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Kevin Tatsugawa

Kevin Tatsugawa

Kevin Tatsugawa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor/Adventure Education Program Coordinator

223 Woodward Center
ktatsugawa@westfield.ma.edu
Phone: (413) 572-8384
Year started at WSU: 2010

Education:

Ph.D./University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT/Parks, Recreation and Tourism/ Effects of leadership model, activity type, and group gender composition on self-affirmation and peer acceptance of adolescents
M.S./California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA/Recreation and Leisure Studies/Team challenge course manual
B.S./California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA/Biological Conservation

Biography:

August 2008 – May 2010: Assistant Professor, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sport Science Department, St Cloud State University, St Cloud, MN

Duties consisted of researching, developing curriculum, and instructing departmental core courses as well as concentration requirements, conducting research in areas of interest, acquiring external funding sources, providing service to both the campus community and the community at large, and serving on departmental, college and university committees.  Subjects included Recreation Leadership Techniques, Recreation Administration I, Wilderness Skills, Recreational Facility Design and Management, Recreation Program Planning and Leadership, and Outdoor Education.

August 2007 – May 2008: Lecturer, Recreation and Leisure Studies Program, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA

Duties consisted of researching, developing curriculum, and instructing departmental core courses as well as concentration requirements, managing the E.D.G.E. challenge course, supervising interns, and managing the internship program. Subjects included Introduction to Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, Adventure Based Programming, Senior Seminar, Challenge Course Facilitation, Wilderness Survival, Yosemite Experience, and Internship in Recreation, Parks and Tourism.

August 2005 – May 2007: Assistant Professor, Parks and Recreation Management Program, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Duties consisted of researching, developing curriculum, and instructing departmental core courses as well as concentration requirements, conducting research in areas of interest, acquiring external funding sources, providing service to both the campus community and the community at large, and serving on departmental, college and university committees.  Subjects included Outdoor Leadership Certification I, Outdoor Leadership Certification II, Recreation Leadership and Supervision, Wilderness First Responder, Introduction to Rock Climbing, Basic Safety Systems, Introduction to Orienteering, Introduction to Mountaineering, Snow and Ice In Our Environment, and Mountain and Highland Geography.

August 2002 – May 2005: Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, California State University of Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

 Duties consisted of researching, developing curriculum, and instructing departmental core courses as well as concentration requirements, conducting research in areas of interest, acquiring external funding sources, providing service to both the campus community and the community at large, and serving on departmental, college and university committees.  Subjects included Recreational Uses of Natural Resources, The Outdoor Recreation Experience, Wilderness First Responder, Policies, Issues, and Problems in Leisure Services, Experiential Education in Outdoor Recreation Settings, and Facilities Design and Maintenance.

August 2001 – May 2002: Lecturer, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, California State University of Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

Duties consisted of researching, developing curriculum, and instructing departmental core courses as well as concentration requirements.  Subjects included Recreational Uses of Natural Resources, The Outdoor Recreation Experience, Experiential Education in Outdoor Recreation Settings, and Facilities Design and Maintenance

September 1995 - June 1996: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Duties consisted of researching, developing curriculum, and instructing departmental core courses as well as concentration requirements.  Subjects included: Recreation Leadership and Supervision, Recreation Programming, Organization and Administration in Recreation, Introduction to Computer Applications, Leadership Training and Practicum, Volunteerism, Backcountry Skiing, and Desert Backpacking.

September 1992 - June 1995: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

Duties consisted of researching, developing curriculum, and instructing a departmental concentration requirement.  The subject was outdoor living techniques.

