Dr. Brad Daniel
Professor of Biology, Environmental Studies, and Outdoor Education, Outdoor Education Department Co-Chair
Dr. Brad Daniel has been on the faculty of Montreat College since 1984. He earned his B.S. from Appalachian State University in Biology and Experiential Education and his M.A. in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology and he also holds an M.S. in Outdoor Education from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Daniel received his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at Antioch University. While teaching at Montreat, Dr. Daniel also worked as an adjunct faculty at Antioch University New England from 1998—2005. His work experience also includes chairing the Christian Wilderness Leadership Coalition Board and co-founding Blue Ridge Backcountry, a Christian Wilderness program.
On teaching, Dr. Daniel shares, “Teaching is the art and craft of engaging the heart and mind in order to encourage the full realization of God-given potential. It extends beyond the facts and figures. It is more than just mastery of content. It is the act of investing one’s life in students in order to encourage their mental, emotional, and spiritual growth.”
As someone with a passion for teaching, Dr. Daniel has received multiple honors and awards, including the 2011 Professor of the Decade Award (2001—2010) at Montreat College; the 2008 Montreat College Dean’s Award; the 2003 David Park’s Distinguished Professor Award; the 1996, 1997, and 2006 Who’s Who Among America’s College Teachers; and the 1985, 1988, 1991, 1995 Teacher of the Year Award at Montreat College which is given by both students and faculty. Dr. Daniel has also published numerous articles. His most recent publication is titled “Nighttime Adventures: Exploring and Appreciating the Mysteries of the Night by Leading Walks After Dark,” which was published in Green Teacher Issue 93.
Dr. Andrew Bobilya
Department Co-Chair, Associate Professor of Outdoor Education
Dr. Andrew Bobilya joined the Montreat College faculty in 2005. He earned his B.S. in Outdoor Recreation from Montreat College and an M.S. in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University at Mankato. He holds a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Outdoor Education and Recreation from the University of Minnesota.
Prior to working at Montreat College, Dr. Bobilya was an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has also served as a program coordinator, trainer, and wilderness and adventure program instructor for a variety of outdoor and adventure programs. Dr. Bobilya currently teaches in both the undergraduate outdoor education program and the masters in environmental education. His teaching includes a variety of leadership, outdoor education, and technical skills classes including: Survey of Outdoor Education, Research Methods, Administration and Management, Current Issues, and Whitewater Kayaking. In addition, Dr. Bobilya developed and coordinates the Wilderness Leadership Certificate (Immersion Semester) program and is a certifying instructor and with the Wilderness Education Association.
Dr. Bobilya is an active writer and researcher; he has published over 20 articles and has contributed to three books since 2002. In addition, he has delivered over 50 presentations at various conferences and research symposiums. He and fellow Montreat professors Kalisch and Daniel also maintain a research partnership with the North Carolina Outward Bound School. Dr. Bobilya serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership (JOREL), and is a member of the Association for Experiential Education board of directors. He and his family enjoy playing outside together and sharing the love for God’s creation that has been so instrumental in his growth.
Dr. Dottie Shuman
Professor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Education
Dr. Dottie Shuman arrived at Montreat College in 1996. She has a B.S. in Recreation with Nature Interpretation from Cortland State University, an M.S. in Recreation and Parks from Penn State University, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Environmental Education from the University of Idaho.
Dr. Shuman teaches courses including Survey of Environmental Education Curricula, Environmental Policy and Law, Teaching Methods, Environmental Interpretation, and coordinates the Master of Science in Environmental Education graduate program. She was a co-developer of the MSEE program, and also developed a wilderness/science program called CLIMBE (Center for Learning and Investigation in Mountain Backcountry Ecosystems) at Montreat College.
Dr. Shuman has worked in the field of outdoor and environmental education since the late 1970s. Some of her previous positions have included Park Ranger in Denali National Park and the C&O Canal in Maryland; a Forest Interpretive Ranger in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, and the Hells Canyon recreation area in Oregon and Idaho; a downhill ski instructor in Colorado; and Director of Environmental Education at the Camp Greenkill YMCA in New York.
Dr. Shuman shares, “I teach Environmental Education because I don’t want anyone to miss the glory of our Lord in creation. It is important for me to open the eyes of my students, so that they can open the eyes of the people that they work with in the future!”
Dr. Jim Shores
Associate Professor of Communication and Environmental Studies, Communication and the Arts Department Co-Chair
Dr. Jim Shores arrived at Montreat College in 1997. He has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University and an M.S. in Environmental Science from UNC-Chapel Hill; he is passionate about both fields of study. Dr. Shores teaches Environmental Communication for the Master of Arts in Environmental Education Program. For the Communication Major, he teaches Media Studies, Communication and Culture, Film History and Theory, Screenwriting, and Public Relations. In Environmental Studies, he teaches Conservation Biology, Freshwater Ecosystems, American Ecosystems, Wetland and Coastal Ecosystems, Ecology Labs, and Science Seminar.
Dr. Shores and his wife Carol have run Acts of Renewal, a nationally-touring Christian theatre company, for 20 years. They use theatre and film to explore issues of faith and the human experience, pointing to Christ for hope and healing. They have written and performed for FamilyLife Today, Focus on the Family, Youth for Christ, and for speakers like John Eldredge, Tony Campolo, Dennis Rainey, Gary Thomas, and more. They have also spoken multiple times at more than 70 of the CCCU college campuses in the past 20 years. Dr. Shores won best original screenplay for his comedy, Hunks, a story about body image and self-acceptance, at the Gideon Media Arts Conference in 2010.
When asked what it means to integrate faith and learning, Shores stated, “Helping students explore the integration of faith and learning is important to me. If we don’t like the culture we live in, then we must exercise technical excellence and good critical thinking, so that we can co-create culture with the rest of the world, contributing that which is hopeful and good to our chosen career field.