NATE FURMAN, PhD portrait
  • Co-Coordinator, U-EXPLORE, Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Associate Professor (Lecturer), Parks, Recreation & Tourism
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Research Statement

My interest areas and publication record include topics such as natural resource management, learning transfer in outdoor/adventure education, decision-making in avalanche terrain, the use of technology in natural settings, pedagogy, programming, public land management, climbing stewardship, and service learning.

 

Presentations

  • Furman, N. (2018, April). Multipitch efficiency. Intermountain Student Outdoor Leadership Seminar. Ogden, Utah. Invited presentation. , Presented, 2018.
  • Furman, N., Sarnoff, P., Hall, G., & Watson, C. Healthy starts young: Getting youth on bikes (October, 2017) Panel Moderator at the Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit. Bryce Canyon, Utah. , Presented, 2017.
  • Furman, N. (April, 2016). Top managed belays and multipitch transitions. Intermountain Student Outdoor Leadership Seminar. Ogden, Utah. Invited presentation. Presented on 4/7/2016. , Accepted, 2016.
  • Marchand, G., Frauman, E., & Furman, N. (2015). Outdoor programs: Your message positioned in evidence-based knowledge. The National Conference of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education. Atlanta, Georgia. , Presented, 2015.
  • 2015, Furman, N. & Bricker, N. (2015). Adventuring advisors and appreciative inquiry. Univesity Academic Advising Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah. , Presented, 2015.
  • Furman, N. & Pall, C. (2013). Strategies for climber education. Annual Conference of the Access Fund, New Paltz, NY. , Presented, 2014.
  • Furman, N., Rose, J., Rushford, N., & Stocksdale, B. (2018, October). Supporting public lands in an age of uncertainty: The Urban Ranger Program. Presentation at the Annual Conference for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education and the Wilderness Education Association, Snowbird, Utah. , Presented, 2018.
  • Rushford, N., Furman, N., Rose, J., & Stocksdale, B. (2018, April). Community collaboration through outdoor public service: The Wasatch Front Urban Ranger Program. Presentation at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference for the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, Burlington, Vermont. , Presented, 2018.
  • Rushford, N., Stocksdale, B., Furman, N., & Rose, J. (2018, March). The development of the Urban Ranger Program. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Utah Recreation and Parks Association, Provo, Utah. , Presented, 2018.
  • Gatti, E., Brownlee, M., & Furman, N. (2017, May). Engaging underrepresented groups via an urban trail ambassador program. Presentation submitted to the 2017 National Outdoor Recreation Conference for the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, Scottsdale, Arizona. , Presented, 2017.
  • Furman, N., Zajchowski, C., & Brownlee, M. (2016). The role of heuristic decision-making in outdoor adventure: Opportunities and limitations. Presentation submitted to the Annual Conference for the Associaiton of Outdoor Recreation and Education. , Submitted, 2016.
  • Furman, N., Gauci, M. Brownlee, M., & Bricker, N. (2016) Assessing motivations for college students engaging in outdoor recreation. Submitted to the Research Symposium of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education. , Submitted, 2016.
  • Zajchowski, C., Furman, N., & Brownlee, M. (2016) Heuristic is not a dirty word: Using cognitive shortcuts to manage risk. Presentation submitted to the International Conference of the Association of Experiential Education. , Submitted, 2016.
