MARK WAGSTAFF, Ed.D.
Radford University, Dept of Recreation, Parks and Tourism
Box 6963, Radford, VA 24142
Office: 139 Waldron Hall,
Ph: 540/831-7724, Fax: 540/831-7719
Issues around outdoor leadership and adventure programming.
Oklahoma State University - Ed.D. In Higher Education/College Teaching through Department of Leisure Services. Specialization: Community Counseling. Dissertation: Outdoor Leader Self-Awareness and Its Relationship to Co-Leaders' Perceptions of Influence.
North Carolina State University - M.S. in Recreation Resources, Minor: Math and Science Education
Thesis: Evaluation of Litter Behavior Modification in a River Environment.
North Carolina State University - B.S. in Recreation Resources Administration Concentration in Natural Interpretation.
Courses Taught at RU
RCPT 210 – Introduction to Leisure Services
RCPT 317 – Adventure Programming
RCPT 331 – Outdoor Living Skills
RCPT 413 – Professional Issues
RCPT 414 – Recreation Programming Workshop
RCPT 421 – Challenge Course Facilitation
RCPT 470 – Fieldwork in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
RCPT 476 – Wilderness Institute
Martin, B. & Wagstaff, M. (Eds.) (2012). Controversial issues in adventure programming. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Wagstaff, M. & Attarian, A. (Eds.) (2009). Technical skills for adventure programming: A curriculum guide. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Martin, B., Cashel, C., Wagstaff, M. & Breuing, M. (2006). Introduction to outdoor leadership; Theory and practice. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Drury, J.K., Bonney, B. F., Berman, D., & Wagstaff, M. C. (2005). The backcountry classroom: Lessons, tools and activities for teaching outdoor leaders. (2nd ed.). Guilford, CT: Globe-Pequot – Falcon Press.
Kafsky, J. & Wagstaff, M. (2012). Staff assessment. In G. Harrison & M. Erpelding (Eds.). Outdoor Recreation Program Administration: Essentials for the Professional, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Wagstaff, M. (2010). The power of experience. In Radford University Foundation (Ed.) In Celebration of Teaching: Radford University Faculty Perspectives. Deer Park, NY: Linus Publications.
Wagstaff, M. & Cashel, C. (2008). Paul Petzoldt’s perspective: The final 20 years. In K. Warren, D. Mitten, TA Loeffler (Eds.). Theory & Practice of Experiential Education, Boulder, CO: Association for Experiential Education.
Wagstaff, M., Attarian, A., & Jack, D.K. (2007). Outdoor pursuits. In Project Adventure (Ed.) Adventure Education: Theory and Applications, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Wagstaff, M. (2003). History and philosophy of challenge course programming. In S. Wurdinger, & J. Steffen (Eds.). Challenge Course Programming in Schools, Kendall Hunt Publishing.
Wagstaff, M. (2011). Do outdoor leaders have careers?: An introduction to the outdoor leader career development model. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership: Special Issue 2011 OLRS Research Symposium Abstracts. 3(2),
Brix, E., LaSala, K., & Wagstaff, M. (2011). Evaluation of a team-building retreat to promote nursing faculty cohesion and job satisfaction. Journal of Professional Nursing. 27(3), 174-178.
Birx, E., Wagstaff, M., & VanPatten, S. (2008). Cultivating caring through caring group and ropes course experiences. Nursing Educator. 33(2), 67-70.
Wagstaff, M. & Quinn, W.J. (2007). The challenge course facilitator technical skills assessment tool. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education. 11(1), 29-40.
Wagstaff, M. (Fall, 2006) Honoring Gretta Berglund: The case for abilities and limitations assessment in wilderness leadership. The Journal of the Wilderness Education Association. 18(2) 7-10.
Wagstaff, M. & Cashel, C. (2002). Developing outdoor leaders: Paul Petzoldt’s perspective. Proceedings: 2002 CEO Research Symposium.
Wagstaff, M. & Cashel, C. (2001). Paul Petzoldt’s perspective: The final 20 years. The Journal of Experiential Education, 24(3), 160-165.
Wagstaff, M. (2013). The method and meaning of adventure education in US schools. Japan Institute of Scientific Research of Education. 21, 66-79.
Martin, B. & Wagstaff, M. (2007). Developing practical indicators of outdoor leadership competency. 2007 WEA Conference Proceedings, Estes Park, Colorado.
Wagstaff, M., Martin, B. & Cashel, C. (2006) Outdoor leadership: Developing core competencies. 2006 WEA Conference Proceedings, Bloomington, Indiana.
Wagstaff, M. (Fall, 2006) History of challenge courses. Outward Bound International Newsletter. Outward Bound International. (reprinted)
Wagstaff, M. (December, 2006). History of challenge courses. Association for Challenge Course Technology National Newsletter.
Wagstaff, M. & Quinn W.J. (2006). Challenge course technical skills evaluation tool. Proceedings: 2005 ICORE Research Symposium.
Wagstaff, M. (2005). Waldron College goes to Zululand. RU International Education Newsletter. 6(2), 2.
Christie, B., Drury, J. & Wagstaff, M. (2005). Visiting our past. Proceedings: Wilderness Education Association National Conference 2005, Estes Park Colorado.
Wagstaff, M. (2004, Winter). Resource available to advance adventure programming. Virginia Parks and Recreation Magazine.
Professional Involvement and Certifications
Master Educator Trainer, Leave No Trace
Certified Level One Ropes Technician
Certified Wilderness First Responder
Certified Top Rope Instructor with Professional Climbing Instructor Association
Member of the Association for Experiential Education
Member of the American Canoeing Association
Member of the Wilderness Education Association
Member of Professional Climbing Instructor Association
Member of Virginia Parks and Recreation Society
Reviewer for Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership
Honors and Awards
Excellence in Teaching Award, RU College of Education 2013
WEA Affiliate Award 2012
Inducted member of WEA Presidential Council 2008
Awarded First Annual WEA Instructor Award 2006
Inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Fraternity, RU 2005
Recognized for excellence in advising, Radford University 2004
Department of Recreation Parks and Tourism Personnel Chair
Radford University Sustainability Member – Chair of Education Committee
Department of Recreation Parks and Tourism Assessment Committee
Radford University Selu Advisory Board Member
Radford University, Outdoor Recreation and Leadership Coordinator