Jim Stiehl, Ph.D.

Jim Stiehl, Ph.D.Education

  • 1977 Ph.D., UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1974 M.S., UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1968 B.S., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Professional Experience

  • 1988 - Present Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
  • 1983 - 1987 Associate Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • 1979 - 1983 Associate Professor of Physical Education, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

Teaching Areas

Jim teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in: serving diverse populations, outdoor and adventure programming, curriculum, and youth development. A related responsibility is to serve as supervisor of UNC’s Challenge Ropes course.

Research

Research interests include: Outdoor and adventure programs; Personal and social responsibility, leadership, and risk taking; Community-informed service and research; and, Styles of teaching. Of particular interest are factors that influence the well-being of youngsters and how these factors interact with youngsters’ time in and out of school.

Selected Publications

Stiehl, J., Morris, G.S.D., & Sinclair, C. (in press). Teaching physical activity: Change, challenge, and choice. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Stiehl, J., & Chase, D. (in press 2007). Traverse Walls: Pre-climbing and Climbing Activities Traversing walls: Activities on and off the wall. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Stiehl, J., & Ramsey, T. (2005). Climbing Walls: A Complete Guide Climbing walls: A complete guide. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Stiehl, J., & Parker, M. (2007). Outcomes in adventure. In D. Prouty, J. Panicucci, & R. Collinson (Eds.), Adventure education: Theory and applications. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Stiehl, J., & Parker, M. (in press 2007). Outdoor education. In J. Lund & D. Tannehill (Eds.), Standards-based curriculum development. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Stiehl, J., & Galvan, C. “School-based physical activity programs” (2005). Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 76 (9), 25-31.

Parker, M., & Stiehl, J. (in press 2005). Personal and social responsibility. In J. Lund & D. Tannehill (Eds.), Standards-based curriculum development. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Stiehl, J. (2003). Teaching low elements. In S. Wurdinger & J. Steffen (Eds.), Developing challenge course programs for schools. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

Hellison, D., Cutforth, N., Kallusky, J., Martinek, T., Parker, M., & Stiehl, J. (2000). Youth development and physical activity: Linking universities and communities. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Morris, GSD., & Stiehl, J. (1999). Changing kids' games (2nd ed). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Steffen, J. & Stiehl, J. (1998). “Safety in rock and wall climbing and rappelling,” in N. Dougherty (Ed.), Outdoor Recreation Safety. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Stiehl, J. "Becoming responsible: Theoretical and practical considerations" (1993), Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 64 (5), 38-40, 57-59, 70-71.

Personal

Jim has more than 30 years’ experience working with underserved kids and alternative programs for youth, including outdoor and adventure settings. During his professional career, Jim has been a physical education and special education teacher as well as an instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School. His primary commitments include forming community-university partnerships, and developing physical activity climates in which kids feel safe, genuinely successful, connected to one another, and empowered to make appropriate, healthful choices. He enjoys backpacking and baseball with his partner, Julie; reads more than is good for his aging eyes; and, habitually bakes and brews.

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