klassen, T.L.  (2007).  Canadian Field Studies in Africa: Health, Logistics, and Risk Management.  McGill University Policy Manual, 177 pages.
  • Brodsky, R., Corradino, M., and Mullins, P.  (2003).  Rich Program Description of Rhino and Imvepi Refugee Settlements, Uganda.  Toronto, Ontario: Right to Play, 30 pages.
  • Brodsky, R., Corradino, M. and Mullins, P.  (2003).  Assessing Childhood and Community Development through Sport and Play Programs, Uganda.  Toronto, Ontario: Right to Play, 106 pages.
Books and Book Chapters
  • Province of British Columbia (with Landucci, J. & Mullins, P.M.).  Sustainable Tourism: Tourism Business Essentials.  Read Guide HERE.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (in press).  Pursuing sustainable cultural and heritage tourism.  In Tourism Essentials: Cultural and Heritage Tourism Development.  Victoria, BC: Tourism BC.  20 pages
Presentations
Invited Presentations
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2014, Mar. 17).  Canoe Tripping, Stories, and Perception of Place and Movement.  Presented at UNBC to Human Mobility in a Globalized World.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2014, Jan. 6).  Nature-based Recreation and Tourism Development: Concepts and Considerations.  Presented to Mayor and Council, Tumbler Ridge, BC with support from the Community Development Institute of UNBC.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2013, Sept. 19).  Expeditions and Advocacy: Introductory Remarks to the film STAND.  University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George.
  • Maher, P., Root, E., Lowan-Trudeau, G. & Mullins, P.M.  (2013, May 3).  Outdoor and Experiential Education: Professional Development Day with School District 57.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2012, Dec. 14).  Cultural Landscapes: A Summation of Themes (Chair's Comments).  Thinking Mountains 2012: Interdisciplinary Mountain Studies Conference.  University of Alberta, Edmonton.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2011, June 29).  Researching Out in the Open: An Ongoing Exploratory Journey.  Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2011, June 29).  Exploring a Participatory Ecological Approach to Adventure Travel.  Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2009, Feb.).  Travel out in the open: Reflections on research into place and skill.  Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Speaker Series.  University of Alberta, Edmonton.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2009, Mar. 23).  Skilled travel and environmental perception: Researching place through practice.  Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Program, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George.
Refereed Conference Presentations
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2013, Nov. 26).  Outdoor clubs: structuring engagements with place.  6th International Outdoor Education Research Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2013, Nov. 28).  Applications of the Commonplace Journey: A Mobile Methodology and Pedagogy.  6th International Outdoor Education Research Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2013, Jun. 7).  Expeditions and Advocacy: A Shifting Role for Outdoor Recreation in Resource Development.  19th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Estes Park, Colorado, USA.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2012, Dec. 12).  A Participatory Ecological Approach to Mountain Pedagogy.  Thinking Mountains 2012: Interdisciplinary Mountain Studies Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton.
  • Maher, P.T., Beames, S., Thomas, G., Mullins, P.M.  (2012, Nov. 3).  A Conversation on Publishing in Experiential Education.  40th Annual International Association for Experiential Education Conference, Madison, WI.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2012, Sept. 29).  Paddling Out of the Wilderness: Reimagining a Socio-environmental Role for Recreational Canoe Travel in Canada.  Beyond the Culture of Nature: Rethinking Canadian and Environmental Studies Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
  • Maher, P.T., Root, E., Lowan-Trudeau, G., Mullins, P.M.  (2012, Aug. 30).  Beyond Learning by Doing: A look at how reflection is key to experiential learning and how it is used in higher education contexts.  UNBC & CNC Teachng and Learning Conference.  University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2012, Jun. 18).  Senses of Movement in Outdoor Travel.  18th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2011, Jul. 7).  Outdoor Education Along Lines of Becoming.  Fifth International Outdoor Education Research Conference, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2011, May 21).  Commonplace Journey: A Critical Methodology of Praxis.  Thirteenth Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario.
  • Mullins, P.M.  (2010, Nov. 4-7).  Ecologies of Outdoor Skill: An Education of Attention.  Symposium on Experiential Education Research (SEER), the 38th Annual International Conference of the Association for Experiential Education, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Meletis, Z.A., Mullins, P.M., Nowak, N., and Smyth, D.  (2010, Sept. 2).  Sustainability and teaching at UNBC: Inspiring ideas and action.  UNBC Annual Teaching and Learning Conference.  Prince George, British Columbia.
  • Mullins, P., Lashua, B., Robinson, Z., and Fox, K.  (2008, May).  Excursions in hip-hop as art, community, knowledge, and leisure?  Canadian Congress of Leisure Research 12, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Mullins, P.  (2008, May).  Architecture of Adventure Travel.  Canadian Parks for Tomorrow, 40th Anniversary Conference, University of Calgary.
  • Mullins, P.  (2005, April).  Moving Skilfully Into the Landscape: Implications of Antimodernism and the Dwelling Perspective on Outdoor Recreation and Education.  Alberta Roundtable for the Socio-Cultural Study of Physical Activity and Sport, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Mullins, P.  (2004, March).  Living Stories of the Landscape: The Dwelling Perspective in Outdoor Recreation and Education.  Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric: Ethics, Beauty, Environment, Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Mullins, P.  (2003, March).  Dwelling: Wearing the Lakes and Rivers.  Towns and Cities.  Annual Alberta Roundtable for the Socio-Cultural Study of Physical Activity and Sport, Calgary, Alberta.

