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

  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Kinesiology
  • KIN 444C: Amped Up: Persp on Adventure
  • KIN 550: Outdoor Educ Phil & Methods
  • 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 686: Wilderness Emergency Med Care

Selected Publications

Gass, M. A. (2018). Instructional Methods. In B. Bell, M. Gass, & S. Priest (Eds.), Instructor's Manual for Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming (1 ed., pp. 1-7). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Gass, M. A. (2018). Evidence. In B. Bell, M. Gass, & S. Priest (Eds.), Instructor's manual for Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming (1 ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Bell, B., Priest, S., & Gass, M. A. (2018). Effective Leadership in adventure programming: Instructor's Manual. Human Kinetics.

Bell, B. J., & Ricker, C. (2018). When Outdoor Orientation Program Idioculture Changes: Understanding Student Resistance. Research in Outdoor Education, 16(1), 1-23. doi:10.1353/roe.2018.0001

Bell, B. J., Gass, M., & Priest, S. (2017). Instructor Guide for Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming, 3rd Edition.. B. Bell (Ed.), Chicago: Human Kinetics.

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., 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

Johnson, J. A., Campbell, A. E., Toewe, C. H., & Bell, B. J. (1990). Knowledge and attitudes about AIDS among first- and second-year medical students.. AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education, 2(1), 48-57.

Johnson, J. A., Sellew, J. F., Campbell, A. E., Haskell, E. G., Gay, A. A., & Bell, B. J. (1988). A program using medical students to teach high school students about AIDS. Academic Medicine, 63(7), 522-30. doi:10.1097/00001888-198807000-00003

Most Cited Publications