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Jerry Isaak

Chair of Expeditionary Studies
Associate Professor of Expeditionary Studies

Photo of Jerry Isaak on a trail in climbing gearJerry grew up in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia and is a graduate of the Thompson Rivers University Adventure Guide Diploma program. He received an M.Sc. with distinction in Outdoor Education while studying as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and has worked as an expedition leader and guide in Canada, the USA, Morocco, Scotland, Austria and the Arctic. Personal climbing and skiing expeditions include journeys in Kenya, Nepal and throughout North America.

Jerry’s research interests are in the areas of outdoor education, social influences on risk tolerance levels and decision making, and educational expeditions.


  • M.Sc. in Outdoor Education, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Thompson Rivers University Adventure Guide Diploma

Teaching Areas

  • Expedition Theory & Planning
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ice Climbing
  • Backcountry Skiing
  • Avalanche Processes & Leadership
  • History and Culture of Expeditions
  • Adventure Leadership

Research Areas

  • Educational Expeditions
  • Outdoor Education
  • Social Influences on Risk Tolerance Levels and Decision Making

Selected Publications

  • Isaak, G. (2014). Beyond meaningless leisure: John Dewey’s influence on the Eastern Oregon University Outdoor Program. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership, 6(1), 88-94. http://dx.doi.org/10.7768/1948-5123.1195
  • Isaak, G. (2013). Decision-making and social media: The Millennial generation’s persistent weak layer. The Avalanche Review, 32(2) 24-25.
  • Isaak, G. (2011). Balancing more than backpacks: Communitarian ideas applied to educational expeditions. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 15(2), 3-12.
  • Additional publications and conference presentations.
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