College of Education and Allied Professions

Dr. Andrew Bobilya

Associate Professor
Parks and Recreation Management
Department of Human Services

Dr. Andrew Bobilya

Phone: 828.227.3326
Email: ajbobilya@wcu.edu
Office Address: Reid 122D

Biography:

Dr. Andrew Bobilya currently serves as an Associate Professor of Parks and Recreation Management at Western Carolina University. He earned a B.S. in Outdoor Recreation from Montreat College and an M.S. in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University at Mankato. He holds a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Outdoor Education and Recreation from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Bobilya's teaching background includes courses in recreation management, leadership and group dynamics, recreation programming, outdoor education, research methods, wilderness leadership and technical outdoor skills classes. He is an active author and researcher with current and past research projects focusing on wilderness program outcomes, wilderness solitude, autonomous student experiences, college student transition programs and risk management and autonomous outdoor experiences. He has published over 20 articles and has contributed to five books since 2002. In addition, he has delivered over 50 presentations at various conferences and research symposiums. He currently maintains a research partnership with the North Carolina Outward Bound School. Dr. Bobilya also serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership (JOREL), and was a member of the Association for Experiential Education board of directors for seven years.

Publications:

Refereed Publications:

Bobilya, A. J., Kalisch, K. R., Daniel, B. & Coulson, E. (2015). An Investigation of Participant’s Intended and Actual Transfer of Learning Following an Outward Bound Wilderness Experience. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership, 7(2), 93-111.

Daniel, B., Bobilya, A. J., Kalisch, K. R. & McAvoy, L.H. (2014). Autonomous student experiences in outdoor and adventure education programming. Journal of Experiential Education, 37(1), 4-17. doi:10.1177/1053825913518892.

Bobilya, A. J., Kalisch, K., & Daniel, B. (2014). Participants' perceptions of their outward bound final expedition and the relationship to instructor supervisory position. Journal of Experiential Education. first published on January 3, 2014 as doi:10.1177/1053825913510693.

Faircloth, B., & Bobilya, A. J. (2013). A psychometric investigation of the North Carolina Outward Bound Student Course Impression Scale. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 5(2), 115–118. doi:10.7768/1948-5123.1207.

Marsh, P. E. & Bobilya, A. J. (2013). Examining backcountry adventure as a spiritual experience. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 5(1), 74–95. doi:10.7768/1948-5123.1188.

Kalisch, K. R., Bobilya, A. J. & Daniel, B. (2011). The Outward Bound solo: A study of participants' perceptions. Journal of Experiential Education. 34(1), 1-18.

Bobilya, A. J., Kalisch, K., & Daniel, B. (2011). The Outward Bound Final Expedition: Exploring the Effect of Instructor Positioning on the Student Experience. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Learning. 3(2), 80-83.

Bobilya, A. J., Akey, L. & Mitchell, D. (2011). Outcomes of a spiritually-focused wilderness orientation program. Journal of Experiential Education. 33(4), 301-322.

Bobilya, A. J., Kalisch, K., & Daniel, B. (2011). An investigation of the Outward Bound final expedition. [Abstract]. Journal of Experiential Education, 33(4), 356-359.

Bobilya, A. J., Holman, T., Lindley, B. McAvoy, L. H. (2010). Developing trends and issues in U.S. outdoor and adventure-based experiential education programming. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership. 2 (3), 301-321.

Daniel, B., Bobilya, A. J., Kalisch, K. & Lindley, B. (2010). Lessons from the outward bound solo: Intended transfer of learning. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Learning. 2(1), 37-58.

Bobilya, A. J., Akey, L. & Mitchell, D. (2009). Outcomes of a spiritually-focused wilderness orientation program. [Abstract]. Journal of Experiential Education, 31(3), 440-443.

Bobilya, A. J., Daniel, B, Kalisch, K. R., & Lindley, B. (2009). Lessons from the Outward Bound Solo: Intended transfer of learning. Conference Proceedings of the 2009 National Conference on Outdoor Leadership sponsored by the Wilderness Education Association. Bradford Woods, IN.

Bobilya, A. J., Kalisch, K. R., Daniel, B, & Lindley, B. (2009). Benefits and strategies for facilitating solitary reflection on W.E.A. courses. Conference Proceedings of the 2009 National Conference on Outdoor Leadership sponsored by the Wilderness Education Association. Bradford Woods, IN.