Professional Activities–
Blogs:
  • Bear Necessities: What You Need to Know About Bear Spray (July 22, 2015)
  • ICYMI: The Importance of Sunscreen (August 28, 2014)
  • Describing Cliches: On Hope and Inspiration in Nepal (May 23, 2014)
  • The Access Fund Education Summit: Climbing Etiquette and Education (March 13, 2014)
  • The Access Fund: Building a Better World (October 3, 2013)
  • Tick Prevention, Treatment and Vital Information (July 8, 2013)
  • Sunscreens – Part II: The Solution (July 3, 2013)
  • Sunscreens – Part I: The Problem (July 1, 2013)
  • Lightning Safety 101 (June 17, 2013)
Co-Authored Blogs:
  • How Caffeine in Sports Drinks Affects You (July 25, 2014)
  • Do Energy Drinks Benefit Athletes? (October 25, 2013)
  • Outdoor Adventures with Infants and Toddlers Part II: A Tantrum over a Leaf now it’s a Party (September 10, 2013)
  • Outdoor Adventures with Infants and Toddlers Part I: “You’re Not Going to Take a Stroller?” (September 5, 2013)
  • Heat and hydration Tips by Dr. Mel (August 12, 2013)
  • The Risks of High Altitude Climbing (May 13, 2013)
  • Using Weather Conditions to Predict Avalanches (May 9, 2013)
Publications:
  • Lew, A., Nyapaupane, G., & Tatsugawa, K. (2014). Perceptions of trekking tourism and social and environmental change in Nepal’s Himalayas. Tourism Geographies, 16(3), 415-437.
  • American Mountain Guides Association. (2011). AMGA Single Pitch Instructor 2011 Program Manual. Boulder, CO: Crothers, E., Fox, A., & Tatsugawa, K.
  • Wagner, D. R., D’zatko, K., Tatsugawa, K., Murray, K., Parker, D., Streeper, & T., Willard, K. (2008).  Mt. Whitney: Determinants of summit success and acute mountain sickness. Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise.
  • Wagner, D. R., Tatsugawa, K., Parker, D., & Young, T. (2007). Reliability and utility of a visual analog scale for the assessment of acute mountain sickness. High Altitude Medicine & Biology, 8(1), 27-31.
  • Wagner, D. R., Jamison, F. D., Parker, D., Tatsugawa, K. & Young, T. (2006).  Variables contributing to acute mountain sickness on the summit of Mt. Whitney. Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, 17(4), 221-228.
  • Chih-Chien, C., Chhabra, D., & Tatsugawa, K. H. (2004). Resident perception of the effect of tourism: A case study of the Crystal Basin recreation area, California. E-Review of Tourism Research (eRTR), 2(4), 82-87.
  • Long, T. D., Ellis, G. D., Trunnell, E., Tatsugawa, K. H., & Freeman, P. (2001). Animating recreation experiences through face-to-face leadership: Efficacy of two models. Journal of Recreation and Park Administration, 19(1), 1-22.
Courses currently taught at WSU:
  • MOVP 117 – Introduction to Adventure Education
  • MOVP 154 – Downhill Skiing
  • MOVP 164 – Bicycling
  • MOVP 172 – Orienteering
  • MOVP 173 – Initiative Games and Ropes
  • MOVP 180 – Rock Climbing
  • MOVP 210 – Wilderness First Responder
  • MOVP 245 – Adventure Challenge Instructor
  • MOVP 250 – Adventure Education Leadership
  • MOVP 309 – Adventure Education Programming
  • MOVP 398 – Internship
  • MOVP 399 – Independent Study
Professional Organization Member:
  • Member of The Access Fund
  • Member of the American Alpine Club (AAC)
  • Member of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)
  • Member of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
  • Member of Leave No Trace (LNT)
Awards:

2015

Awardee – Fostering Inclusive and Equitable Pedagogy Retreat

2014

Awardee - Westfield Engages Summer Writing and Planning Retreat

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Grant

2012

Scholarship - Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Master Educator Course

2011

Awardee – Web Camp-Training to teach online or hybrid courses at Westfield State University

2006

Northern Arizona University - Research Grant

2004

American Alpine Club - Research Grant (Co-written with Dale Wagner, Daryl Parker, and Troy Young)

2002

Project Activity Grant - Sawtooth Film Festival
Project Activity Grant - Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
American Alpine Club - Research Grant
Pedagogy Enhancement Award - Wilderness First Responder Course
Pedagogy Enhancement Award - Recreation Education Clearinghouse (Co-written with Richard Batty, Greg Shaw, and Anthony Sheppard)

2001

Project Activity Grant - Adrenaline Film Festival

1995

Forgivable Doctoral Loan Recipient from the state of California

1993

Expedition member - Union Internationale Des Associations D'Alpinisme                                                                
(UIAA) International Himalayan Expedition

1987

Mountaineer Ambassador - US/USSR Youth Exchange Program