Sagamore-Venture Publishing, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, the Western Kentucky University Research Foundation, and the Wilderness Education Association are pleased to announce that Dr. Bruce Martin of Ohio University will serve a three-year term as the new editor-in-chief for the
Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership (
JOREL) beginning in 2019. Dr. Martin is the third editor-in-chief for the journal, preceded by Dr. Andrew J. Bobilya of Western Carolina University, who began as editor in 2010, and Dr. Aram Attarian of North Carolina State University from 2008-2010.
Dr. Martin received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2000 and currently serves as an associate professor and department chair in the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.
At Ohio University, he teaches courses that help students develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for effective professional practice in the fields of outdoor recreation, outdoor education, and outdoor leadership. In addition to Ohio University, Dr. Martin has taught at the University of Northern Colorado; Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska; and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
His research interests include adventure programming, outdoor leadership, experiential education, environmental education, ecotourism, and environmental ethics.
Dr. Martin has been associated with and served in varying capacities for professional organizations such as the Association for Experiential Education, the Wilderness Education Association, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the American Canoe Association, and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.
He is a Leave No Trace Master Educator and is currently certified through the Wilderness Medical Associates as a Wilderness First Responder. He has received many certifications, as well as honors and awards for his dedication. His teaching goes beyond the classroom in the form of publications, presentations, and his years of service to the profession and community.
The current editor-in-chief for
JOREL, Andrew J. Bobilya, has served in this role for the past seven years. He is an associate professor and program director of Parks and Recreation Management at Western Carolina University.
Working alongside the journal advisory board members, Dr. Bobilya has been a key part in increasing the journal's impact including moving from two to four issues per year, creating additional submission categories, establishing and recruiting associate editors, and coordinating two special issues.
Regarding the future of the journal, Dr. Bobilya commented, "The past seven years have been quite a journey as we took this young journal and continued to help move it forward. I am grateful to the visionaries who worked diligently to establish the journal and negotiate a somewhat unique organizational partnership; to the first editor-in-chief, Dr. Aram Attarian, who assisted me in the transition to this role; to the first copy editor, Jamie Mollison Terry, who helped me prepare each issue for five years; to Dr. Raymond Poff, managing editor since the journal's beginning; and to all of the editorial team, authors, reviewers, and subscribers, who contributed in various ways.
Dr. Martin is uniquely positioned to take the journal forward.
I am excited to work alongside him during this transition and see the journal improve its ability to contribute to the literature in outdoor recreation, outdoor education, and outdoor leadership."
During this yearlong transition, Dr. Bobilya and Dr. Martin will work closely together in continuing to produce
JOREL and ensure a smooth transition in 2019.
Referring to his new role of the
JOREL editor-in-chief, Dr. Martin stated, "I am excited about the opportunity to help further establish
JOREL as a leading journal in the outdoor industry, one that serves the traditional purpose of academic journals in their respective disciplines, but also one that is relevant and appealing to practitioners in the field."
We are pleased that Dr. Martin has accepted this position and look forward to working with him in the near future as we continue to grow the
Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.