Brent Bell

Phone: (603) 862-3047
Office: Kinesiology, New Hampshire Hall Rm 211, Durham, NH 03824
Brent Bell in Outdoor Education

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.


  • Ph.D., Education, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., Human Services, New England College
  • B.A., University of New Hampshire

Courses Taught

  • 444C: AMPED UP: Perspectives on Adv
  • 501: Life Act Prog/Cycling
  • 550: OE Philosophy and Methods
  • 686: Wilderness Emergency Med Care
  • 883: Psych Factors of Adventure Ed
  • 980: Independent Study
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Kinesiology
  • KIN 551: Adventr Prog/Backcountry Exper
  • KIN 686: Wilderness Emergency Med Care
  • KIN 696: Independent Study
  • KIN 883: Psych Factors of Adventure Ed
  • KIN 897: Adv Top in Outdoor Education
  • KIN 950: Internship
  • OUT 444C: AMPED UP: Perspectives on Adv
  • OUT 550: OE Philosophy and Methods
  • OUT 551: Backcountry Based Experience
  • OUT 686: Wilderness Emergency Med Care
  • OUT 696: Independent Study
  • RMP 796: Independent Study

Selected Publications

Bell, B. J., Gass, M. A., Nafziger, C. S., & Starbuck, J. D. (2014). The State of Knowledge of Outdoor Orientation Programs. Journal of Experiential Education, 37(1), 31-45. doi:10.1177/1053825913518891

Bell, B. J. (2012). Assessing the Effectiveness of an Adventure-Based First-Year Experience Class. JOURNAL OF COLLEGE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT, 53(2), 347-355. doi:10.1353/csd.2012.0031

Bell, B. J., & Holmes, M. R. (2011). Important Factors Leading to Outdoor Orientation Program Outcomes: A Qualitative Exploration of Survey Results. Journal of Outdoor Recreation Education and Leadership, 3(1). doi:10.7768/1948-5123.1075

Bell, B. J., Holmes, M. R., & Williams, B. G. (2010). A Census of Outdoor Orientation Programs at Four-Year Colleges in the United States. Journal of Experiential Education, 33(1), 1-18. doi:10.5193/jee33.1.1

Bell, B. J., Holmes, M. R., Vigneault, B., & Williams, B. (2008). Student Involvement: Critical Concerns of Outdoor Orientation Programs. Journal of Experiential Education, 30(3), 253-257. doi:10.1177/105382590703000306

Bell, B. J. (2006). Wilderness Orientation: Exploring the Relationship between College Preorientation Programs and Social Support. Journal of Experiential Education, 29(2), 145-167. doi:10.1177/105382590602900206

Bell, B. J. (2006). Social Support Development and Wilderness Pre-Orientation Experiences. Journal of Experiential Education, 28(3), 248-249. doi:10.1177/105382590602800307