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Ph.D.  Michigan State University - 1994
           East Lansing, MI.
           Area of Study:  Leisure Behavior and Wilderness Education
                                   Minor:  Social Psychology

M.S./M.Ag. Texas A&M University - 1985
         College Station, TX.

         Area of Study:  Natural Resources Development

B.S. Western Illinois University - 1979
        Macomb, IL.

        Area of Study:  Recreation and Park Administration
                                Minor:  Conservation

Title of Doctoral Dissertation:

"Factors influencing leadership development in wilderness education"


Current Position

Professor  Department of Health, Athletic Training, Recreation and Kinesiology (HARK); Longwood University, Farmville, VA.

Professional Licenses and Certifications

Certified National Outdoor Leadership School Instructor (NOLS) - 1989
Certified Wilderness Education Association Instructor  (WEA) - 1981
Leave No Trace (LNT) Masters - 1999
Wilderness First Responder - 2011

Recent Publications and Presentations (within past 5 years).

Koesler, R. (2010). The romance of place:  How can experience foster attachment to PLACE? Association for Outdoor Recreationa nd Education. Minneapolis, MN. Conference proceedings.

Koesler, R. (2008).  Why my colleagues don't understand me?  Adult Day Care Center; Alexandria, VA.

Koesler, R. (2007).  What will you do now??  Invited graduation keynote address at Teton Science Schools in Kelly, WY. 

Koesler, R.  (2007).  Faculty Connection in Chile (NOLS Chile Branch) and Wyoming (Teton Science Schools).  Spring semester, 2007.   

Koesler, R.  (2006).  John Muir and the Hetch Hetchy Controversy.  Session presenter at Teton Science Schools in Kelly, WY.

Koesler, R. (2006).  Credentialing the outdoor industry:  Are certifications the answer? Regional Association for Experiential Education (AEE) Conference.  Oak Hill, W.VA. 

Koesler, R. (2005).  Leadership development:  The continuing saga. Presented with Longwood University students at the Regional AEE Conference: Baltimore, MD.

Koesler, R. (2004).  Generational Leadership:  What goes around comes around.  Regional Association for Experiential Education (AEE) Conference;  Millersville, PA.  

Koesler, R. (2003).  Leadership development for developed leaders.  International conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education (ICORE); Charleston, SC.  Published in conference proceedings.

Koesler, R. (2002).  Outdoor education:  Making the connection to physical education and standards of learning.  The Virginia Journal 24 (2).

Research Interests

Outdoor leadership development, self-efficacy, group development, international/cultural experiences for students.

International Travel Experiences

See Travel Gallery and Research on homepage!