NATE FURMAN, PhD portrait
  • Co-Coordinator, U-EXPLORE, Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Associate Professor (Lecturer), Parks, Recreation & Tourism
801-585-3204

Current Courses

Fall 2022

  • PRTL-1248
    NR-AMGA Alpine Course
  • PRTL-1250
    NR-AMGA Single Pitch
  • PRTS-207
    Avalanche-Level 1
  • PRTS-2007
    Avalanche-Level 1
  • PRTL-1250
    NR-AMGA Single Pitch
  • PRTL-1249
    NR-AMGA Climbing Wall
  • PRTL-1247
    NR-AMGA Rock Instructor
  • PRTL-1248
    NR-AMGA Alpine Course
  • PRTL-1246
    NR-AMGA Ski Guide
  • PRTL-1247
    NR-AMGA Rock Instructor
  • HONOR-2300
    Outdoor Rec & Ldrshp
  • PRTL-1246
    NR-AMGA Ski Guide
  • PRTL-1249
    NR-AMGA Climbing Wall
  • PRT-5865
    Experien. Ed Practicum

Summer 2022

Spring 2022

Professional Organizations

  • 2005 - present. Position : Certified Rock Guide, Assistant Alpine Guide.
  • 2015 - present. Position : Member.
  • 2015 - present. Position : Member, and Member of the Policy Committee.
  • 2006 - present. Position : Member.
  • 2014 - present. Position : Member.
  • 2014 - present. Position : Member.
  • 2011 - 2013. Position : Chair.
  • 2009 - 2011. Position : Board Member.
  • 2002 - present. Position : Member.

Teaching Philosophy

Fifteen or so years ago, I sat down to take inventory on my life.  I thought to myself what I could do to encourage responsible social change in the world around me.  There are a number of professions available to achieve this end, from politician to activist to philanthropist to business leader.  Given my predispositions, I felt as though the role of educator was the most powerful and fulfilling way to both invite social change and continue my own growth.  Since that time, my thoughts regarding the purpose and value of education have developed philosophically and pragmatically.  The following statement of teaching philosophy is a collection of beliefs I hold about education.

I believe that education is the answer, and it must serve both the individual and society.  It serves the individual by encouraging both intellectual and moral growth.  It serves society by preparing student to operate within it at a high level.  I tell my students this and let them know the perspective I am coming from.

I believe that education is a systematic, organized method that engages students to study the physical and social world around them and acquire cumulative knowledge of meanings and values.  These outcomes form the basis for critical thinking and intelligent living.  In the classes I teach, I incorporate philosophical and scientific backgrounds, and then encourage students to discover ways that these bodies of knowledge can inform their life.

I believe that education is best achieved by engaging student in high-quality experiences.  Because “experience” is internally constructed, a good deal of forethought must be put in to developing a learning environment that supports experiential education.  After each class, I set aside time to reflect on how the class went, and could be done to improve upon it.

I believe that education should be holistic.  Although it is typically piece-mealed into curricular chunks that focus on a given subject, I believe it is imperative that the teacher considers the whole student, regardless of what discipline is taught.  I take time to facilitate holistic learning by incorporating metaphor into lessons, using journaling activities, facilitating deliberately, and by setting aside time to deal with topics that fall outside the set curriculum.

I believe that the responsibility for teaching is that of the teacher, and the responsibility for learning is that of the learner.  Although I am invested in each of my students, I know that I cannot reach each one.  I do no service to myself or my students by internalizing student behavior.  Not all or our students in the University system are there to learn, and of those that are, not all of them are interested in what I have to teach.  I need to respect their decision and continue to focus on teaching the best I can.

I believe that we know a great deal about how students learn and how we can structure learning environments to serve them.  The burden, then, is on both the educational system and on the educator.  As a teacher, I only have minimal influence on the system, but I can adapt my teaching techniques to work within it.  The following list of techniques are what I strive to accomplish for each class I teach, whether it is a month-long wilderness expedition, a two-hour long seminar, or a semester-length class.

1. Create engaging and active learning experiences.
2. Build trust and rapport.
3. Provide ample time for reflection.
4. Invite questions and engage in dialogue.
5. Hold boundaries.
6. Provide time for practice.
7. Meet students at their level, not the level you wished they were at. 
8. Offer opportunities for challenge.
9. Support when needed.
10. Invite fun.

