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Dr. Anja Whittington

Whittington

Professor
Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism
P.O. Box 6963
Radford, VA 24142
142 Waldron Hall
(540) 831-2476
(540) 831-7724 (fax)
awhittington@radford.edu

Education

  • Ed.D. Individualized Program, University of Maine, 2005  
    • Concentration Areas:  Gender Studies, Adolescent Development, Curriculum Design, Program Evaluation, and Outdoor Recreation
    • Dissertation Title: Girls in the Woods: An Exploration of the Impact of a Wilderness
    • Program on Adolescent Girls’ Constructions of Femininity
  • M.Ed. in Science Education, University of Maine, 2001
  • B.S. in Forestry, University of New Hampshire, 1997 
    • Minor: Soil Science

Research Interests

  • Girls and women’s experiences in outdoor, adventure and recreational settings.

Current Courses

  • RCPT 210 - Introduction to Recreation, Parks and Tourism
  • RCPT 230 - Introduction to Outdoor Recreation
  • RCPT 313 - Program Planning
  • RCPT 430 - Outdoor Leadership
  • RCPT 460 - Wilderness First Responder
  • RCPT 476 - Wilderness Institute

Publications

  • Whittington, A., Budbill, N. & Aspelmeier, J. (2013). Adventure education promotes resiliency in
    girls. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership, 5(2), 169-172.
  • Whittington, A. & Budbill, N. (2013).  Evaluating the impact of an adventure education program on adolescent girls. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership, 15(1), 37-53.
  • Whittington, A., Nixon Mack, E., Budbill, N., McKenney, P., Nixon-Mack, E. (2011).
    All-Girls adventure programmes: What are the benefits? Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 11(1), 1-14.
  • Whittington, A. (2011). Life after the river: Long-term impacts of girls’
    participation in an adventure program. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership, 3(1), 40-52.
  • Whittington, A. & Nixon Mack, E. (2010). Inspiring courage in girls through an adventure
    program. [Special issue]. Journal of Experiential Education, 33(2), 166-180.
  • Whittington, A. (2008). Book review on the handbook of experiential education.
    New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 22(3-4), p. 68-71.
  • Whittington, A. (2006). Challenging girls’ constructions of femininity in the outdoors.
    Journal of Experiential Education, 28(3), 205-221.
  • Whittington, A. (2006). SEER 2005 abstract, Girls in the Woods: Exploring the impact of a wilderness program on adolescent girls’ construction of femininity. Journal of Experiential Education, 28(3), 285-289.

Professional Presentations

  • Whittington, A., Budbill, N. & Aspelmeier, J. (2013). Promoting resiliency in adolescent girls
    through adventure education. Wilderness Education Association Outdoor Leadership Research Symposium.  Black Mountain, NC.
  • Whittington, A. (2011, November). Does this pack make my butt look fat? National Association
    for Experiential Education conference, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Whittington, A. (2011, November). Life after the river: Long-term impacts of girls’ participation
    in an adventure program. National Association for Experiential Education conference, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Whittington, A. (2010, October). Games for group formation. Maine Recreation and Parks
    Association conference, Presque Isle, ME.
  • Whittington, A. (2010, April). Various teaching methods: Differences and implementation. Regional
    Association for Experiential Education Conference, Nobleboro, ME.
  • Finnemore, L. & Whittington, A. (2010, April). Who pays? Establishing fiscal responsibility for
    backcountry evacuations. Regional Association for Experiential Education Conference,
    Nobleboro, ME.

Professional Certifications

  • CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor, American Heart Association
  • CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor and Trainer, National Safety Council
  • Wilderness First Responder/First Aid Instructor, Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities
  • Wilderness EMT, Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities
  • Emergency Medical Technician, National Registry of EMTs
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor, American Red Cross
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
  • Maine State Guide in Recreation

Professional Development Activities

  • Reviewer, Journal of Experiential Education (2012-Pr.)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership, (2013-Pr.)
  • Wilderness Education Association International Conference on Outdoor Leadership. (February 2013). Black Mountain, N.C..
  • Professional Climbing Instructors Association Training. (August 2012).  Black Mountain, N.C..  
  • Faculty Development Stipend. (2012). College of Human Development, Radford University. $10,000.
  • 39th International Conference of the Association for Experiential Education. (November 2011). Jacksonville, FL.
  • Virginia Parks and Recreation Society Annual Conference, (September 2011). Norfolk,  Va.

University Committee Membership/Leadership

  • Advisor, Rho Phi Lambda National Honorary Fraternity (2012-Pr.)
  • Chair Curriculum Committee RCPT (2012-Pr.)
  • Library Liaison, Radford University (2012-Pr.)
  • Bicycle Advocacy Committee, Radford University (2012-Pr.)
  • Women’s History Month Planning Committee (2012- Pr.)
  • Institutional Review Board, Radford University (2011-Pr.)
  • CEHD Outstanding Service Award Committee (2013)
  • CEHD Outstanding Teacher Award Committee (2012)

Community Service

  • Advisory Board, Adventure Youth Mentoring, Roanoke, Va. (2013-Pr.)
  • Southwest Virginia Search and Rescue, Blacksburg, Va. (2012-Pr.)
  • Wilderness First Aid Instructor, Various Locations (2006-Pr.)