University of the Sunshine Coast scholar Dr Glyn Thomas received a national award in recognition of his nearly 30 years of efforts to teach people to appreciate and understand the outdoors.
Dr. Thomas, Senior Lecturer in Outdoor Environmental Education at USC Moreton Bay, was recently awarded the inaugural Outdoor Education Australia (OAS) Fellowship – the organization’s highest honor.
The OAS said the award recognizes his exemplary contribution beyond any paid professional role.
âWe congratulate Glyn for this recognition of her work for the outdoor education community, both here in Australia and around the world,â the organization said.
Dr Thomas said his role as an academic went beyond simply promoting outdoor recreation and education to encouraging people to conserve the natural world.
“It’s about providing participants with positive outdoor experiences that change the way they think and experience the outdoors so that they are more inclined to take care of it in the future,” he said. declared.
Dr Thomas started his professional life as a physical education teacher, but changed direction when he saw the impact that outdoor education could have on people.
âIt’s a great way for people to learn more about themselves, others and the natural world – these are the three pillars we talk about in outdoor education,â he said. .
âI saw teaching at the university level as a way to maximize my impact. Instead of having a positive impact only on my personal participants, I am now preparing emerging outdoor leaders.
âYou broaden the impact by teaching teachers who continue and have their impact on students. “
The Petrie-based scholar has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, his work has been cited over 1,000 times by other authors and recently led the editorial team of a new international manual.
He has served several outdoor education organizations in various volunteer leadership roles and has edited two academic outdoor / experiential education journals over the past 16 years.