I believe that these ten things are foundational to the learning processes and serve my students well.  If I am able to accomplish these things—or at least earnestly try to—then I have faith that I am being true to myself, my students, and the decision to become a teacher that I made ten years ago.  I will continue to develop as an educator: it is one of the most challenging and rewarding titles that can be attained, and one that I hope I am deserving of.  

Courses I Teach

  • PRTL-1248 - NR-AMGA Alpine Course
  • PRTL-1250 - NR-AMGA Single Pitch
  • PRTS-207 - Avalanche-Level 1
  • PRTS-2007 - Avalanche-Level 1
  • PRTL-1250 - NR-AMGA Single Pitch
  • PRTL-1249 - NR-AMGA Climbing Wall
  • PRTL-1247 - NR-AMGA Rock Instructor
  • PRTL-1248 - NR-AMGA Alpine Course
  • PRTL-1246 - NR-AMGA Ski Guide
  • PRTL-1247 - NR-AMGA Rock Instructor
  • HONOR-2300 - Outdoor Rec & Ldrshp
  • PRTL-1246 - NR-AMGA Ski Guide
  • PRTL-1249 - NR-AMGA Climbing Wall
  • PRT-5865 - Experien. Ed Practicum
  • PRTL-1249 - NR-AMGA Climbing Wall
  • PRTL-1500 - NR-Spec Topics
  • PEPEC-307 - Management in PRT
  • PRT-5865 - Experien. Ed Practicum
  • PRT-3610 - The Global Citizen
  • PRTL-1247 - NR-AMGA Rock Instructor
  • PRT-3610 - The Global Citizen
  • PRT-2207 - Management in PRT
  • PRTL-1250 - NR-AMGA Single Pitch
  • PRTL-1248 - NR-AMGA Alpine Course
  • PRT-5865 - Experien. Ed Practicum
  • PRTL-1500 - NR-Spec Topics
  • PRTL-1246 - NR-AMGA Ski Guide
  • PRTL-1248 - NR-AMGA Alpine Course
  • PRTL-1247 - NR-AMGA Rock Instructor
  • PRT-2207 - Management in PRT
  • PRTL-1246 - NR-AMGA Ski Guide
  • PRTL-1249 - NR-AMGA Climbing Wall
  • PRTL-1250 - NR-AMGA Single Pitch
  • PRTL-1249 - NR-AMGA Climbing Wall
  • PRTL-1500 - NR-Spec Topics
  • PRTL-1250 - NR-AMGA Single Pitch
  • PRTL-1500 - NR-Spec Topics
  • PRTS-207 - Avalanche-Level 1
  • PRTS-2007 - Avalanche-Level 1
  • PRTS-207 - Avalanche-Level 1
  • PRTS-2007 - Avalanche-Level 1
  • PRTS-2007 - Avalanche-Level 1
  • PRTS-2007 - Avalanche-Level 1
  • PRTL-1247 - NR-AMGA Rock Instructor
  • PRTS-207 - Avalanche-Level 1
  • PRTL-1248 - NR-AMGA Alpine Course
  • PRTS-207 - Avalanche-Level 1
  • PRTS-207 - Avalanche-Level 1
  • PRTL-1500 - NR-Spec Topics
  • PRT-5865 - Experien. Ed Practicum
  • PRTL-1246 - NR-AMGA Ski Guide
  • PRTS-2007 - Avalanche-Level 1

Teaching Projects

  • University of Utah Urban Ranger Program. Project Lead: 2016 - 2016.

Former Students

  • Nick Rushford, . Role: Member.
  • Andrew Leary, . Role: Member.
  • Dan Hohl, . Role: Member.
  • Sarah Morris, . Role: Member.
  • Kathryn White, . Role: Member.
  • Rachel Hopman, . Role: Member.
  • Jack Stauss, . Role: Member.
  • Marc Poole, . Role: Member.
  • Kristen Weissinger, . Role: Member.
  • Andrew Verkouw, . Role: Member.
  • Giselle Slotboom, . Role: Member.