Meet the OPP Instructors
|Michael Strong- program director and senior instructor
From: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Responsibilities: Michael directs the operations of the Outdoor Pursuits Program, trains outdoor leaders and teaches a variety of outdoor pursuits courses. Michael's main teaching focus is on the gateway course, Wilderness Survival, and professional development courses (Adventure Education and Principles of Outdoor Leadership). Michael also teaches Backpacking, Backcountry Survival, Backcountry Navigation, and Snow Camping.
Background: For a detailed description of Michael's background, education, professional experience and interests check out his resumé.
Daniel Crowe - instructor and rock climbing wall manager
From: Minneapolis Minnesota
Responsibilities: Dan manages the indoor climbing wall in the Student Recreation center and is our technical specialist. He teaches Sport Climbing, Rock Climbing 1, 2, and 3, Route Setting, our technical rescue courses, Intoduction to Lead Climbing, Mountaineering, and Avalanche Safety.
Background: Dan has been involved in climbing since the early 1990's, starting in the retail side of the industry before migrating to the competitive side of the sport. He has set routes for the ASCF and coached a successful climbing team competing at a national level. In the mid 1990's he began his career as a professional guide in Central Oregon. Seeing the need for guided trips in Western Oregon, he created his own guiding company, "Boulderdash" based out of Eugene. Dan loves going on adventures around the world with his wife Janiece and two kids in his free time.
|Jennifer Strong - career non-tenure track faculty
From: Medford, Oregon
Responsibilities: Jennifer teaches Adventure Education in fall term, and rock climbing in winter and spring terms.
Background: Jennifer is an academic coach In Academic Learning Services at the University of Oregon, and owner of Strong Leadership, LLC. A professional facilitator since 1991, Jen specializes in experiential training techniques, helping groups and their members build relationships and improve their communication, leadership and problem solving skills while having fun learning together. Prior to starting her own company, Jen built and managed the Spencer Butte Challenge Course in Eugene, Oregon. A native Oregonian, her main interests include hiking, climbing and recreating with her husband and two dogs.
Anne Borland - career non-tenure track faculty
From: originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (converted Oregonian since 1986)
Responsibilities: Anne teaches Rock Climbing 1 and 2 at our indoor climbing wall, as well as Mountainering.
Background: Anne works as a graphic designer, experiential educator and outdoor instructor and holds degrees in telecommunications and film, and graphic design. She contracts as an outdoor instructor, ropes course facilitator and freelance artist. In her spare time and spare change Anne loves to wander the globe, although more currently the neighborhood, in search of new and exciting adventures and images.
Max Tepfer - career non-tenure track faculty
From: Eugene, Oregon
Responsibilities: Max is an AMGA certified rock guide who teaches rock climbing at our indoor climbing wall, Introduction to Lead Climbing, and Swiftwater Safety.
Background: Growing up in Eugene provided Max with the opportunity to embrace countless outdoor pursuits, which he squandered until age 16 at which point he joined a local high school mountaineering club called the 'Iceaxemen'. After that, he knew that he wanted to work in theoutdoors and ended up enrolling at the University of Oregon as an undergrad, taking courses in the OPP's Outdoor Leadership Program, and volunteering at Iceaxemen as an instructor. Later on, he started working for the National Outdoor Leadership School as a Climbing and Mountaineering instructor. Currently Max splits his time between working as an Adjunct with the OPP, working in the field for NOLS and guiding with Timberline Mountain Guides. When not working, Max spends his time playing on rocks, in the mountains, and occasionally on frozen waterfalls.
Dustin Dawson - career non-tenure track faculty
From: Santa Cruz mountains, California
Responsibilities: Dusting teaches Environmental Education in Spring Term. Beginning Fall Term 2014, Dustin will also teach a new course - Backcountry Cuisine.
Background: Dustin has been a part of the Outdoor Pursuits Program since 1990. He was in the very first Environmental Education class taught in the OPP program and co-instructed the course with Michael Strong the following year. Dustin’s primary job is as a middle school science teacher, and his goal in life is to get as many people addicted to learning about science and the outdoors as possible. If you catch Dustin on the trail, you will likely see a camera glued to his eye as he loves taking up-close pictures of nature’s little miracles.
Chuck Woodward - career non-tenure track faculty
From: Louisville, Kentucky
Responsibilities: Chuck currently teaches our Bouldering courses at the indoor climbing wall, and is the Assistant Manager of this facility.
Background: In the year 1992, Chuck began wandering. In the year 2000, he rambled into Oregon and posted up in Eugene. While attending the University of Oregon, he managed to get a degree in jazz composition despite spending an inordinate amount of time in the backcountry with the Outdoor Pursuits Program. Though an avid boulderer, he has been spotted in a harness. In his dreams, Chuck spends his time touring with his band, climbing, and skiing all over the West Coast. In reality, Chuck is working towards his dreams.
Andreas Rossberg - career non-tenure track faculty
From: A native Oregonian since 1970
Responsibilities: Andreas teaches Rock 1 and Rock 2 climbing courses at the indoor climbing wall.
Background: In 1995, Andreas was introduced to rock climbing during a weekend trip to Smith Rock State Park. For the next seven years, he spent his winters skiing and working as a ski patroller and his summers climbing inthe western US and Canada. Pushing for more difficult grades took a back seat to climbing classic sport and traditional routes as he made his annual solo circuit - starting in the south in April, moving inland in June, and finally northward to Canada before returning to Oregon in September. Andreas lives in Eugene with his wife and can still be found patrolling the slopes of Willamette Pass in the winters and climbing in the summers. In his spare time, he teaches biology at LCC and rigs for concerts and other events around the state.
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