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Joshua Roe, Ph.D.

Program Director and Teaching Assistant Professor of Adventure Recreation Management

After working for almost two decades in the outdoor recreation industry, Joshua left the private sector of guiding and outdoor retail to complete his Ph.D. in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at the University of Florida. His research centers on the human emotional connections to recreation areas and providing tools for practical application in outdoor recreation planning.   

He has guided mountaineering expeditions to Mexico and Ecuador, worked as a guide in southeast Alaska, spent a season guiding in the deserts of Arizona, taught Spanish and English in Korea, and took students to New Zealand for a month-long experiential education program.

Before coming to WVU Tech, he was a lecturer with the Hainan University-Arizona State University International Tourism College (HAITC). Prior to ASU, he taught outdoor recreation and leisure courses at the University of Florida both in class and online. 

He is a certified National Registry Emergency Medical Technician, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and swift-water rescue technician. Josh previously volunteered as a certified wildland fire fighter with the USFS in the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska.

He has two wonderful kids and an amazing spouse that love to go hiking, biking, and exploring with him.