Bobilya, A. J. & Kalisch, K. R. (2006). The wilderness solo: The Effect of Intentional Design [Abstract]. In Paisley, K., McAvoy, L., Young, A. B., Shooter, W., & Bochniak, J. (Eds.), Research in outdoor education: Vol. 8 (pp. 145-146) Cortland, NY: Coalition for Education in the Outdoors.

Daniel, B., Bobilya, A. J. & Kalisch, K. (2006). The life significance of the wilderness solo and strategies for Intentional Solo Design: A summary of two studies. The Journal of the Wilderness Education Association. 18(3), 11-18.

Bobilya, A. J., McAvoy, L.H., & Kalisch, K. R. (2005). The power of the instructor in the solo experience: An empirical study and some non-empirical questions. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 5(1), 35-50.

Bobilya, A. J., Kalisch, K. R., & McAvoy, L. H. (2005). An investigation of the role of the instructor in the solo experience [Abstract]. Journal of Experiential Education, 27(3), 318-321.

Bobilya, A. J., Kalisch, K. R., McAvoy, L. H. & Jacobs, J. (2005). A mixed-method investigation of the solo in a wilderness experience program. In Paisley, K., Bunting, C. J., Young, A. B. & Bloom, K. (Eds.), Research in outdoor education: Vol. 7. (pp. 1 – 18). Cortland, NY: Coalition for Education in the Outdoors.

Jacobs, J. A., McAvoy, L. H. & Bobilya, A. J. (2005). An Analysis of the effects of summer camp employment on emotional intelligence. In Paisley, K., Bunting, C. J., Young, A. B. & Bloom, K. (Eds.), Research in outdoor education: Vol. 7. (pp. 73 – 89). Cortland, NY: Coalition for Education in the Outdoors.

Blackhurst, A. E., Akey, L. D. & Bobilya, A. J. (2003) A qualitative investigation of student outcomes in a residential learning community. Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 15(2), 35-59.

Bobilya, A. J., & Akey, L. D. (2002). An evaluation of adventure education components in a residential learning community. Journal of Experiential Education, 25(2), 296-304.

Book Chapters:

Bobilya, A. J., Daniel, B., Kalisch, K. R. (2015). Autonomous Student Experiences: Are They Too Risky for Today’s Outdoor Adventure Program? In Black, R. & Bricker, K. (Eds.), Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century (pp. 353-357). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Bobilya, A. J., Holman, T., Lindley, B. & McAvoy, L. H. (2015). Changing Landscapes: Trends in North American Adventure Programming. In Black, R. & Bricker, K. (Eds.), Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century (pp. 11-17). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Daniel, B. & Bobilya, A. J. (2012). Guarding Safety Without Compromising Learning: The Value of Unaccompanied Components. In Martin, B. & Wagstaff, M. (Eds.), Controversial Issues in Adventure Programming. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Bobliya, A. J. & Daniel, B. (2011). The Life of Eleanor Duckworth. In Smith, T. & Knapp, C. E. (Eds.), Sourcebook for experiential education: Key thinkers and their contributions. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Bobilya, A. J. & Daniel, B. (2007). The basics of backcountry camping. In Goldenberg, M. & Martin, B. (Eds.), Outdoor Adventures: Hiking & Backpacking. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Bobilya, A. J. (2005) Wilderness, solitude and monastic traditions. In Knapp. C. E. & Smith, T. (Eds.), Exploring the Power of Solo, Silence, and Solitude (pp. 61-74). Boulder, CO: Association for Experiential Education.

Bobilya, A. J., McAvoy, L. H. & Kalisch, K. R. (2005) Lessons from the field: Participants' perceptions of a multi-day wilderness solo. In Knapp. C. E. & Smith, T. (Eds.), Exploring the Power of Solo, Silence, and Solitude (pp. 103 – 120). Boulder, CO: Association for Experiential Education.

Other Publications:
Holman, T., Bobilya, A. & McAvoy, L. (Spring/Summer, 2008). Trends and issues in outdoor adventure programming: Perspectives from practitioners and scholars. Taproot, 18(1), 17-24.

Bobilya, A. J. (contributor) (2007). Dilemmas in outdoor and experiential education: A guide for leadership development. In Smith, T. & Allison, P. (Eds.)

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