  • Bentley, A. & Furman, N. (2014). Electronic technology, mental health, and nature exposure. International Conference of Society for Human Ecology, Bar Harbor, ME. , Presented, 2014.
  • Saxman, B., Bentley, A., McEachern, N., Rushford, N., & Furman, N. (2013). Spinergy: Developing bicycle programming on campus. Annual Conference for the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education, College Park, MD. , Presented, 2013.
  • Furman, N., Morris, S., VanTine, D. (2013). The nuts and bolts of teaching for transfer. The Annual Conference for the Northeast Regional Association of Experiential Education, Beckett Corners, MA. , Presented, 2013.
  • Furman, N., Sibthorp, J., & Pohja, M. (2012). Can we really teach for transfer? Annual Conference for the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education, Snowbird, UT. , Presented, 2012.
  • Furman, N. & Shooter, W. (2011). Avalanche education: The use of the Obvious Clues Method for decision making. Research Symposium at the Annual Conference for the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education, San Antonio, TX. , Presented, 2011.
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  • Furman, N. & Marchand, G. (2011). Top ten reasons to join the AORE Research and Publications Committee. Annual Conference for the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education, San Antonio, TX. , Presented, 2011.
  • Jordan, S. Saxman, B., & Furman, N. (2010). Mentoring strategies in outdoor programs. Annual Conference for the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education, Keystone, CO. , Presented, 2010.
  • Furman, N. & Sibthorp, J. (2010). The transfer of expedition behavior skills from the National Outdoor Leadership School to life post-course. Research Symposium at the Annual Conference for the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education, Keystone, CO. , Presented, 2010.
  • Shooter, W. & Furman, N. (2010). Intuition or cognition: The dual process approach to judgment and decision-making for outdoor leaders. International Conference of the Association for Experiential Education, Las Vegas, NV. , Presented, 2010.
  • Furman, N. & Sibthorp, J. (2010). The effects of a treatment curriculum on the learning transfer of prosocial behavior in adventure education. Outdoor Leadership Research Symposium, Estes Park, CO. , Presented, 2010.
  • Furman, N., Erpelding, M., & Zimmer, T. (2009). The role of heuristic-based decision-making in outdoor education: A 2-sided debate. Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education. Minneapolis, MN. , Presented, 2009.
  • Furman, N., Erpelding, M., & Zimmer, T. (2008). An investigation of Gardner’s multiple intelligences theory. Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education Research Symposium. San Diego, CA. , Presented, 2008.
  • Furman, N. (2008). Exploring experiential education from the vantage point of lifelong outdoor educators. Rocky Mountain Association of Experiential Education. Gunnison, CO. , Presented, 2008.
  • Furman, N. (2007). Rock climbing impacts on the granite of Yosemite National Park and their implications for the sandstone of Zion National Park. Intermountain Leisure Symposium, Provo, UT. , Presented, 2007.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Wasatch Front Urban Rangers Program-Jordan River Commission. PI: - 2017. Total project budget to date:
  • Wasatch Front Urban Ranger Program. PI: - 2020. Total project budget to date:
  • Youth Development and Urban Outreach: Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. PI: - 2018. Total project budget to date:
  • Wasatch Front Urban Ranger Program. PI: - 2017. Total project budget to date:
  • Bonneville Shoreline Trail Urban Ranger Project. PI: - 2015. Total project budget to date:
  • Utah Parks4Kids. PI: - 2018. Total project budget to date:

