PhD (Recreation Resource Management) New York University
MEd (Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Education) University of Minnesota
BSEd (Recreation Education) SUNY Cortland
Dr. Tim O’Connell is a Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies who specializes in outdoor recreation, outdoor education and outdoor leadership. Tim’s research examines the topics of sense of community in groups of people engaged in outdoor activities, sense of place, mental health impacts of participation in outdoor pursuits and reflective practice (with a focus on reflective journaling). He is the co-founder of Brock Basecamp, an outdoor orientation program for incoming students.
Tim is the Co-Editor of Research in Outdoor Education (sponsored by the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors) and former Co-Editor of the Journal of Experiential Education. Dr. O’Connell is a 3M National Teaching Fellow (2017), the recipient of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Aware (2015), Brock’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2012), Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (2012), and the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario Dorothy Walters Leadership Award (2011). Tim has worked as an outdoor leader for Wilderness Inquiry, facilitating wilderness trips for integrated groups of people (including people with and without disabilities) and is a Senior Staff fo rSUNY Cortland’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies annual outdoor education practicum. He is one of Outward Bound Canada’s National Research Coordinators and member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors (http://www.outdooredcoalition.org/)