OP Leadership Team
Associate Director, Outdoor Programs
MA - College Student Development - ASU
I have been teaching students for 20 years in a variety of settings and pursuits including mountaineering, rock climbing, backpacking/trekking, sea kayaking, road and mountain biking, telemark and alpine skiing, canoeing, caving, rafting, challenge courses, extended backcountry expeditions, international adventure travel, and a variety of courses in the classroom. I have implemented over 28 multi~week backcountry expeditions and instructed well over 1,000 field days in outdoor education. Some of the expedition locations I have been fortunate enough to course direct include North Carolina, the Everglades in Florida, the Tetons and Wind River Mountains in Wyoming, the North Cascades in Washington, Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, New Zealand, and Fiji.
Completing a NOLS Instructors Course in 1991 provided me with an outstanding foundation to my work in the field of outdoor adventure education. Working in the non~profit sector in the early 1990s as an Associate Director of Eagles Nest Foundation and Director for the Hante Mountain School, also affiliated with Eagles Nest, has contributed to my professional development in significant ways that continues to complement my work in academia.
I continue to seek new challenges in an effort to remain current and focused in my work. Most recently (June 2006 ~ June 2007) ~ through an initiative I was fortunate enough to have helped develop ~ I was invited to spend one year on the South Island of New Zealand on a faculty exchange at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. Teaching in the School of Travel, Tourism, and Recreation at CPIT, which offers one of the largest and most respected Outdoor Adventure Education degree programs in New Zealand, challenged and inspired me in innumerable ways, and influences the work I do today at ASU.
These experiences~along with a Bachelors Degree in Outdoor Recreation and a Masters Degree in Student Development ~ have provided my foundation for guiding a large, comprehensive university outdoor program. In addition, I maintain a connection to a variety of organizations that inform my work including the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education, Association for Experiential Education, American Canoe Association, American Mountain Guides Association, the Wilderness Medicine Institute, and others.
I have been with ASU Outdoor Programs since 1996 in a variety of different roles, currently serving as Associate Director.
Coordinator- Trips Program & First Ascent
MS - Recreational Studies, Ohio University
Andrew Hawley has been involved in the outdoor education & adventure recreation field for the past 10 years. He has developed as an instructor in an array of disciplines from paddle sports to cycling and rock climbing. Throughout the last ten years, Andrew has had the opportunity to work in a variety of different settings, countries and jobs as an outdoor instructor and guide. Some of his experiences include managing a rafting and kayaking company in Guatemala, working as a senior instructor for REI Outdoor School, being a climbing guide in the southern Sierras and a river guide and kayak instructor on numerous waterways around the world.
Andrew was first exposed to outdoor education at North Carolina State University, where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, worked for NCSU’s Outdoor Adventures program and as a teaching assistant for the various outdoor oriented PE classes. His experience working with college aged students extends to Ohio University where he was the graduate assistant with OU’s Outdoor Program while completing a Master of Science degree in Recreation Studies. He holds certifications and trainings with the ACA, AMGA, WMA, IRF, Rescue Three International, and American Red Cross.
Andrew is excited to be back in North Carolina and share his passion for the outdoors with ASU students and staff.
Coordinator - Climbing Wall, Outing Center & Instructor Development Program (IDP)
MA - Higher Education - Ole Miss
Katie has been working in the outdoor recreation and education field since 2004. She discovered her interest in the outdoors as a college student at Elon University working as a Trip Leader for Elon Outdoors while earning a Sports and Leisure Management degree. After a NOLS Semester course, an internship with Fort Carson’s Adventure Programs & Education, guiding teens on international trips and working with Outward Bound in Moab, she headed to Ole Miss where she worked as a Graduate Assistant in their Outdoors Program and received her Master’s in Higher Education.
Katie was the Director of Outdoor Recreation at the University of South Carolina from 2008 to 2012. During her tenure, the program became the first completely carbon neutral university outdoor program in the country and USC became the first SEC university to receive the League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Friendly University status. In addition to developing the existing program, Katie expanded the Outdoor Program to include a free bike shop, Abandoned Bike Project, service & sustainability program, an orchard and community garden and created an adaptive/inclusive recreation program.
When not working in the Outdoor Program at Appalachian State, Katie works with Landmark Learning and NOLS’ Wilderness Medicine Institute, as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) teaching wilderness medicine courses throughout the country. Additionally, she works as a sales rep for Outdoor Research and Darn Tough. Katie has been actively involved with AORE, the Association of Outdoor Research and Education since 2004 and serves as the Student Development Committee Chair. She also maintains connections and certifications to various industry organizations including: American Mountain Guides Association, The Association of Challenge Course Technology, Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS, American Red Cross & Leave No Trace.
Katie’s true passions are outdoor pursuits and student development - creating opportunities for students, preparing them for and connecting them in the industry is very important to her. Being able to bring in students with little to no experience and develop them into leaders and industry professionals is why she does what she does. Creating a positive, friendly and "family" style culture is a crucial part of an outdoor program. Being open and inclusive to all participants no matter their skill level, physical ability or gender can create a welcoming and accessible student life program!
Katie enjoys traveling and combines this with her love for the outdoors – between guiding trips and her personal travel she has had the opportunity to explore Italy, France, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama and Puerto Rico. In her free time, she loves doing anything outside! Depending on the weather or location you can find Katie hiking, backpacking, biking, climbing, trail running, snowboarding, rafting, stand-up paddle boarding, adventuring with her dog Rivers or gardening.