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Peru
    In my role as a board member of, and instructor for, the School of International Expedition Training, I have developed a strong interest in Peru. I have spent over a year traveling, climbing, and guiding throughout the Cordillera Blanca. I work with Quechan families in the region and have a strong affinity for everything Peruvian...except maybe for eating guinea pig.
  • Greenland
    I participated in a six-member expedition to Greenland in 2007. We completed a number of first ascents on the peaks that surround the area. I published an account of the trip in the 2008 edition of the American Alpine Club journal.
  • United States
    I rely on using public lands for my recreational pursuits and professional career. As a program coordinator and guide, my interests are forever woven into the fabric of public lands. In Utah, having the opportunity to use lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Parks, and State Parks is the highlight of many citizens' experience, but concerns about unchecked extraction industries pose significant threat to this resource. Determining a balance between extraction industries, motorized recreation, and non-motorized recreation will forever be an issue that our society must negotiate.

Publications

  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N., Paisley, K., & Sibthorp, J. (2006). Student learning on expedition-based outdoor education courses (abstract). In W. Taylor, G. Kay, T. Coates, G. Hanley, L. Morgan, & B. Wolfe (Eds.), Proceeding and Research Symposium Abstract of the 20th Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Conference. (pp. 142-144). Whitmore Lake, MI: Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N. & Sibthorp, J. (2011). The transfer of expedition behavior skills from the National Outdoor Leadership School to life post-course. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 3(2), 87-90. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N. & Sibthorp, J. (2011). The transfer of expedition behavior skills from the National Outdoor Leadership School to life post-course. Conference Proceedings of the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education Research Symposium. Keystone, CO. Accepted, .
  • Jeff Rose (date unknown). Rose, J., Paisley, K., Sibthorp, J., Furman, N., & Gookin, J. (2010). Adventure education learning mechanisms across populations: Qualitative results from the National Outdoor Leadership School. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 2(2), 16-18. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N. & Sibthorp, J. (2010). The effects of a treatment curriculum on the learning transfer of prosocial behavior in adventure education. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 2(2), 9-11. Accepted, .
  • Jim Sibthorp (date unknown). Sibthorp, J., Paisley, K., Gookin, J., & Furman, N. (2007). The pedagogic role of participant autonomy in adventure-based programming (abstract). NRPA Leisure Research Symposium. (pp. 254-257). Indianapolis, IN. Accepted, .
  • Scott Schumann (date unknown). Schumann, S., Furman, N., & Shooter, W. (2009). The effect of decision-making factors, risk taking propensity, and environmental conditions on predicted decision-making in hazardous terrain. Abstracts from the Symposium for Experiential Education Research, Montreal, Canada. Journal of Experiential Education, 32(3), 280-284. Accepted, .
  • Furman, N. (date unknown). Wilderness With Honors: Assessing an Extended-Duration Outdoor Orientation Program. (pp. 267-269). Vol. 10. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership. Accepted, .
  • Jim Sibthorp (date unknown). Sibthorp, J., Paisley, K., Furman, N., & Gookin, J. (2008, January) Long-term impacts attributed to participation in wilderness education: Preliminary findings from NOLS (abstract). Abstracts from the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium, (p. 115-117). Martinsville, IN. Accepted, .
  • Karen Paisley (date unknown). Paisley, K., Sibthorp, J., Gookin, J., Furman, N., & Schumann, S. (2008, January). Predictors of participant development though adventure education: Replication and extension of previous findings from NOLS (abstract). Abstracts from the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium, (p. 15-17). Martinsville, IN. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N., Sibthorp, J., Schumann, S., Paisley, K., & Gookin, J. (2008). Learning transferable lessons from adventure education: Qualitative results from a NOLS transfer survey (abstract). Conference Proceedings of the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education Research Symposium. San Diego, CA. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N. & Sibthorp, J. (2012). Adventure programs and learning transfer: An uneasy alliance. In B. Martin and M. Wagstaff (Eds.) Controversial issues in adventure education. Champlain, IL: Human Kinetics.. Accepted, .
  • Wynn Shooter (date unknown). Shooter, W. & Furman, N. (2014). Through adventure education: Using a socio-ecological model in adventure education to address environmental problems. In B. Watchow et al. (Eds.), The Socioecological Educator: 21st Century Renewal of Physical, Health, Environment, and Outdoor Education. (pp. 139-152). Springer: Netherlands.. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N. & Bentley, A. (2015). Technology in Adventure Programming. In R. Black & K. Bricker (Eds) Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century. Venture Publishing: State College, PA.. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N. (2008). Ascents in the Fox Jaw region of Greenland. American Alpine Journal. p. 207-209. Accepted, .
