Associate Professor of Adventure Education
BS, Universite de Sherbrooke, Quebec; MS, Northern Illinois University; EdD, University of Northern Colorado
About Christian Bisson
Christian Bisson has worked in outdoor education with a variety of populations, from young offenders in wilderness therapy programs, to middle and high school students in outdoor education residential programs, to college students, to seniors in Elderhostel programs. Since 1990 he has worked seasonally for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) primarily teaching Outdoor Educator courses. He has taught and led expeditions all over North America from northern Quebec to Alaska from northern Ontario to Arizona, as well as a service learning expedition in Nepal. His personal travels have led him to the Canadian and American Rockies, Australia and New Zealand.
At PSU, Dr. Bisson teaches classes in rock climbing, canoeing, wilderness expedition, adventure leadership and instruction, as well as theory classes in adventure education, both organization and administration, and theory and philosophy. His academic interests include sequencing adventure activities, leadership development, the experiential learning process, small group dynamics and wilderness education. He is currently working on an instructor handbook on effective teaching strategies used in outdoor education.