Outdoor leadership and instruction; leadership styles and group dynamics; unconscious motivations and adventure activities; cooperative learning.
Phipps teaches parks and recreation courses at Western including program planning, outdoor pursuits, outdoor leadership, and experiential education. His research interests are in outdoor leadership and instruction. He has been involved with the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) for over 20 years as an instructor, past board member, and current advisory board member. He has taught in England and Australia as well as in the United States.