  • Zajchowski, C. (date unknown). Zajchowski, C., Brownlee, M., & Furman, N. (2016). Rx: Heuristic processing in outdoor adventure education. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 8(2), 118-134. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N. (2007). Rock climbing impacts on the granite of Yosemite National Park and their implications for the sandstone of Zion National Park. Journal of Recreation and Leisure, November, 2007. Accepted, .
  • Furman, N. (date unknown). Supporting Public Lands in an Uncertain Age: The Wasatch Front Urban Ranger Program. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. Vol. 37. Accepted, .
  • Dustin, Daniel (date unknown). Dustin, D., Furman, N., Dickinson, T., & Bricker, N. (2015). Wilderness with Honors. The International Journal of Wilderness 21(2), 38-41. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N., Shooter, W., & Schumann, S. (2010). The roles of heuristics, avalanche forecast, and risk propensity on the decision-making of backcountry skiers. Leisure Sciences, 32, 453-469. Accepted, .
  • Jim Sibthorp (date unknown). Sibthorp, J., Furman, N., Paisley, K., Gookin, J. & Schumann, S. (2011). Mechanisms of learning transfer in adventure education: Qualitative results from the NOLS transfer survey. Journal of Experiential Education, 34(2) 109-118. Accepted, .
  • Jim Sibthorp (date unknown). Sibthorp, J., Paisley, K., Furman, N., & Gookin, J. (2008) Long-term impacts attributed to participation in adventure education: Preliminary findings from NOLS. Research in Outdoor Education, 9, 86-102. Accepted, .
  • Karen Paisley (date unknown). Paisley, K., Sibthorp, J., Gookin, J., Furman, N., & Schumann, S. (2008). Predictors of participant development though adventure education: Replication and extension of previous findings from NOLS. Research in Outdoor Education, 9, 60-74. Accepted, .
  • Wynn Shooter (date unknown). Shooter, W. & Furman, N. (2011). Contextualizing recent judgment and decision-making concepts for outdoor leadership research. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 3(3)189-203. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N., Shooter, W., and Tarlen, J. (2013). Environmental factors affecting the predicted decisions of backcountry skiers: An examination of the obvious clues method decision aid. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 5(3), 226-241. Accepted, .
  • Cathryn Haas (date unknown). Haas, C. & Furman, N. (2008). Operation recreation: Adventure challenge: Teaching programming through problem-based learning theory. Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 23, 60-65. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N. & Sibthorp, J. (2014). The development of prosocial behavior in adolescents: A mixed methods study from NOLS. Journal of Experiential Education, (37)2, 1-16. Accepted, .
  • Dan Dustin (date unknown). Dustin, D., Furman, N., Bricker, N., Cederquist, J., & Schumann, S. (2016) The Relevance of Campus Recreation to Higher Education: A University of Utah Example. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership 9(1), 1-8. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N. & Sibthorp, J. (2013). Leveraging experiential learning techniques for transfer. Learning Transfer in Adult Education: New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2013(137), 17-26. Accepted, .
  • Jim Sibthorp (date unknown). Sibthorp, J., Paisley, K., Gookin, J., & Furman, N. (2008). The pedagogic value of student autonomy in adventure education. Journal of Experiential Education 31(2), 136-151. Accepted, .
  • Karen Paisley (date unknown). Paisley, K., Furman, N., Sibthorp, J., & Gookin, J. (2008). Student learning in outdoor education: A case study from the National Outdoor Leadership School. Journal of Experiential Education, 30(3), 201-222. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N. (2011). A primer on controlled and automated decision-making for outdoor leaders. Journal of the Wilderness Education Association. http://www.weainfo.org/en/art/133/. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman , N. (2004). Dyno for the manky chickenhead, bra! Lessons learned from teaching bouldering to NOLS students. NOLS Newsletter. Summer, 2004. Accepted, .
  • Nate Furman (date unknown). Furman, N. (2008) The multiple intelligence theory of Howard Gardner and its (mis)applications for wilderness education. Newsletter of the National Outdoor Leadership School. Fall, 2008. Accepted, .
  • Wynn Shooter (date unknown). Shooter, W., Furman, N., & Schumann, S. (2009). The effect of heuristic traps, risk taking tendency, and environmental conditions on predicted decision-making in hazardous outdoor terrain. Movement, Environment, and Community: A Newsletter for the Monash University Education Department. May, 2009. Accepted, .
  • White, K. (date unknown). White, K., Brownlee, M., Furman, N., & Beeco, A. (2015). Climber access trail mapping and GPS visitor tracking in Indian Creek Utah. Technical report submitted to the Bureau of Land Management. Accepted, .
  • Karen Paisley (date unknown). Paisley, K., Furman, N., Sibthorp, J., Gookin, J. (2008). Student learning in outdoor education: A case study from the National Outdoor Leadership School. Horizon: Newsletter for the Association for Experiential Education, May, 2008. Accepted, .