In addition to working as academic director of Outdoor Studies, Kevin also teaches philosophy at UAS. Kevin's primary philosophical work is in the areas of philosophy of nature and the environment and philosophy of mind. His outdoor interests are centered around alpine skiing and ski mountaineering. Kevin brings over 10 years of experience of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering in the Chugach, Alaska, and Coast ranges of Alaska. His accomplishments include a ski descent of Denali from summit to base camp.
Forest Wagner, Program Director, Outdoor Studies Forest has worked in outdoor education since 2004, guided professionally in the outdoor industry since 2003, and finds employment, when not teaching at the University of Alaska Southeast, on the high peaks of Alaska and internationally. Along with working and teaching in outdoor education, Forest enjoys personal outdoor adventures described by ascent-based activities such as alpine climbing, descent-based activities such as paddling and skiing, and land and ocean travel that articulates an underlying interest in being out on the land (as much as possible). Born and raised in Alaska, Forest's academic interests focus generally on understandings of the north; he is currently working on perceptions of northern identity and motivations for human travel/wandering, and also understandings of climate change.
Shea Mack, Assistant Recreation Manager, UAS Student Recreation Center
Shea has been a guide and outdoor educator since 1998 when he started leading kayak tours along the Baja peninsula. He has since gone onto lead rock climbing, ice climbing, canyoneering, backpacking, and whitewater trips throughout the western United States. An avid paddler, skier, and climber, Shea enjoys exploring under his own power. He has trekked in the Peruvian Andes, paddled the Pacific coast of Baja in winter, and survived skiing before dawn with Ray.
Currently, he manages the climbing wall, intramural/outdoor program, and front desk staff at the UAS Student Recreation Center. He's also an adjunct ODS faculty member. In his spare time he likes to explore the backcountry around Juneau and nearby in the Yukon and British Columbia. Courses taught: ODS 133 Intro to Sea Kayaking, ODS 293 Expedition Sea Kayaking
M.S. Recreation, University of Idaho, 2007
B.A. Outdoor Recreation, Western State College of Colorado, 2003