Teaching
I approach teaching in the field and classroom through real-world projects, places, and issues.  Place-based education allows my students to ask "big" questions, such as "what are the roles of tourism in environmental sustainability?" while fostering community relationships, and developing core academic, professional, and civic abilities.  I encourage critical, analytical, and reflective thought, effective working relationships, and clear communication to enable responsible global citizenship.
Graduate
NOTE: I am currently seeking graduate students for the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Program.  See Research, Projects, Scholarly Works, and Previous Positions for information and examples of the kind of work I do.  Contact me HERE if you are interested.
Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

Supervisor
  • 2014 -- Co-Supervisor (with adjunct Dr. Maher) -- Sandra Borton -- MNRES.  Adventure with Purpose: Conservation Advocacy and Adventure Media.
  • 2013 -- Supervisor -- Kayla Best -- MA NRES (Outdoor Recreation, Conservation, and Tourism).  Shared Identity: Place Making and Recreation in the Face of Natural Resource Development..
  • 2013 -- Co-Supervisor (with Dr. Wright) -- Tim Burkhart -- MA NRES (Outdoor Recreation, Conservation, and Tourism).  Counter Mapping for Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities for the Peach River Break.
Supervisory Committees
  • 2011-2013 -- Supervisory Committee Member -- Blake Rowsell -- MA NRES (ORTM).  Mountain Bike Tourism Development Under the Midnight Sun: Capitalizing on Destination Attributes to Maximize Potential in the Yukon Territory, Canada.  Supervised by Dr. Pat Maher.
  • 2009-2013 -- Supervisory Committee Member -- Brooke Eschuk -- MA candidate, NRES Program (Human Geography).  Come out and Play!  Assessing the Social and Spatial Barriers to Children's Outdoor Physical Activity in Prince George, British Columbia.   Supervised by Dr. Neil Hanlon.
Ongoing
  • 2014-- -- Supervisory Committee Member -- Cherise Chrispen -- MA NRES (Outdoor Recreation, Conservation, and Tourism).  Thinking closer to home: Considering consumption-related beliefs and behaviours of North American sea turtle conservation practitioners.  Supervised by Dr. Zoe Meletis.
  • 2013-- -- Supervisory Committee Member -- Ustab Bhattarai -- PhD Studies.  Ecotourism and sustainability in Chitwan National Park, Nepal.  Supervised by Dr. Pam Wright.
  • 2013-- -- Supervisory Committee Member -- Carling Matthews -- MA NRES (Outdoor Recreation, Conservation, and Tourism).  Communities and Health in Living Landscapes.  Supervised by Dr. Pam Wright.
  • 2012-- -- Supervisory Committee Member -- Cherise Chrispen -- MA NRES (Planning).  Story of Food as Planning Tool.  Supervised by Dr. David Connell.
Courses Taught
Undergraduate
Projects
Courses Taught

Service

Professional Affiliations and Memberships
  • Canadian Association for Leisure Studies (CALS)
  • International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR)
  • International Outdoor Education Research Network (IOERN)
  • Association for Experiential Education (AEE)

Media
Project Change
Northern Gateway Pipeline
Field Courses & Expeditions

Previous Positions
Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation, University of Alberta
Outdoor Explorations:
Academic program development, instruction, and administration of yearly undergraduate field course package (2005-2009).
  • Athabasca River (2005): 29 day canoe expedition from Hinton to Ft. McMurray, AB.
  • Athabasca River (2006, 2007): 21 days canoeing Jasper to town of Athabasca, AB.
  • Jasper National Park (2008, 2009): 12 day backpacking North Boundary Trail, 7 days Jasper town, 8 days introduction to mountaineering, Wapta ice fields.
Supervisor:
Senior Undergraduate Research Project, Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation, University of Alberta (Winter 2008).
Principal Instructor:
400-Level:
- Outdoor Environmental Philosophy: Skill, Travel, Place
- Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks: Historical Perspective (Co-taught)
- Issues in Recreation Practice
300-Level
- Leadership in Adventure Education
200-Level
- Introduction to Outdoor Environmental Education
100-Level
- Leadership in Recreation and Leisure Organizations
- Life, Leisure, and the Pursuit of Happiness
PAC - Physical Activity Classes: Cross Country Skiing; Indoor Wall Climbing; Basic Canoe Skills; Instruction of Canoe Skills, and Introduction to Backcountry Living Skills
School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism, Lakehead University
300-Level
- Co-Instructor: Outdoor Adventure Leadership
Consultant
Canadian Field Studies in Africa, Faculty of Science, McGill University (2007).
Student Affairs Manager
School for Field Studies: Wildlife Management Studies, Kenya; Coastal Rainforest and Fisheries Studies, Bamfield, BC, Canada; Marine Resource Studies, Turks and Caicos Islands (1999-2002)

Links
Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism (new, forthcoming)