Christopher Wells, M.S.

Chair of Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Management
Assistant Professor of Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Management

Office Location: Meyer Hall, Room 219
Telephone: 262-245-8570
Fax: 262-245-8565   
Email Address:

My approach to teaching involves finding a balance between classroom-based learning and field-based practical application of classroom learning. I strive to stay current in the parks and recreation field though fieldwork, service projects, and conducting research. I strongly encourage students to find ways to explore career opportunities, network with professionals in the field, and learn new skills through service learning projects, internships, conference attendance, and conducting research.

Ed.D. - Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction - Aurora University (in progress)
M.S. Recreation Administration – Aurora University
B.A. Management and Leadership – Judson University

Areas of Specialization
State and National Parks – History and Public Policy
Outdoor Pursuits
Project Management
Outdoor Education

Courses Taught
REC 1750 Practicum in Outdoor Living Skills
REC 1760 Leisure and Society
REC 2500 Working with Diverse Populations in Parks and Recreation
REC 3400 Outdoor Recreation and Education
REC 5000 Administrative Practicum in Outdoor Experiences
REC 5020 Adventure Education Administration
REC 5420 Philosophy and Methods of Outdoor Education
REC 6000 Research in Recreation Administration
REC 6030 Leisure Philosophy and Behavior
REC 6340 Political and Policy Implications for Recreation Administration
REC 6400 Conference Center Administration
REC 6730 Research Project Development
REC 6740 Research Project Completion
REC 6780 Recreation Administration Internship

Fieldwork and Expedition Experience

Guest scientist on the Expedition RESTORE through the Rozalia Project – July, 2014

Hiking trail maintenance in Yosemite National Park. Expedition led by Conservation Volunteers International Program – September, 2011

Polar expedition training and qualification in Ely, Minnesota. Expedition led by Polar Explorers (Northwest Passage) – February, 2010

Underwater archeological fieldwork to document the Lake Michigan shipwreck S.S. Milwaukee using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sector scan sonar onboard S/V Denis Sullivan. Expedition led by Discovery World Museum – July 2009

Paleontological fieldwork at the Hanksville-Burpee Quarry near Hanksville, UT. Expedition led by Burpee Museum of Natural History – June, 2009

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Woodhouse, J. L., & Wells, C. D. (2011). Anna Botsford Comstock: Beyond science - learning about self and nature through field experience. In T. E. Smith & C. E. Knapp (Eds.) Sourcebook of experiential education: Key thinkers and their ideas (pp. 100-107). New York: Routledge.

Wells, C. (2011, March) Taking experiential education to a deeper level: Underwater research as a context for teaching math, science, social studies and writing, Conference session presented at the Association for Experiential Education Heartland Region Conference, in Martinsville, IN.

Yerkes, R., Emanuelson, D., Wells, C., & Cline, G. (2007, April). Marketing your camp. Conference session presented at the American Camp Association Mid States Camping Conference, St. Charles, IL.

Rho Phi Lambda: National honorary fraternity for recreation, parks, and leisure services
Judith Myers Outstanding Graduate Student Award: George Williams College of Aurora University

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Faculty Advisor – Outdoor Recreation Club
Service Learning Project Leadership – Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Clean Boats – Clean Waters, Citizen Lake Monitoring Network

Other Interests
Bicycling, backpacking, hiking, sailing, kayaking, rock climbing, scuba diving

Open House and Visit Days
Friday, October 24, 2014
Saturday, November 08, 2014