University of New Hampshire, Ph.D. 2005
Philosophy and Methods of Outdoor Education, Psychological Aspects of Adventure Education, Risk and the Human Experience, Adventure Based Travel-Backpacking, Wilderness Emergency Medicine.
Student transitions and social support, specifically focused on wilderness pre-orientation programs.
In 2009, Brent received the Kark Rohnke Award for Creativity from the Association for Experiential Education. This was granted in part for his creative classroom assignments and his dedication to outdoor orientation programming.
Brent received his Ph.D. from UNH in 2005, returning after a successful undergraduate experience in its Outdoor Education Program in the 1980s. Prior to joining the UNH faculty, Brent directed the First-Year Outdoor Program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. He has also worked with therapeutic adventure programs, been an assistant camp director and served as a program director for an adventure travel company. In 1991, Brent developed an outdoor leadership program at New England College in Henniker, N.H. He was a longtime member of the Northeast Advisory Board for the Association of Experiential Education (1996-2007) and has worked extensively with program accreditation (1996- present). He is co-author, along with Bob Baird and Drew Leemon, of the 'Guide to Managing Risks in Wilderness Education,' published by United Educators.' Brent is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (since 1988), and has a long history of active participation in emergency medical care, including service on the Henniker, NH, Rescue Squad (1993-2000) and a National Ski Patrol (1980-2005). Currently he is a wilderness first-aid instructor for SOLO in North Conway, NH.