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Bruce Martin

Hiking at Utah Ridge Pond
Professor & Program Coordinator
Recreation, Sport Pedagogy and Consumer Sciences
Patton Hall 202Q

Dr. Bruce Martin holds the B.A. in History from Virginia Commonwealth University, the M.S. in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University and the M.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University. He also holds the Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia. Dr. Martin is a professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport Pedagogy and Consumer Sciences whose teaching and research interests are focused on education and workforce development for the outdoor industry and psychosocial processes and outcomes related to adventure programming.

Research, Engagement, and Outreach interests: Education and Workforce Development for the Outdoor Industry; Psychosocial Processes and Outcomes Related to Adventure Programming; Outdoor Leadership Development.

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Martin, B., Breunig, M., Wagstaff, M., & Goldenberg, M.  (2025). Outdoor leadership: Theory and practice (2nd Edition). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Martin, B., Goldenberg, M., Hutson, G. (2025). Outdoor and adventure recreation. In T. Tapps & M. S. Wells (Eds.), Introduction to recreation and leisure (4th Edition) (pp. 325-340). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Wise, M. A., Martin, B., Szolosi, A., Foreman, T. (2023). Habits of connection: From sustainability and saviorship to reciprocity and relationship. Journal of Experiential Education, 46(2), 238-255. DOI 10.1177/10538259221134876

Schmidt, K., Martin, B., Buckley, G., & Szolosi, A. (2022). The social benefits of a city whitewater park. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 14(1), 18-32. DOI: 10.18666/JOREL-2022-V14-I1-11407. 

Warner, R., Martin, B., & Szolosi, A. (2020). Exploring the inclusive praxis of Outward Bound instructors. Education Sciences, 10, 241. DOI:10.3390/educsci10090241.

Velempini, K., & Martin, B. (2019). Place-based education as a framework for tourism education in secondary schools: A case study from the Okavango Delta of Botswana in southern Africa. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhlste.2019.100197

Velempini, K., Martin, B., Smucker, T., Ward-Randolph, A., & Henning, J. (2017). Environmental education in southern Africa: A case study of a secondary school in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Environmental Education Research, DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2017.1377158.

Sandberg, D., Martin, B., Szolosi, A., Casapulla, S., & Early, S. (2017). Developing student leaders within campus outdoor recreation programs: An appreciative inquiry. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, & Leadership, 9(1), 113-127.

Martin, B., Groff, D. G., & Battaglini, C. L. (2014). Negotiating the cancer experience through challenge course programming. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 48(3), 211-228.

Bentley, M. L., Mueller, M. P., Martin, B. (Eds.). (2014). Connecting children with nature: Ideas and activities for parents and teachers. Bethany, OK: Wood ā€˜Nā€™ Barnes Publishing.

Martin, B., & Wagstaff, M. (Eds.). (2012). Controversial issues in adventure programming. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Dexel, L., Martin, B., Black, L., & Yoshino, A. (2011). Re-thinking group development in adventure programming: A qualitative examination. Research in Outdoor Education, 10, 74-86.

Martin, B., Bright, A., Cafaro, P., Mittelstaedt, R., & Bruyere, B. (2009). Assessing the development of environmental virtue among 7th & 8th graders in an Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound school. Journal of Experiential Education, 31(3), 341-358.

Martin, B., Schmid, D., & Parker, M. (2009).  An exploration of judgment and decision making among novice outdoor leaders: A dual-processes approach. Journal of Outdoor  Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 1(1), 38-55.

Allman, T., Mittelstaedt, R., Martin, B., & Goldenberg, M. (2009). Exploring the motivations of BASE jumpers: Extreme sport enthusiasts. Journal of Sport & Tourism, 14(4), 229-247.

Goldenberg, M., & Martin, B. (Eds.). (2008). Outdoor adventures: Hiking and backpacking. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Martin, B. (2003). Wayside attractions: The negotiation of aspirations and careers among African-American adolescent males in an urban alternative school. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.