Ryan Zwart

Assistant Professor of Outdoor Recreation Studies

Ryan Zwart

Dr. Ryan Zwart joined the Montreat College faculty in Spring 2020. He has a B.S. in recreation and leisure studies and psychology from Calvin College, an M.S. in recreation administration from Indiana University, and Ph.D. in leisure behavior from Indiana University.

Dr. Zwart teaches in the outdoor recreation studies major primarily within the outdoor leadership and adventure education concentration. His research interests include psychological and physiological response to nature exposure, health promoting components of nature and outdoor recreation, outdoor recreation administration and management topics, and outdoor adventure influence on teamwork, leadership, and decision making.

Dr. Zwart has worked with youth and young adults in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors with a focus on post-high school and college-aged populations. He has worked as an outdoor educator at several institutions with a focus on leadership development and outdoor adventure programming. He has also led expeditionary outdoor trips throughout the United States and Canada in a variety of activities including cycling, climbing, sea kayaking, and backpacking.

When reflecting on the field of outdoor recreation, Dr. Zwart says, “The outdoor recreation field is rapidly growing and developing as individuals continue to recognize the unequivocal importance of the outdoors. The field now includes a plethora of career paths including, environmental education, outdoor and adventure education, outdoor industry and business, therapeutic approaches, guiding and trip leading, outdoor program and camp administration, and conservation law officers and park rangers. While our goal is to produce solid outdoor recreation professionals a side effect is that we are producing environmentally conscious, well rounded, thoughtful individual who are able have a positive influence wherever they explore!”